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Symbols, Patriotism, World of Cinema and us

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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It indeed is an apparent paradox that we as a nation are more interested in reacting to instantaneous situations, more so if it has got something to do with the national pride, but when an encore of the same is to be repeated next year, it is difficult to find the faithful who would wear their loyalty on the sleeves.

Take for example the Kargil War. When it had happened and in its aftermath anything and everything to do with Kargil had become so infectious that most of us tried to align their loyalty to brand ''Kargil'' in as demonstrative manner as could be possible. But this year, there was hardly any murmur when the event came and passed away. From the film fraternity only Abhishek Bachchan was found to express empathy with the sentiment and spent a day once again with the soldiers in Kargil.

While this being a symbol that has a history not too distant, our passionless approach to other issues that have patriotic relevance makes the heart cringe. Take for example the singing of the national anthem just before beginning of a cinema in the cinema halls. Less than fifty percent of the persons display a spring in their strides and feel the passion of nationhood run through their blood when it plays out. Others either attend to their calls on the cell phones or are half-perched, bottoms trying to find the base of the seat, while the upper half of the body impatiently waiting for the supposed trauma of 50 seconds to go away. If we do not have a pride for our national anthem from where else would we derive our pride? There is no denying the fact that ours is a complex society, and there are conflicts that pop up like a viral infection, but as a country is it not for the educated to see through it and care more for the whole rather than being interested only about select parts. If viewed from this perspective, can it not be said that Ram Gopal Verma through his title song, ''Jan Gan Man mein Ha rann'' of the yet to be released movie RANN is trying to provoke us into having a re-look into ourselves and give the symbols of national pride their true perspective.

The will is there, but what is needed is to channelize it so that these symbols of national identity get converted into mnemonic for providing a channel for those who want to succeed. We can succeed only when the nation succeeds, as the success of nation has a fantastic rub-off effect on the psyche of the individual and has more collective goodwill that can translate into positive energy of immeasurable magnitudes. On this Independence Day lets give this thought process a shot.

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