In the context of defence services, ‘patriotism’ demands readiness to even lay down one’s life in protecting the nation. According to you, what does patriotism imply in everyday civil life? Explain with illustrations and justify your answer.
Patriotism is simply a love for one’s country. A patriot puts his country’s interests ahead of his own. The meaning of patriotism varies depending on the person’s profession. Eg. Patriotism is better governance for politicians, scientific invention for scientists.
Patriotism in everyday life
- Social Sphere-Respect my family, society’s elderly, women. Encourage social equality and banish dowry. Take actions to ensure society’s welfare.
- Professional Sphere– Professionally, my greatest act of patriotism would be to improve my organisation. Devoting myself to the success of my company and being honest in my profession.
- Civil duties – Eg. Obeying the law would also be patriotic act. Simple activities like obeying traffic and cleaning laws would be enough to demonstrate my patriotism.
- Economic sphere– Eg. paying income tax, GST, and other taxes. Taxes contribute to the country’s economic progress, therefore timely payment is an act of patriotism.
- Political Sphere– A country can prosper if the right politicians are elected. Proper voting and choosing upright representatives will help the nation.
In Lakhimpur Kheri, UP, an Indian Oil salesman, Mr. S Manjunath, was murdered for shutting a dishonest gas station. His sacrifice motivated many young people to do their duty. Thus, patriotism is more than merely defending a country. It also includes social, economic, and political duties.