JOHN ABRA­HAM, 46

Ac­tor

India Today - - 72 YEARS OF INDEPENDEN­CE -

“There is a big dif­fer­ence between pa­tri­o­tism and na­tion­al­ism. I be­lieve a pa­triot loves his coun­try re­spon­si­bly whereas a na­tion­al­ist loves his coun­try no mat­ter what it does. It’s bet­ter to be a pa­triot than a na­tion­al­ist. To be a pa­triot, it’s im­por­tant to be ed­u­cated about the is­sues in the coun­try. A lot of us celebri­ties go over­board us­ing pow­er­ful so­cial me­dia plat­forms to pro­fess our love for the na­tion with­out un­der­stand­ing the is­sues that re­ally af­fect it. For ex­am­ple, does any­body know what Ar­ti­cles 370 or 35A are? Or know what’s hap­pen­ing in Na­ga­land or Arunachal Pradesh? Does the same ar­ti­cle ap­ply there too? We don’t know the facts and de­tails and still we choose to com­ment. If you want to be a true pa­triot, un­der­stand that the mir­a­cle of this coun­try is its democ­racy. We need to know the his­tory of this coun­try, its geopo­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions and un­der­stand what it is go­ing through and what it is go­ing to go through. Only then you can say that you are In­dia and In­dia is you.”

MANDAR DEODHAR

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