Excerpts from my speech regarding INDIA Redefined, given during a meet in Bangalore.
Who I am?
Hello, I am Anupriy. I am 21 years old and am studying it Srishti currently doing an Advance Diploma.
But that is just a name, age and qualification assigned to me.
To be safe and give a sure shot answer –
I am a human being in his youth trying to make sense of life and make it better, while trying to help others do the same.
How am I associated with IR?
Creatives and the development of its philosophy
I have been closely involved with INDIA Redefined, from conceptualization to discussion to execution. While I may have helped in development of its simple philosophy and objectives, my contribution lies in all the creatives – from it’s name, logo
Why ‘INDIA Redefined’
Why redefine India?
There was a time when patriotism, nationalism or love for one’s country meant ‘hatred towards another’. While pride for one’s nation may have been a positive feeling, this separation of one’s from the rest of humanity on basis of nationalistic man-made boundaries inherently gives rise to a sense of distrust, detachment and distance from others not belonging to the same country. INDIA Redefine tries to redefine patriotism in a humanitarian sense.
We are living in a modern time where globalization has led to fusion of different culture across the world. It is not surprising to see elements of western traits in our day to day living. Hence, it is important for our country to keep up with the global trend rather than sticking with tradition for the sake of maintaining identity in order to progress. By redefining India and what it means to be an Indian, one can constantly be open to new ideas, while respecting the old ideas and norms. INDIA Redefined tries to accentuate the fact that ‘India is what WE make of it’
The Logo here shown represents several dimensions of Indian Culture. Visually, it makes the shape of the Indian subcontinent – Kings have come and ruled, battles have been fought and won, cities have been built and rebuilt, borders have been shifted but the geographical shape of India never changed. Even from space, one can recognize India by seeing the shape of Indian peninsula in the Asian Continent. Thus, the peninsula is not only a beautiful landmass but an identity for India and its history. However progress and development goes hand in hand with ‘change’. Thus by not completing the outline of the country, the openness signifies free flow of ideas, possibilities and opportunities.
This Logo aesthetically amalgamates various Indian languages with the most widely used language in the world, English. The “र“ part of the symbol corresponds to the letter ‘R’ in English and also appears in Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese etc emphasizing on the ‘REDEFINING’. The Logo can be written quickly and easily in a single stroke. Thus the symbol also represents the multilingual and diverse nature of India.
The text style “INDIA Redefined” also accentuates the meaning of the logo. While “INDIA” is written in bold & formal font, denoting our country’s standing through ages with its traditions and culture, “Redefined” is curvy and informal shows flexibility to change and readiness for progress.
What it means to be an Indian?
Growing up as an urban youth, I have been asked many times questions like ‘Are you proud of India?’ or ‘Do you know India enough?’ .
There is this trend and belief amongst many in senior generations that the today’s youth is more western than Indian.
I have been accused of it for enjoying listening to a German Rock band while sleeping off in a Indian classical music concert.
But is that a reason enough to be considered Indian… a true Indian?
Is India just its traditions, past and culture?
Granted, being aware and knowledgeable is important in many ways, but to let us not forget that we are no longer living in isolation. India is a part of Globe – It is just a segment to the world we live in.
I cannot speak for everyone, but I know that I, and many other youth like me – perhaps some sitting in the audience – think and act like global citizens.
We respect the traditions and the past and are proud to be the product of it, but in no way are we limited or restricted by it. Because we are not scared to lose are identity because we do not associate ourselves just with our heritage.
Perhaps because we know, that we will always be Indians – just redefining the definition constantly.
Is INDIA the final step?
In my view and experience, no –
The best part of the movement is that it has become so popular not just in India but in the world.
There has been talks in other countries to start ‘Pakistan Redefined, Bangladesh Redefined’
I won’t be surprised if we end up with an ‘Earth Redefined’!
INDIA Redefined incorporates all this – it is not beyond it’s scope and vision.
With India as it’s first step – being we always start closer to home -it will work towards the benefit of humanity.