Vande Matram

100 years of National Song and our country still debates whether we should sing it not. What could be more pathetic.

I sent an sms to most of my contacts. It is a part of one gazhal by noted Emergency era poet, Shri Dushyant Kumar.

“Mere seene mein nahi, to tere seene mein sahi
ho kahin bhi aag lekin aag jalni chahiya
Sirf hungama khada karna mera maksad nahi
meri koshish hai ki yeh surat badalni chahiye”

“If not in my heart, then let it be in yours
wherever the fire may be, burn it must
Creating only a disturbance is not my intent
my effort is that these circumstances should change”

the response(s) i got is an indicator of how much our generation cares for the episode. leaving the details aside, what i got back was a mixture of ignorance, apathy, nationalism and a self-before-everything attitude.

a nation whose youth doesn’t care for what is happening around; whose youth doesn’t have a sense of history, leave the lessons learned is, i feel going steadily down the drain. i fear the seeds of a second partition are being sown discreetly, once again.


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