Independence comes with a certain set of responsibilities. From working towards social upliftment to creating awareness about various issues — small-screen stars tell HT Café what being a true patriot means to them.
Being an Indian to me means being confident, reliable, trustworthy, and above all, humane. A mix of these qualities has kept the country going, and will continue to do so. India respects all religions, faiths and genders. I am proud that we all possess these qualities.
Being an Indian means having the freedom to embrace the religion of my choice. It means to have the freedom of speech. It means having the opportunity to excel in my chosen field of work, and setting new benchmarks. It means, as a progressive Indian male, to help change the mindsets towards women and uphold their right to equal opportunity in every sphere of life. Most of all, being an Indian fills me with a sense of pride of being alive in one of the greatest democracies in this world.
Being an Indian means to be able to live in a democracy, a secular state, and in a country that has the scope to become a superpower. That will only happen if people keep their religions at home, and make humanity the country’s official religion.
A true Indian is someone who is liberal and believes in secularism and social equality. India is about anekta mein ekta (togetherness in diversity). A person who respects every citizen, and works towards the upliftment of society, and not just their individual interests, is a true patriot.
I am proud to be an Indian because of the diversity and secularism in our country. Varied cultures and people of different ethnicities coexist here. India is my home, and you don’t need a reason to love your home. Our country is known for its warmth, hospitality, and, of course, its food. But we tend to forget that our freedom comes with certain responsibilities. As celebrities, we are also influencers. We work to create awareness and probe corrective action. I hope I can do my bit to make my country proud.