A Republican in the Land of Diversities
Greetings for the Republic Day! 65 years of existence as a republic has not withered the pride and enthusiasm of Republic day celebrations; however its significance is seldomly realised. Though India’s Republican status is taken for granted, it was considered impossible not very long ago. Since times immemorial, India has been a land of contrast; Famous American Writer and Thinker, Mark Twain once said :
“The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, whose yesterday’s bear date with the modering antiquities for the rest of nations-the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined”
The idea of equality in citizens embedded in a republic, is something our nation has be proud of…The makers of Indian constitution did manage to pull- off a miracle, by not just creating the longest written constitution; but also the most respected one.
It is our duty to preserve ‘the idea of India’ enshrined in our constitution. Even in the age of globalisation, India’s inclusive nationalism is a relevant concept. India’s Nationalism is a positive idea, unlike the more common ‘aggressive nationalism’ of the West. It teaches unity in diversity, which is a step beyond even American nationalism, that propounds itself, as a melting pot of civilizations. By encouraging the harmonization of multiple ethnic identities with macro-nationalism, India’s constitution has a solution for one of the biggest challenges of globalization.
In a land of diversities, this definitely calls for a celebration.