Happy Independence Day my India. But also, Happy Independence Day Pakistan.
Let's not forget that once upon a time, we were one... and the borders we've drawn, are only man made. Somewhere here, your grandmother was born, and somewhere there, in the hearts of humanity, I am another you;
I am another you. I don't live on your land, but my land is the same too. The air I breathe, is a breath by you. I too have a heart like yours, stuck in a cage, mine too grows bitter, and bitter by age. I walk down the same streets, feeling like a victim in their eyes, sometimes I take a scarf and cover my head, I too live the same lies. I may not pray, but don't you pray for peace? Because I hope for the same too... I have a dream, and I have a desire, burning within me is the same fire. I fall in love, and I too feel pain, when you tell me I'm not the same. I look the same, I swear my blood is red... I too cry when those nasty things are said. I want a life, and a love so strong, and it's been next to me all along. A border. A line. I didn't create this, and neither did you... But when I go to sleep at night I often wonder, if you think of being me, the way I sometimes think of being you?
To Countries that were once united, I hope one day we can find it in our hearts to at least love once again. Patriotism to me isn't about blindly loving and never criticizing your own, but instead accepting our flaws to become better with every passing day. To nourish and to grow. Isn't that what Love is?
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