India, also known as Bharat, is a constitutional republic consisting of 28 states and has the second highest population in the world after China.
India boasts of a rich cultural heritage and is a land of multiple languages and multiple religions.
India is the world’s largest democracy. With more than a billion people in the country, the population of the country is now four times that of the United States. India is considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the entire world. Respect to our country is of utmost importance as it is the face of the people.
Our National Anthem:
The national anthem of India is ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and it was composed by the famous Indian Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. As a respect to the country and to its anthem, the citizens of India always stand when the national anthem is played. Our national anthem is 52 seconds long and its wordings comprise the various geographical, ethnic and cultural aspects of the country.
Our National Flag:
Respect to the country also includes respect to its national flag. Our national flag, which is also known as ‘Tiranga’ is a combination of Orange, White and Green with a 24-spoked blue chakra in the center. They were said to stand, respectively, for courage and sacrifice, peace and truth, and faith and chivalry. The national flag is always unfurled on the eve of Independence Day and Republic Day in the country. Any change in the pattern of colour or hanging pattern other than what is the actual mode means disrespect to the flag.
Our National Song:
The national song of India is ‘Vande Mataram’ and it was composed by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee during the partition of Bengal in the early 1900s. This song signified the unification of the people in both halves of Bengal and it meant an uprising against the British rule. Its highly significant nature made it the national song of India when India received independence.
Constitution of India:
The Constitution of India is the single biggest piece of legislation in the world. It is the law of the country and it is the backbone of every legislation framed by the Legislature. The Indian Constitution was inspired by that of the United States, Russian and the constitution of a few other countries. Within the Constitution, fundamental rights are guaranteed to the citizens of India which include right to life, right to equality, right to freedom of speech and expression etc.
Thus, respecting our country is of utmost importance. The Indian citizenry should be aware of the same and respect the various integral aspects associated with our country. This will help to promote the ideals of mutual trust and goodwill. No person should be allowed to instigate communal hatred in the minds of people or disrespect the national anthem, national flag, national song or the constitution of the country. The people of the country should work together to ensure that the integrity and esteem of our country is maintained in high regard.