Caste System, Issues in India, Politics in India

It is time to recapture Indianness

With the birth of Independent India (That is Bharath) the simultaneous partition and the birth of Pakistan notwithstanding, we Indians took a vow to “redeem our pledge, though not in fall measure but substantially”. Our mantra used to be “INDIA, INDIA, INDIA” and our beloved leaders kept on reminding us of the fact that we are at liberty to live in any corner of India, mainly because it is our birth right. When there was food scarcity or such problems, we used to overcome them without creating unpleasant scenes.

Slowly but steadily, most of us were under the influence of regional leaders who were bent upon erasing the Indianness from our minds, and there were others who did their best to lay foundations for their castes.

Inspite of all these negative developments. The “Indianness” returned now and then when there were cricket matches!

We can’t afford to be regional or caste-minded citizens. Our strength lies in unity in diversity. Let us break away from divisive elements. So, on your march…

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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