Samuel Johnson, who compiled the English dictionary once said: “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Meaning that any crime and any misbehavior was tolerated as long as it was committed by one who kept shouting that he loved his country. And, on the other hand, the individual who questioned the behavior of the country or government was a traitor, no matter how noble he/she was. In our time and in our country, too, this is true. I will come to that later. First, let us look at the actual meaning of Patriotism.
“Patriots always talk of dying for their country & never of killing for their country”……….Bertrand Russell
“We want freedom for our country, but not at the exploitation of others, not us to degrade other countries … I want the freedom of my country so that other countries may learn something from my free country so that the resources of my country might be utilized for the benefit of mankind”……….Lal Bahadur Shastri
“The world is my country; all mankind is my brethren, and to do good is my religion”……….Thomas Paine
“India will have to hang her head in shame if even one person is left who is said in any way to be untouchable”……….Lal Bahadur Shatri
“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind”……..Albert Einstein
“You can change friends but not neighbor’s”…………………..Atal Bihary Bajpaee
Now let us look at what’s happening in our India.
The Undeclared 10 thumb rules of Patriotism : Now days in our India Patriotism mean’s like that. (Specially in the states ruled by Bharatiya Janata Party)
- Don’t raise voice or ask questions to Govt.
- Don’t raise questions on Modi Ji. Be a “Andhabhakt”.
- Accept what Modi Ji did & support what he said.
- Don’t do any protest against Govt. Otherwise will face the case of Sedition no matter how noble he/she is. Especially if you are from minorities (Muslims).
- Don’t do criticism of any Govt. policies.
- Hate Muslims. Hate Pakistan. Giving more values to the caste & crew, religion, myths than modern science.
- Chant “Bhatar Mata Ki Jay” & chant “Jay Shree Ram”.
- Inter caste marriage is not acceptable. Accept the Untouchability in society.
- The facts have become unimportant and useless. What is important is the constant shouting of patriotism and the abusing of rivals as traitors, even as it undermines the interests of the people.
- If you are a BJP party member/leader you are true Patriot & you have the full freedom of speech for saying anything’s. If will face any legal cases by the way then BJP party will support you, save you & recognize you with garlands no matter what crimes he/she did.
When you will visit social media’s here at India you will find thousand’s of crores of troll army who will troll you if anyone may raises voices against the above any point’s no matter how noble he/she is. A huge numbers of NRI Indians also have paying for the antisocial activities.
What a democracy.
The entire post is self explanatory. Comments please. Your comments will make my days better.
live & let live.