Youth In India Today – Patriotic?

India is a country which has gone through multiple phases of ideological revolution. Our county has its pride in patriotism that has been deeply rooted through the spirit of belongingness to the country. Our country is also a mother of many inventions and concepts that are highly popular across the globe. Youth in India today may not be aware of the rich history and heritage that has been lauded by the world leaders. Our might is in the brains and ideologies that lead to philosophies which are not only popular but also enlightening and thought provoking. Realistic thinking has also been a trademark of our national agenda. Being realistic and practical was one of the successful strategies that are followed in the past which still hold the key in the developing world.

Our youth of the present generation is to be aware of the past which is glorious and lauded by the global leaders and great historians from many renowned countries. There is also a challenge that we face in terms of keeping our connect and integrity intact with the ideologies which are patriotic in nature. Today, we are living in a highly globalized and urbanized society which has its reach to the global affairs and culture by means of media and other sophisticated ways. The youth of today is not really exposed to the ideologies that are direct implications to the patriotic thinking of national interests and the spirit of nationalism.

The post modern youth of India is being kept under dilemma by various interest groups in our society who have a specific opinion about the culture that is linked to the patriotic thinking. There is a notion that has been spread across the urban and rural areas calling the Indians to Be Indian and Buy Indian or use Indian products or stand by the Indian culture in terms of dressing and follow the professional path in a very traditional way. The youth in India today may or may not be willing to be linked with this notion as this may be totally against the sense of freedom as they perceive. There can be a balance achieved as far as this issue is concerned. This is an issue about patriotism and definitely not about the culture.

The youth of our generation is as patriotic as our previous generations. They want to see India on the top spot in every field. They have a maximum exposure to the global affairs and the cultures around. They can easily find acceptance by neutralizing their culture which is not an issue of patriotism, for instance the dressing sense to meet up with some civilization is not an aberration to patriotism.

Patriotism in our present day context is to preserve the sovereignty of our country through democracy and free speech to achieve a society that is fundamentally sound in its basics of civilization. Culture is a subjective issue that need not be censored in the name of ‘’being an Indian as ‘against to be an Indian’.

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