The reward for serving India

Amalendu Upadhyaya
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By Justice Markandey Katju

Through my writings and videos, I am trying to serve my country India. Some examples are given below :

I have warned my countrymen of the long, arduous struggle lying ahead of them, in which tremendous sacrifices will have to be made.
This work continues day and night relently and unceasingly.

In the Bible it is written '' He who guards Israel shall neither sleep nor rest ''. Similarly it must be said '' He who guards India shall neither sleep nor rest ''. And I am one of the guards. Often I am doing my work at 2 a.m. when the world sleeps.

I live in Noida, near Delhi, and my work continues even in the scorching heatwave of 47 degrees Celsius here ( often the electricity goes off in my flat ).

What is my reward? There is none. The work is its own reward, and the satisfaction that I am serving my country.

But then, without my asking for it, I also get some tangible rewards.

I have a huge following of fans on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. And these fans, perhaps feeling that I deserve to be rewarded in more material, corporeal, palpable, and terrene ways, send me things of my desire.

In this hot weather, I particularly enjoy fruits like delicious sweet mangoes, melons ( kharbuza ), water melons ( tarbooz ), cheeku, as well as kakdi and kheera.

Yesterday, unexpectedly, and unrequested, arrived several big baskets of these numero uno, exquisite, marvelous, choice items, and I have been consuming them like a glutton ever since

This is what I wrote of mangoes few years back :

And this is the kharbuza I relish the most

And here is the mouth watering tarbooz


I wish I could say '' God bless my bénefactors '', but in honesty, I cannot since I am an atheist

So all I can say is '' Bless you my fellow patriots. and thank you for your kindness ''

(Justice Katju is a retired judge of the Supreme Court. These are his personal views.)

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