Are Indians patriotic?
Samar Rehman Patel, lived in India
There are plenty of good answers here. Patriotism is defined as love and vigorous support for one's country and ideals.
I think most Indians confuse patriotism with Nationalism, which is an extreme form of patriotism which is coupled with feelings of self aggrandisement and feeling of superiority over other countries.
A patriot looks at say, something wrong with the system or culture, and says, " Fine it's bad, we'll work towards making it better, and I still love my country. Looking at bad stuff hasn't deterred me of my devotion. "
A nationalist looks at the same thing and goes, "This is NOT bad. This is how it always was, and there probably is a scientific reason for why it's this way. Why don't you look at X Y Z country, their's is much WORSE that ours. I love my country. And everything unquestioningly. We can improve but I am not gonna admit that there is something wrong. EVER. We are the best. We were always the best. We will always be the best. "
So while the difference is subtle when looking at it from being happy about the good things in the country, the difference becomes stark when you look at it from reaction and degrees of denial from the darker side of things.
Most Indians, I am afraid, confuse Nationalism for Patriotism.
Be a patriot. Don't be an idiot.
Aaqib Raza Khan, Learning, Unlearning, Moving on.
Patriotism is a very subjective feeling. It depends on how you'd like to define it. Do you enroll in the army to show to your patriotism or do you fulfill all your duties as a citizen to express your love for your nation? Both of them are patriotic acts - but in varying magnitude.
I don't agree that patriotism can be described on the basis of religious, cultural or social beliefs. Patriotism is not a tag anyone hangs from their necks. You may not find a person patriotic in your daily life, but he or she may actually be doing a lot more than what meets the eye.
For example, patriotism is 'popularly' referred while cheering for your national sports team, celebrating national days. But that doesn't mean those not observing these days are not patriotic. We are all tax-paying, law-observing citizens of this nation.
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I would also like to point that India is a broad, expansive collection of different languages, cultures and beliefs. It is one of the most complex nations in existence with the textured population so diverse throughout. If it has stuck together all this while, there's just one reason - Love for this nation.
Prateek Kumar, works at ITC Infotech (2018-present)
Before answering this question, I would like to talk about a country called Germany.
The people of Germany devised and voted in favor of a law that would increase taxes on them and the extra money generated would be used for the healthcare and education of the not so privileged population of Germany who could not afford heavy medical fee or higher education.
Now my question is, will Indians vote for such a law??
Patriotism does not mean waving flags on national holidays and standing everytime when national anthem is played in a movie theatre. It means how much you are willing to contribute in the prosperity of your country even if you have to sacrifice some of your comforts.
People in India still vote on the basis of caste and religion, do not pay taxes honestly and do not respect government property ( the recent annihilation of Tejas express on it's maiden journey do not project us as patriots). We need to understand that a nation can not develop until it's citizens are willing to work for it unconditionally and that would be true patriotism.
Raghuraj Hegde, The introspective Indian
I first have to admit that I was for sometime in my childhood, the stereotypical flag waving, unrelenting Indian Patriot. Since then Life happened and while I still consider myself a patriot, I'm not the one that people really think of when they think of a patriot.
I agree with Bala Senthil Kumar that Patriotism is like Religion that was created as a social necessity and not truly as representive of something that exists without humanity. Despite this I do not consider patriotism "unnecessary" as he puts it. Here's why:
我同意Bala Senthil Kumar的观点，即爱国主义就像宗教一样，是作为一种优德88手机中文版客服需要而创造出来的精神，而不是作为一种游离于人性之外的东西。尽管如此，正如他所说，我并不认为爱国主义是“多余的”东西。原因如下：
Why India needs Patriotism
- The concept of a nation and patriotism towards it gives people a reason to think something beyond themselves and do something towards a collective that we are. We cannot create leaders without them feeling that they represent something. Every higher endeavor seeks acceptance from his origins. Many may deny it but it is there. If some Indians did not believe in the Indian consciousness we wouldn't have had our independence movement.
- The world is large (despite the "small world" theory) and India itself is large so if we stop having these nations/states/districts/cities local governance suffers because there is no accountability and there is no law of the land. We need nation states and patriotic citizens to provide the country with a contentious voice. It is all nice to say that good people don't need laws and laws are for bad ones. Just laws have no value unless implemented and accounted for by the good citizens. This is why crime rates in states like UP, Bihar, Haryana are so high and places like Kerala have low rates. Kerala wins because good patriotic citizens make sure the bad ones get punished.
- I represented my school and college in several team sports. If I did not bother about the team I played my performance would be sub-par as an athlete. This is the same sentiment that goes with our defense forces. If we did not think we represent something- an ideal, a country, a philosophy- we cannot adequately perform for them. We need people to defend our country and patriotism serves a brilliant function in this. This if of course not to belittle the sacrifices of our armed forces since independence but if not for patriotism there wouldn't be anything of India left. We would have been invaded by everyone around us.
- If we didn't have this belief in Indianness, why else would we search for other Indians in every country when we go abroad. We need that familiarity to be comfortable.
What patriotism does not represent (at least to me)
- Remembering and reiterating our country's pride only during cricket matches and forgetting about the country when they litter the road. Criticizing everyone else while pissing on the wall of a government office.
- False sense of pride in the culture of our country while we treat our women and children in disdain (rapes,child labour, poor schools), moral police everything, ban stuff (meat, porn, movies, books)- all in the name of our culture and our country.
- Believing that Indians and India can do no wrong. I find this very disturbing and I found it on Quora too. I had written an answer in praise of Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore while lamenting the socialist policies of the Congress which is preventing our progress to this day. Suddenly you have these pseudo-patriots take up cudgels for India branding me a 'star-gazing traitor' for criticizing Indian politicians while admiring a foreign counterpart. Yes that was the word used. This same thing was in full display in the Devyani Khobragade episode in US. The govt wrongly stood behind the diplomat due to public outrage back home. We can be right and wrong as anybody can in any country. Patriotism cannot be used as a shield for the wrongs done Patriotism also does not mean we do not question our leaders and make them accountable.
- Believing that every Indian achieving some great thing abroad is a shining feature on our own cap..
I know this is not what one would expect from a patriot but I believe I'm more of a patriot than the blind flag waving type!