A True National 

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held highWhere knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

These wise words from Rabindra Nath Tagore hold the essence of becoming a successful nation. But, in our race to outdo others we have long forgotten to think about our motherland. As usual, our double standards compel us to put forth a very caring and humanitarian front. While, the bitter truth is that we’d rather ignore even our immediate neighbours. Irony is that words are worthless, reason is unreasonable, preaching is not practicing and the ever widening thoughts and actions are becoming narrower. Freedom is ours but, at the expense of our integrity.

Fearlessness and pride comes from being true to yourself and others, as well. In unity lies strength that will help overcome all obstacles and prejudices, equally. So, fighting over “he said and she said” will only break us apart. Religion is meant for inner peace and not for disruption of outer one. Reason will always triumph over blind faith and actions will always speak louder than words. These facts if kept in mind and heart at all times will guide us towards a better future and a brighter tomorrow.

Looking beyond self is imperative. This is because life has a tendency to throw curve balls that will sooner or later show your true character. Being honest and compassionate is of utmost importance as it will always guide your actions in the most constructive and human direction. Only when you fulfil these requirements will you truly be known as a true national of your country.

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