Namaste. My name is Diana and I’m from Peru in South America. Before you judge me, I love India.
I have never visited it before and I plan to travel next year, for the first time in my life. But, how can you love something you have never met or seen before? In the same way we love God without the need to meet Him, these are feelings that can’t be explained.
Why do I love India? I don’t have the answer yet.
I want to find people like Bhagat Singh. I’m tired of people who just blame others while their hands are doing nothing for a change. I can love many countries but India has my soul and I don’t know why, how, where, when this happened but it just is like this. One of my dreams, since I was 11 years old, was to visit India and this will become true next year!
I’m worried about farmers, youth suicides, drugs in Punjab, women without wombs in Mumbai and the like, maybe because I am in the other side of the planet I can see things that you are not seeing about India.
What happened to our history? What happened to the honour? Why are our geniuses leaving India and why are we not changing this? Should we accept this as our destiny? Girls are dying in wombs and we are letting all this happen without doing anything?
1947 was the year we got freedom but we lost Pakistan. Years before, India was one, all of us had a dream to be free and we got it! Probably if Bhagat, Bose, Gandhi would have been alone, they wouldn’t have been able to attain freedom but because for the first time we forgot caste and class distinctions, we remembered that foremost, we are Indians. Can we do this again?
We can be a superpower but for starters, we need to give our children superpowers. Girls are dying, how many Mary Koms or Deepika Kumaris are we losing? Have we forgotten what kind of future they could create for India? This is a call for all millennials in India to wake up, raise their voice and stand together.
Don’t tell me it is the politicians’ work because you know it is our work too. We exist in billions. Why can’t billions of people make one thing happen? How many more Indians do we need to create a better India?