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Dear India, Am I an Anti-National If I Don’t Say ‘Jai Hind’?

Why has the definition of a good Indian changed?

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Dear India,
I know you are disappointed with me. I tried to become a good Indian, but then I realised that the definition of a good Indian has changed. Nowadays, people who don’t say ‘Jai Hind’ are not considered ideal Indians. They are anti-nationals.

I tried to think it rationally. But then gave up and refused to accept this pity thoughts of my brothers and sisters. I try to follow each and every rule. I don’t jump signals, I don’t use the ‘tu jaanta nahi mein kaun hu’ card.

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I wish to become an IAS officer so that I can make India a better place and help solve the nation’s problems. My friends and relatives are very encouraging, but they also question my intention that I want to earn money by corruption. It’s not just one particular profession. It’s everywhere and it’s inevitable.

India, I really want to be a good Indian. There are people who care about you because we want you to be great. And I want to be a part of the team which makes you great. India, you are secular and don’t differentiate between your children, but there are some people who want to hurt others.

I don’t know if I’m a good Indian or a bad Indian. But I do want to make you awesome. A country where people can live and talk freely, share ideas. I promise you, I will give my best to make this happen.

Yours patriotically,

Shubham

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(Do you ever feel like talking to India? Yes, perfect. How about you write to her and tell her if youre a good Indian or a bad Indian? You could be bitchy, angry, happy, emotional or spoofy. But if your answer is No – never mind, there is always a beginning. So let’s start here.

Don’t be shy, just say it all. Mail us your letter at lettertoindia@thequint.com. We’ll ensure India gets your message.)

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Topics:  India   patriotism   Republic Day 2016 

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