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Grow up, Indians

Are protests the only way to bring in change in the country? Photo: P.V. Sivakumar   | Photo Credit: P_V_SIVAKUMAR

When I was in Std V, I was told India is a beautiful country with 25 States; in Std VII it became 28. Today as I graduate, I find the news of the 29th free State of India. So are all our states economically stable? Completely literate? Or are we still developing?

Agitation was something our elders undertook to fulfil their demands like overthrowing colonialism, educating women and children, eliminating discrimination and finally, getting us all united as one nation.

Partition of Bengal was not welcomed. Was it only because our leaders anticipated Lord Curzon’s idea of ‘divide and rule’? No, it was because our country back then was united, gregarious and people loved one another. Today, our reason to agitate has changed. Partition has become the only anodyne, but we still don’t refrain from calling ourselves united. Our unity arises only at times of a calamity or a war, else it’s the ‘what difference does it make to us’ attitude.

To bring on a change, mere divisioncan never be a solution. We should take the first steps, educate children, assist the weak, work at the grassroot level and only then will we see development in our nation. Anyone can be a couch potato, change news channels, talk about development and progress, but only REAL Indians would wake up and take the first step. It’s well over time we grew up!


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