Happy Republic Day, or is it?

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
happy republic day

Yes, he is going to decide india’s government in 3 years by vote, but what about us? We are doing it now. And i see we haven’t done a very good job.

Time to think and act. All the best.

PS: Happy Republic Day


13 thoughts on “Happy Republic Day, or is it?

  1. You know, I don’t like this post at all. I know there is nothing new about it. But, this time I am very/ extremely disappointed. I don’t understand the purpose of writing it, or the message you want to convey. there are some fundamental flaws in the post.

    First of all, it’s not the government of India but the judiciary system which is the guardian of Constitution. So, it’s the judiciary system which sees to it whether we follow the constitution or not.

    Apart from that, I see that there is a constant harping on the issues of Kasab, corruption, reservation etc. I understand the anxiety, but we also need to realise that there are as many voices for it as there are against it.

    Somewhere I hope that we should stop going after the symptoms of problems and target the problems themselves.

    1. Not liking the post, not new.
      Nothing new about it, again, i agree.
      Purpose of writing and the legal facts, let me explain,
      This is actually a conversation that happened, i obviously edited it enough to be published as a post. This is not about constitution or judiciary or the government, it’s about us doing something for it.
      It’s not about corruption or kasab, it’s about the thousands of problems conveyed with their name.
      Getting to the cause of problem is the only way finishing it. While some people try to finish it’s root, there HAVE to be some who keep reminding them about it.
      What i have stated here isn’t anything i want to be legally stamped, it’s how an ignorant and common kid sees his country and that is something we need to improve on.
      Anyway, i wish someday i’ll be able to write something that you like, will be rather an achievement for me 🙂

  2. You know what, when I was commenting, I knew that you will defend it on the name of the unawareness of general public. And therefore, any further discussion is irrelevant!

    But, given the fact that you had taken the responsibility of reminding us that there are some problems, I wished it could be a more well-informed post!

    Never mind, I am still optimistic to see something better someday! 🙂

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