WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into an ‘average country’, through the continuation of ingrained prejudice against caste, class, religion and humans. This slightly twisted version of the first few lines of our Preamble portrays the aptness of how we want to see our Bharat forever.
By the time the reader reads this, I might get dispatched for Pakistan. Also, I completely expect all the antagonism and anger I’ll receive after this. After all, how dare I criticize my country? The revelation of defects which we have forgotten to eliminate from our society makes us a substandard country globally, and this we as ‘Bhartiya’ cannot tolerate.
For instance, the ongoing idiocy of Snapchat’s CEO comment, the reactions of Indians was as irrational as Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif saying, ”Pakistan doesn’t promote terrorism”, likewise, Indians are saying Bharat is not a poor country. The rich Indian Snapchat users don’t know that India has the highest number of people living below poverty lines; they thought every Indian is like them. Chaos aroused when Evan Spiegel reminded Snapchat users about the people to whom they call low class, beggars, villagers, vendors e.t.c, they all fall under the poor category. The alleged statement by Spiegel has directly hit our hypocrisy from the core.
This incident reminds me how sensitive we Indians are at the core of our hearts. Little things said against our own imperfection make us furious. Our sensitive hearts have crippled our rationalist approach which was used to study our own flaws and to improve them. In fact, now we back the argument of ‘bhartiyata’, avoiding the little scope of sensibilities left in the debate of growth and failures of Indian society.
How grossly have we made our sentiments polarized? Any bitter truth about our Bharat falls like an atom bomb in the minds of sensitive-offensive Indians. From actor Aamir’s statement fear to live in this “perfect Bharat” to Shahrukh Khan’s,“perfect Bharat becoming intolerant”- their boldness has taught me to take an offense, if I want to prove myself Bhartiya, else I’ll be sent to neighbor’s territory.
What imperfect people we have become of an imperfect country? We all feel proud of the success of our Bharat. But, a single episode of a reality check about Bharat dissolves us in a black mood that we jump into the conclusion and get offended. What we need is the courage to improve our perennial defects. Besides, we need a liberal state of mind to discern and accept the conflicting standpoint. Else, Bharat will soon be called as an offense-taker.