60 Years of ‘misused’ Republic


Well, I had no other words. It was the 60th Republic Day and a few channels aired the new ‘Phir Mile Sur mera Tumhara’ apparently looking forward to increase their TRP’s.

But what struck me the most was the fact that we do not respect the people who guard us at the borders. I traveled back to Bangalore, as sleepily as  the characters in the New Mile Sur…. But was woken up by a huge commotion in the bus. Reason: Someone stomped on someone’s foot and called him a drunkard, of course the person at the receiving end not being the both!

It went to such an extent that the man had to explicitly tell that he was very much disciplined and an ex-service man and knew absolutely how to behave in public. This is when he was being abused with the most corrupt words in the Local Lingo. Well India, here is a question that we must ask ourselves. How are we behaving with the people who pledge their lives to guard us? Is this the way? Is this the respect they deserve?

By all means my answer is ‘NO’. Firstly the person was aged say about 60, and the other person was probably in his thirties. Dude first thing, respect your elders. Secondly he was plain and sincere in his response. Lastly, he had worked in the armed forces and had pledged his life for the nation. The other guy in question was probably not even patriotic by a tenth of our old man! This probably calls in for a change in our thoughts and re-look at how we treat others in the society no matter what or where they belong to.

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About amarharish
Was working as a Consultant for Five Years. Moved on to pursue a Masters in Management at Great Lakes, Chennai. Interests include Hi Tech, Brands, Quizzing, Leadership to name a few!

2 Responses to 60 Years of ‘misused’ Republic

  1. dhanraj says:

    dude,
    I don’t know what exactly happened. but somewhere i feel your comments are a bit prematured. As much as i agree that WE Indians have to learn a lot about public behavior. I don’t agree with couple of things. It is only my view here..

    respect for age.. have heard that one before. we just don’t have to respect anyone just because they have existed!!

    Not everyone in the army, present or the past, are people who have pledge their lives for the country. There is no point in generalizing.

    I agree to the fact that we have a long way to go in terms of how we need to treat others in the society.

    • amarharish says:

      @ Dhana: But its an irony that this had to happen on the 26th of January! At least respect people who guard the frontier two days a year!

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