The youth of India like their country for its different hues, some flaws here and there notwithstanding. Some cherish the sense of unity in diversity, the country’s culture and religious freedom while others root for its educational institutions, according to a mini-poll conducted on HT Education’s Facebook page.
Many have responded with a “Unity in diversity” to the query, “What is the biggest thing that this country has given you?” The political system gets a thumbs-up too. According to one respondent, the country’s biggest gift to her is “a secular republic to live in”.
Simarpreet Kaur, BCom (hons) student, Maitreyi College, Delhi, likes the “freedom to do anything... and a comfortable life as compared to other countries”.
Pooja Arora too is grateful for the freedom she enjoys. “It is a beautiful country and has so many achievements that fill me with pride,” says Arora, first-year BSc (hons) statistics student, Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi.
Culture comes for great praise from many. Simran Kaur, mathematics honours student, Hans Raj College, Delhi, points to “rich culture, great history and a city like Delhi”.
Sakshi Mahajan, first-year (BE chemical), Panjab University, Chandigarh, says, “I can proudly say that this is the only place in the whole world where linguistic, religious, and cultural barriers don’t come in the way of unity and integrity.”
Class 11 student Himanshi appreciates the prominence of family values in Indian society. “The bond we share with our families is not one that is shared by people in other countries. A treat for us is being with family and friends. I am proud to be born in a country of beauty, nature, care, hospitality, friendship, courtesy and unconditional love,” she says.
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