Article Title: Can a corrupt ever be a patriot ?
In this article, the author talks about post-Pulwama sentiments that echoed across the country and the contrasting comments that roused social media. Calling out those who screamed for blood and war under the garb of patriotism, the author points to their delinquency which remained obscured by the din of their jingoism. After confronting a few (corrupt) rabble-rousers for their double standards he received a barrage of hate by the self-professed patriots who could not buy the argument that the real enemy of the country is corruption and addressing the issues such as terrorism needs more pragmatic approach than such hollow rhetoric. The author finds it amusing that the people, who are not hesitant of grabbing public land and those who have no qualms in taking a bribe in their given capacity, were among those who sought to declare war against the enemy country from television studios. He thinks that when people choose to vote on the basis of caste and expect money from candidates, it means corruption entrenched deep into the society and its eloquence about patriotism is only misguided if not fake. He wants people to do away with pretensions, walk the talk first and become a model citizen.
Words to learn from this Article:
Trenchant: Characterized by or full of force and vigour
Nonchalant: Marked by blithe unconcern
Pragmatic: Concerned with practical matters
Rhetoric: Loud and confused and empty talk
Anguish: Extreme distress of body or mind
Dastardly: Despicably cowardly
Scourge: A whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humour)
Rued: Feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
Entrenched: Dug in
Eloquence: Powerful and effective language
Piquancy: The quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
Berserk: Frenzied, out of control
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