“Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” says Kunwar Vijender Shekhar, Pro-Chancellor of Shobhit University on his facebook page.
A lot of homage-paying ceremonies, human chains for unity etc are taking place to mark the first anniversary of Mumbai attacks of 26/11. Most of these are plain gimmicks. I overheard someone retorting in one of the ceremony 26/11 mubarak ho! Big S@#$. These homages are not introspection of any kind, they are just photo-ops.
So began a journey to identify real patriots. Living ones’ who can be Nation’s role model. Not very late I believed Bal Thackeray to be a real patriot, the Nationalist. But the Sena chief’s recent outburst against Sachin Tendulkar makes me believe that political class have misused the emotion of patriotism to serve their interests…real patriots remain unsung!
I think I am confusing Nationalism with Patriotism. Are they different. Wikipedia stresses – Although patriotism is used in certain vernaculars as a synonym for nationalism, nationalism is not necessarily considered an inherent part of patriotism. Among the ancient Greeks, patriotism consisted of notions concerning language, religious traditions, ethics, law, and devotion to the common good, rather than pure identification with a nation-state. Scholar J. Peter Euben writes that for the Greek philosopher Socrates, “patriotism does not require one to agree with everything that his country does and would actually promote analytical questioning in a quest to make the country the best it possibly can be.”
So who are real patriots. The politicians can never be patriots because the word politics itself is against the notion of patriotism. Some list of public figures who I consider Real patriots are :
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Amitabh Bachchan (after all NRI’s can be patriots)
- Saurav Ganguly
- Rahul Gandhi
- Suniel Gavaskar
- Ratan Tata
- Mukesh Ambani
- Azim Premji
- Yash Raj Chopra
- Narayan Murthi
See we can count them on our fingers. But there are numerous personalities, social-entrepreneurs who are PATRIOTS in real sense. Doing their bit to energise the Nation without any shouting and sloganeering. Some personal names I can put forward(whose efforts I have seenpersonally) who I consider doing their best for upliftment of the Nation:
- Kunwar Vijender Shekhar, Pro-Chancellor of Shobhit University Meerut
- Rajesh Bharti, MD, Amatya IAS/PCS Meerut
- Dr Alok Pandey, Asst. Development Commissioner SEZ’s in Western UP
- Rot. Yogesh Mohan Gupta, Chairman IIMT Group Meerut/G.Noida
- Umesh Gautam, Invertise Group, Bareilly
- Gyanender Aggarwal, GD Promoters, Builder and Social Worker
- Security Personnel -The Army, Navy, Air Force