We use the word “INDIA” almost everyday. But perhaps most of us don’t know its literal meaning. So, first of all let us have a look at word “INDIA” –
HISTORY OF TERM “INDIA”
The word India has been in use since at least 1700 B.C.E., and cannot be readily attributed to any one person. The first recorded use of the term was by the Greek historian Herodotus in the fifth century B.C.E., when his “The Histories” refers to the area as India.
Most scholars agree that the word India, in Koine Greek, refers to the Indus River that flows through the region. Thus, India was “land of Indus River”.
A self-ascribed name for the country and region is Bharat, a Sanskrit word as described in ancient Indian text.
Bharat, India, Hindustan but the official name, states that “India, that is, Bharat, shall be a union of states.” Thus not only in usage but officially, India and Bharat are both accorded primary status.
What INDIA means for INDIANS?
The meaning stated above is what the term “India” means for the historians, literature and for the rest of the world. But for over 1.25 billion Indians, the term “India” means something more than what is stated above. For more than 150 million youths, India is that dais which makes their dreams come true. For 402 million people (working population of India, as per census 2001), India is the source of their livelihood. For about 120 million farmers, the soil of India is their god. For the global market, India is a huge player. And for an optimistic like me, India is my pride, my heartbeat, my life, my everything!
Our Duties For Our Nation
Unfortunately, we are unlearning our duties for our nation which sounds ominous. What we think is changing our DP on 15th August & 26th January is all that we could do for our country. We vent our patriotism on Facebook & Twitter, but when it comes to duties, we prefer to take corners. We always talk about rights, but what about our duties that we are supposed to perform for our country? Ask yourself whether you have done all your duties honestly?
Okay, let’s start with a very common issue, Cleanliness (Swatchta). Well, I don’t think I need to give any explanation for the issue.When it comes to cleanliness we become best orators then how our surroundings are not as clean as our homes? How many of us actually make an effort to clean our community or have stopped someone from spreading filth. Ask yourself?
Let’s start with a very trifling step. We use to eat packed edibles outside the home. Then we throw the wrappers on roads complaining the lack of availability of dustbins. Can’t we keep it in our pocket for sometimes rather than throwing it here & there?
I know its a very small step but it can make headway if you take care from next time!
I would like to end my blog with a famous quote of Swami Vivekanad.