“Mom, don’t people in other countries drive cars?”
Yes, of course they do, Abhi
Then when we go outside India, why all the cars follow traffic rules, no one honks and parks their cars anywhere on the road?
Well, hmmmm…. There are rules to follow
We don’t have rules here in India?
Yes, we do but people don’t follow
What if people break traffic rules there?
They are punished and the driving license is taken over which means they have to appear in the court, pay fine and then get their license back
We have same rules here, but people are not scared of the system.
That’s why mom I don’t want to live in this country. A country which is filled with dirt, people throw garbage anywhere, honk so much and such chaotic traffic.
Mom, what is happening in Kashmir?
Pakistan says they want Kashmir but India says they won’t give
I don’t understand this. But why are they killing people? Can’t they just talk?
That’s what people don’t understand Abhi, that killing is not the solution.
Why small children are hurt, they don’t even understand what is the problem same like me.
Yes, Abhi it is sad to see this.
I don’t want to stay in this country where big people hurt little children without any reason.
Why girls can’t go alone at night mom?
It is unsafe to go out at night, Abhi
Just for girls?
Not only girls but even for boys.
It’s dark at night and unsafe too. Someone can harm you or just take you away
Few people have dirty minds and all they know is to harm others and take advantage when other person is all alone.
But then what does the police do?
Police do patrol at night but crime does happen.
We don’t have help line like America?
Hmmm… we do but it’s uncertain (I never wanted to put all good picture of our system)
That’s why I don’t want to stay in this country mom.
Why can’t boys get married to each other? Why do I see only girl and boy getting married?
But then will they have children?
No, they can’t produce children but they can surely adopt
I haven’t seen anyone like this around.
You’ll not find them in India much as compared to other countries
Hmmm… we are not so culturally evolved (it was difficult to explain at that moment so left with a heavy word)
When we can’t live the way we want then why do I stay in this country mom?
Children of this generation do not believe in stories of fantasy world but are much realistic in their thought process. These are few episodes where my 7-year-old had very observant queries and I was left thinking that where am I or my country going wrong?
I still get Goosebumps when I hear, “aae mere vatan ke logon” and my eyes go wet but do our children feel the same? They dress up as Nehru ji or Gandhi ji for fancy dress but do they feel the character? Does tri-colour hold any significance for them, or it is just a mandate to wear for school function? My seven-year old is growing with a thought to leave his country and I feel helpless.
We are talking about start-up India , economic portfolio , MDG(Millennium Development Goals) , SDG (Sustainable Development Goals), Women empowerment , Beti bachao Beti Padao , Swach bharat and don’t know how many campaigns but what image and impression we have created as a nation. Our newspaper have negative headlines, news channels will talk and flash stories of crime more than anything else.
I don’t know of any other child but it’s sad to see that my son is growing up with a negative image for his country. I tried my best to talk positive and good things by telling stories of freedom fighters , sacrifice of our soldiers on the border , our beautiful nature Himalayas but I know the bottom line is – Mom , I don’t want to live in this country . Sigh!
I still love my country and I owe to my nation big time. For my freedom , for my expression , for choosing my rights and being what I want to be . As a citizen I will try my best to put the best picture forward but as a mother I would respect my son’s thoughts .I will check them too but will allow him to choose what he thinks is best.
JAI HIND JAI BHARAT