I have loved my country ever since I was a child. And this was instilled in me by my parents who would always bring me books that told the story of this incredible country—folk tales, books on various festivals of India, biographies of freedom fighters, Amar Chitra Katha , Chandamama and many more . This huge country, her people and their culture fascinate me. But my love is not blind, I know the weaknesses too. I know there are several areas such as infrastructure, politics, economy and the like, where there is a big need for improvement. But as a citizen of this country, I believe in doing my bit and taking pride in the good things.
There have been some friends who have questioned this belief of mine: what is there to be so proud of India? I have met many people who live here and think very negatively about the country, while there are many who are expatriates but have unconditional love and respect their country. Again, there are a few others who were born and brought up in India, but just a few years of living abroad made them hyper critical of their own country. Pointing out our weaknesses is good and very important, but those who really make an effort on improving things are few and far between.
I wonder if I need a reason at all to love my country. I also don’t know if I need to explain why I’m happy living in this country. What I do know is that I love my land with all its strengths and weaknesses. It is my motherland, and I don’t need any reason to love my mother.
How do you feel about your country? Are you proud of it? Are you happy living there? And if you live abroad, do you think that the country you actually came from is a bad place?
Please share your views.