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Posted: 13 April 2009 at 6:33pm | IP Logged

Folks,
I wanted to ask this question about what it means being an Indian? To be a patriotic Indian, what is required of you? I am not asking for a text book definition, but a cultural definition.

Here's a starter:
1) Owe allegiance to Mother India
2) Respect cultural symbols of India
3) Respect the constitution, although imperfect
4) Be proud of India's diversity of religion, language, culture, dialects, people, food etc
5) ...
6) ...

I will try to compile all your responses and "hopefully" share with you all.

Thanks.

AZ

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Posted: 13 April 2009 at 7:17pm | IP Logged
Nice topic! Here is my list.
 
1. Like you said, show your support to India. Respect our Matrubhoomi (Mother Earth) and do not take part in violence which will make our mother (India) ashamed of us.
 
2. Be accepting of all the religions existing in India. Do not degrade other religions, and respect the religious sentiments of everyone, whether or not you believe in them is another question, but to give other religions the respect they deserve is important. This way, religious violence would decrease a lot, and people of other religions will love each other more.
 
3. Respect the environment of India by not littering and thinking of ways to make it a cleaner more beautiful place. Help the community make India a safer healthier place, so that the citizens are healthier, and live a happier life.
 
4. While enjoying "modern conveniences", do not forget the rich beautiful culture of India. India has one of the most exotic beautiful cultures in the world which even foreigners acknowledge, so forgetting in the name of modernity is a shame.
 
5. Celebrate Indian holidays; take an active part in community activities. Show your support for the nation and its people.
 
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Posted: 13 April 2009 at 9:30pm | IP Logged

hmm

the first one that comes to my mind is ->

"stay in india"LOL

in a general sense, i think placing country 's interests over personal interests would describe an ideal patriot.

however talking about cultural aspects -

i think the points are pretty obvious aren't they ? conservation of monuments , respect for all cultures, not getting blown away by other cultures blindly, etc



Edited by clodpolish - 13 April 2009 at 9:34pm

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it is really a nice thought that really needs attention from people all over the country.
But just Respecting the symbols doesnt count. one should have the feeling of being an Indian from within. If each one do our personal bit of work that is required then it will not require a real movement or a rally to make our country the best
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Posted: 14 April 2009 at 2:17am | IP Logged
very simple. Thinking of oneself as an Indian first rather than as a Punjabi, tamilian, maharashtrian , Bengali etc

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India - Must respect the country itself and be proud of who they are.
 
Never forget your heritage - People must not become so modernized like they are and develop so many American styles. (The wrong kinds).
 
Duty - Indians have a duty, and they must never forget it. They should respect their beliefs and follow their parents.
 
In God We Trust - Remember your faith. I'm including this because Indians weren't atheists from the beginning. Please don't take offense.
 
Always pay respect - Pay respect to your elders and those around you who seek for your good. And like you said, respect the language, constitution, cultural symbols, etc...
 
Nation is Important - Participate in religious and cultural festivals, take care of the country, be a good citizen, etc...

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