8th November 2011
If you don’t want to join the Indian Army, at least don’t denigrate the jawan
Bhagwad Jal has written a piece entitled, Would you Die for your Country?
Please go through it and form your own opinion. My comment is provided below:
Bhagwad, in an ideal world there would be no wars (there would still be borders, to ensure that taxes are spent within the borders), but in reality wars are a permanent threat.
The social contract of a nation is based on defence (the fortress). If India fails to ensure defence, the subsequent anarchy would make mince-meat of any idle day dreamer. There are no natural "rights" to exist without first defending against the enemy.
Citizens pay for defence through taxes, but should the need arise, the able-bodied are expected to share the responsibility of defence as well (e.g. should the enemy cross the border, overpower the nation and threaten to take slaves).
I always knew that India doesn't produce enough citizens, but I'm disappointed at your current way of thinking in which you, a well-"educated" Indian, are publicly declaring your determination to free ride on the lives of others.
Such lack of citizenship has already handed over the baton of political leadership to crooks. (I "admire" these crooks who govern India far more than "educated" Indians who sit on the sidelines and criticise.)
But above all I deeply admire our brave soldiers and officers who are willing to put their lives at risk for the defence of all Indians (including pseudo-citizens).
No one has asked you to volunteer to defend India, but was it necessary to indulge in such extreme lack of citizenship?
What are you trying to say? That our jawans "put their lives at risk in unquestioning obedience to their superior officers"? – that our jawans are idiots? that our armed force officers are fanatics? that their life is less important than your life?
I would encourage you to read Shantanu's book: http://pothi.com/pothi/book/shantanu-bhagwat-saluting-our-heroes-param-virs-bharat. And then let's discuss.
Note, none of this is about "patriotism". It is about citizenship.