Q2(a). In the context of defence services, ‘patriotism’ demands readiness to even lay down one’s life in protecting the nation. According to you, what does patriotism imply in everyday civil life? Explain with illustrations and justify your answer. (150 words)
Patriotism is the feeling of love, devotion and a sense of attachment to one’s homeland and an alliance with other citizens who share the same sentiment. This attachment can be a combination of many different feelings relating to one’s own homeland, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects.
A patriot is not confined to his own family and friends as he considers service to the nation as his paramount duty. Patriotism in civil life means-
• Abide by the Constitution
• Follow noble ideals of our freedom fighters and leaders
• Uphold sovereignty and integrity of India
• Promote harmony and goodwill
• Strive towards excellence
• Treat citizens with respect
• Fight against corruption and crime
• Fight against anti-national elements and terrorists
S. Manjunath, a sales officer of the Indian Oil Corporation, was murdered for sealing a corrupt petrol station in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. His sacrifice inspired thousands of youth to sacrifice their life for the sake of duty. He, thus, displayed an act of patriotism in civil life. (164 words)
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