Citizenship is a great aspect of any country. It lets you enjoy certain exclusive rights; you have the safety to deportation and there is a feeling of safety. But in a country like India, citizenship is not as easy as it sounds. It is a tricky and confusing state of mind.
India is said to be a secular country, but when it comes to minorities and the other sections of society, the secular part of our country fades away from the minds of our fellow citizens. Everything is under surveillance, not by a camera but by society. Society is either conservative or it is over-patriotic. Either way, it is poison for a country like India.
Citizenship is like an instant proof of identification, but this is confused with the qualities of loyalty and love for a country. When did this become such a complicated issue? This became a complicated way back when India was divided into India and Pakistan. This will always go back in time when our leaders agreed to the very decision and did not think about the consequences this “secular” state would have.
Citizenship is where you live, and the proof. Whereas patriotism is a clear term that is derived from nationalism. Loyalty is related to the way we behave and the things we portray for the country. Citizenship is related to the democracy of a country. And this is the difference that society should know, in order to have a smooth future ahead without conflicts. There is no communication, sanity, or rationality in our country.
Each question by a person of a minority is blown out of proportion and exaggerated. This is the sadness of patriotism and a democratic country. The majority dominates and the proof loyalty is a slogan deep-rooted inside this society. Mentioning it here would merely be useless.