India is my country. I am ever proud of my country. The day I saw footage of currency notes in a suitcase openly displayed in the parliament allegedly as bribe money being offered by a political party to some of the members of the other party to purchase them while the vote of confidence against the governmet was going on was according to me the most shameful day. I never came to know subsequently who was the guilty. Surprisingly, both the government and the opposition sat over the issue. In 2010 when a spate of scams began surfacing - 2G spectrum, commonwealth games, some housing society meant for war widows, and various other scandals - could not make me a proud Indian. More than 20 years ago when a religious community in India was treated with shameful violence was certainly the most shameful day for me as an Indian. That said, I am still a proud Indian because I have the freedom to speak and write my opinion. I belong to a nation whose people are still non-violent and hospitable to people from outside. I am lucky that we share the nationhood with almost every religion and race across the world. We have the diversity of geography, history, background and culture, ethnicity and yet we have certain common traditions. We belong to the eternal religion, the sanatan dharma that has given birth to Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism in the subcontinent. We welcomed Islam that came here as conquerors but settled down with us peacefully, We welcomed the Christianity and the Parsis that made their home in this peaceful land when they were being persecuted in their land more than a thousand or two years ago. I am proud to belong to a nation that lives on the principle of panchasheela or the five fold discipline of non-aggression, non-intereference, peace, love and friendship in their relationship with the nations of international community. I am proud to belong to the land of Buddha and Gandhi. Whatever, I may be ashamed of in the recent phase of my nation's history is I belive temporary aberration that will in the eventual course will be but sad memory and certainly not the permanent blemish on our character that can halt our material, social, political and spiritual growth because the foundations of my nation are built on thousands of years of rigorous discipline in humanism, non-violence and righteousness.
Thank you for asking this question as it has given me an opportunity to express what I really feel about my nation.