The word ‘patriot’ has etymological origins in Greece from the word ‘Patris’ signifying Fatherland. For generations of Indians, patriotism was synonymous with our freedom fighters in the struggle for Independence from colonial British rule. Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Lokmanya Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru and of course, Mahatma Gandhi, were considered our greatest national icons. But with the passage of time, our icons changed from freedom fighters to politicians, entrepreneurs, industrialists, sportspersons, and even actors.
UNDERSTANDING PATRIOTISM IN TODAY’S TIMES
In the 21st century, the connotation of patriot may be a departure from the conventional definition. It could even take the form of displaying your love for the nation through entrepreneurship or philanthropic social service initiatives. The essay should primarily reflect what the writer thinks being patriotic is in today’s day and age?
Theme: “What does patriotism mean for the youth of today?”
Classes VI to VIII: 500 words
Classes IX to XII : Upto 1,000 words
Important dates for the essay contest:
Competition start date: July 23, 2021
Last date of essay submission: August 12, 2021
The Essay Competition on Patriotism in Today’s Times has concluded, ending August 12. We are no longer accepting entries.