India Q&A, ‘Has the spirit of being a proud Indian faded away in recent times?’
India Q&A, ‘Has the spirit of being a proud Indian faded away in recent times?’
Partha Gupta, 43, Founder of The Connection Academy, Hyderabad: The spirit of being an Indian is not actually fading away, rather, what you see is the usual activity of the schools and the bunch of jobless youth behind the politicos. There is a scare for survival needs in people due to high inflation and the nation has thus gone behind the curtains for them. The average Indian loves his country, yet is a mute witness to the coalition needs of the governing body. The spirit has in fact not faded it is just jaded at the moment, and will rise when it can take no more.

Partha Gupta, 43, Founder of The Connection Academy, Hyderabad: The spirit of being an Indian is not actually fading away, rather, what you see is the usual activity of the schools and the bunch of jobless youth behind the politicos. There is a scare for survival needs in people due to high inflation and the nation has thus gone behind the curtains for them. The average Indian loves his country, yet is a mute witness to the coalition needs of the governing body. The spirit has in fact not faded it is just jaded at the moment, and will rise when it can take no more.

Biju Scaria , 38, Principal of De Paul International School, Mysore: Yes, we are losing the spirit of being a proud Indian. May be we owe it to the “globalization culture” that is spreading across or the individualistic tendencies that are nurtured. Our time is marked with the quest for earning more, and this leaves us with no time to think about anything else or anyone else. This changing trend definitely needs to be corrected.

Biju Scaria , 38, Principal of De Paul International School, Mysore: Yes, we are losing the spirit of being a proud Indian. May be we owe it to the “globalization culture” that is spreading across or the individualistic tendencies that are nurtured. Our time is marked with the quest for earning more, and this leaves us with no time to think about anything else or anyone else. This changing trend definitely needs to be corrected.

Siddhartha Gupta, 18, Student, Delhi: Patriotism is definitely sweeping off from our everyday thoughts and actions. In my opinion, the spirit of being an Indian is declining gradually as a consequence of the prevailing corruption that exists in our country and ones own self-comfort. The western culture has also influenced us a lot.

Siddhartha Gupta, 18, Student, Delhi: Patriotism is definitely sweeping off from our everyday thoughts and actions. In my opinion, the spirit of being an Indian is declining gradually as a consequence of the prevailing corruption that exists in our country and ones own self-comfort. The western culture has also influenced us a lot.

Manoj Dixit, 50, Engineer, Mumbai: I do feel that the spirit of being a proud Indian is fading away in recent times and spirit of patriotism is being felt only on national days. Unfortunately, invaders have ruled India for a very long period of time and meanwhile, our hardliner freedom fighters did not have due respect for the history we have been through. In my opinion our social and cultural structure has been destroyed, which has gradually added to the decaying patriotism.

Manoj Dixit, 50, Engineer, Mumbai: I do feel that the spirit of being a proud Indian is fading away in recent times and spirit of patriotism is being felt only on national days. Unfortunately, invaders have ruled India for a very long period of time and meanwhile, our hardliner freedom fighters did not have due respect for the history we have been through. In my opinion our social and cultural structure has been destroyed, which has gradually added to the decaying patriotism.

Rakesh Ralli, 53, Engineering from BITS Pilani, Consultant, New Delhi: The identity of being bonded as Indian is getting diluted with division in the society based on various factors like caste, money, politics etc.

Rakesh Ralli, 53, Engineering from BITS Pilani, Consultant, New Delhi: The identity of being bonded as Indian is getting diluted with division in the society based on various factors like caste, money, politics etc.

Myshkin Ingawale, 30, Co-Founder of Biosense, Mumbai: The spirit of being Indian is more alive and kicking than ever before: Less chest-thumping, less flag-waving, and more real work. Amazingly, it is being redefined into the spirit of doing, the spirit of working toward outcomes, the spirit of not putting up with rhetoric or false promises but actually going and getting good things done on the ground that affect Indians. Scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, sportspeople, even politicians all are transforming different parts of India in their own way. A little less conversation, a little more action!

Myshkin Ingawale, 30, Co-Founder of Biosense, Mumbai: The spirit of being Indian is more alive and kicking than ever before: Less chest-thumping, less flag-waving, and more real work. Amazingly, it is being redefined into the spirit of doing, the spirit of working toward outcomes, the spirit of not putting up with rhetoric or false promises but actually going and getting good things done on the ground that affect Indians. Scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, sportspeople, even politicians all are transforming different parts of India in their own way. A little less conversation, a little more action!

India will celebrate its 65th Republic Day on January 26. The day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force in 1950, celebrating to remember the brave martyrs and heroes who sacrificed their lives for the nation. This is what Epoch Times reporters from India discovered when they asked locals,

“Has the spirit of being a proud Indian faded away in recent times?”

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