It was the republic day parade, trying to show my knowledge, I said “You know we celebrate 26th jan because that is the day our constitution came into effect!”
“What is a constitution?” He asked.
“It’s sort of document, defining all our laws and regulations and other things” I tried making it as easy as i could.
He: “So is it like we have to follow rules to live?”
Me: “Yes, not like someone is dictating on us but still you live in a society and you have to care for everyone’s freedom right?”
He: “Oh.. So, about this constitution, Who checks if we’re following it or not?”
Me: “The government. We have different people to look towards different matters”
He: “So are we allowed by the constitution to give unfair advantages to people, take bribe and do corruption?”
Me: “No, and ideally government is supposed to take care of it. It’s hard for you to understand these things”
He: “I know I don’t know much, but then am I not supposed to know this?”
Me: “no, you are supposed to know that our constitution is the biggest in the world and we should be proud to be living in a country which is democratic and we have freedom of speech here” (i was hoping he doesn’t ask me the meaning of democracy)
He: “so we are allowed to say anything? Is that the reason why we see everyone abusing each other in parliaments?”
Me: “no, that’s something they shouldn’t do, similar is with bribe and corruption, it is not right. But look at other good things, don’t you read newspaper?”
He: “I do. So other right things mean? Are we talking about kasab being protected? I don’t know what he did and why people want him to be dead, but i think the constitution is protecting him.”
Me: “again, you’re looking the dark side. What about the education you get, the facilities we have, the things we see”
He: “yeah, you’re right. But yesterday you only were saying reservation sucks. And that india has the biggest requirement of new roads and infrastructure”
first I cursed myself for saying that, then i vehemently proceeded “there are pros and cons about everything, but we must be proud of our country and the constitution”
He: “We are.. But shouldn’t we be proud of our government and politics too?”
And hence, the 15-year-old sunny made me speechless.
happy republic day