Let's be real-in our day-to-day lives, we do not have much time to amp up our patriotic feelings all the time. Patriotism as an emotion almost seems to be an obligation you are expected to display on days like Independence Day. However, when you think about it, it's so much more than that. The unwavering pride of your Indian identity goes into turbo mode during these 10 moments - and there's nothing you can do about it except yell 'India is the best' - or one of its many variations.
1. During An India-Pakistan Match
No match in any sport is watched with the same amount of adrenaline as an India-Pakistan cricket match. Something about seeing our team defeating the Men in Green in the most favorite Indian sport brings out the chest-thumping patriots in us.
2. When Any Indian Sportsperson Wins At An International Event
Sania Mirza, Vishwanathan Anand, Saina Nehwal - the list is endless, and so is our pride in our national sports stars when they win big at global platforms.
3. When Indian Art And Cinema Gets International Appreciation
Whether it is Indian movies being praised at Cannes or A.R. Rahman winning Oscars for his extraordinary compositions - nothing makes Indians prouder than seeing the creative products of their nation winning accolades across the world.
4. Every Time You Watch Rang De Basanti. Or Border. Or Chak De! India.
Speaking of movies, some movies will always get us welling up in national spirit. War movies like 'Border' and young adult movies like 'Rang De Basanti' can transport us from our daily rat races into a state of patriotic ecstasy.
5. Whenever You Visit The Wagah Border
If you have never watched the flag lowering ceremony at the Wagah border in Amritsar, you will probably not understand the epic patriotic feeling we are talking about. Seeing the perfectly timed and coordinated movements of the Indian Army on this side and the Pakistani Army on the other lowering their individual flags is a sight like none other.
6. Every Time ISRO Launches A New Satellite Or Kicks Off A New Mission
From Chandrayaan to Mangalyaan, knowledgeable Indians revel in the glory that is our Space Research Organisation and its many accomplishments. After the moon and Mars, ISRO is planning to send missions to Venus and the sun in the near future.
7. Every Time The Indian Armed Forces Are Mentioned
After China and USA, India has the third largest military force in the world - and this pride is boosted every time they acquire new weapons and technology, they showcase their strength in Republic Day parades and they prove their effectiveness during national calamities like the Uttarakhand tragedy.
8. Whenever You Sing/Listen To The National Anthem
We used to sing the national anthem almost every day when we were in school - but when you do it now before a movie screening or in a public function, you cannot help but feel an innate pride of being an Indian.
9. Every Time Sachin Tendulkar Makes News
The Master Blaster might have retired, but when it comes to patriotism - he is a surefire catalyst for most Indians. Whether it is him playing a celebration match at Lord's or being the object of Maria Sharapova's ignorance, he can easily overwhelm Indians into patriotism with everything he does.
10. When Indians Are Crowned At International Beauty Pageants
Remember the glory days when Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Lara Dutta and others represented India at international events and came home with the stunning crowns? They say Indian women are the prettiest, but these ladies proved it. Although it's been 14 years since the last glory, we still puff our chests with pride at these memories.
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