The Cost of Patriotism
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The cost of patriotism
Deshraj was the son of the famous industrialist, Laxman. He lived a luxurious life and grew up to contribute to his father’s business. The business reached new heights under him. His father had seen India getting Independence. His grandfather had even participated in the Independence struggle. His father was a great patriot. Deshraj loved his father very much hence, he joined him in the business and shared his patriotism.
But Deshraj never could understand his father’s patriotism and his feelings. His father was disturbed that the youth hardly knew about the country and hence, did not love their own country. Deshraj organized various programmes in institutes that used to instill patriotism in the students by bringing the rich culture, heritage and unsung tales of India. But only if he attended those sessions himself, he would have known his father’s feelings.
On every Independence and Republic day, Deshraj used to buy large and beautiful colored flags and decorate his house with them. When the day was over, he used to keep the flags for further use. If the flags were old or a bit torn, he used to throw them and buy new flags the next time.
One day, Laxman saw a small boy picking up the thrown flags. He called the boy and asked him what will he do with the flags. They are a waste. To this, the boy said, ‘Nothing is ever wasted’. Laxman then called Deshraj and asked the boy, ‘But what will you do?’ To this, the boy replied, ‘I will stitch the flag and keep it next to the idols in my home. Because India is our mother-our God. If my mother becomes ill, I feed her medicines and do not abandon her.’
Laxman looked at his son’s face and realized now his son has started understanding his true feelings for his country. He realized that his son now shares his patriotism, just like his business.