‘CEL­E­BRATE PA­TRI­O­TISM EV­ERY­DAY’

Crick­eter Gau­tam Gamb­hir says pa­tri­o­tism shouldn’t an oc­ca­sional feel­ing

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal

Pa­tri­o­tism isn’t limited to the field for crick­eter Gau­tam Gamb­hir. Re­cently, he took to Twit­ter to say that pa­tri­o­tism should be a way of life.

In a con­ver­sa­tion with us, he says, “Putting any ex­ter­nal force (which chal­lenges our sovereignty), in place, alone is not pa­tri­o­tism. Pay­ing taxes, help­ing the needy, re­spect­ing women, dis­cour­ag­ing cor­rup­tion, keep­ing our coun­try clean, re­spect­ing the con­sti­tu­tion and sim­ply do­ing our own job with hon­esty is pa­tri­o­tism. We need to make it look ‘cool’ to our younger gen­er­a­tion.”

He ex­plains, “Have we un­der­stood the value of free­dom from our el­derly who were part of the free­dom strug­gle? Are we ready to pass the ba­ton to our young­sters?... I may not be able to pass on all the free­dom strug­gle tales that I have heard from my grand­fa­ther to my daugh­ter. It’s im­per­a­tive to keep the na­tional pride high through­out the year, and not play ‘Maa Tu­jhey Salaam’ only on Aug 15th or Jan 26th, and tran­sit to ‘Laila o laila’ the next day.”

He sug­gests, “It’d be great if we could have the na­tional an­them or a pa­tri­otic song play on the TV and ra­dio sta­tions ev­ery­day at least once.” In­ter­est­ingly, af­ter his tweet about it, Fever 104 has acted on his sug­ges­tion. The ra­dio sta­tion has re­quested the lis­ten­ers to send in their favourite pa­tri­otic songs to be in­cor­po­rated in the reg­u­lar playlist.

The cricket ace shares, “I’ve thought of writ­ing let­ters to the fau­jis to thank them. For starters, let’s just say thank you when­ever we see a sol­dier, take an au­to­graph or click a selfie. I am al­ready do­ing it.”

Pa­tri­o­tism is also pay­ing taxes, re­spect­ing women, do­ing our jobs hon­estly GAU­TAM GAMB­HIR, CRICK­ETER

PHOTO: RAJ K RAJ/HT

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