Importance of National Dress
, I went to a government hospital for my routine medical check-up. There was a long queue of patients in front of the doctor's clinic. I was wearing my national dress Shalwar Qameez.
Few years ago, I went to a government hospital for my routine medical check-up. There was a long queue of patients in front of the doctor’s clinic. I was wearing my national dress Shalwar Qameez. Being a responsible citizen of the society and strict follower of the rules, I also stood in the queue. I and everyone else in the queue noticed that the peon standing at the door of the clinic who was also wearing a shalwar kameez, was talking with the patients in very rude tone and was strictly forcing them to be in queues. He was treating them harshly to avoid gathering at the door of doctor’s room. Meanwhile, a man dressed in a suit and tie walked straight ahead while ignoring the queue and quite contrary to expectations the peon exchanged a few sentences with him in a very nice and polite manner and sent him straight inside the clinic. He stepped inside and by seeing him many other people wearing shalwar qameez also rushed inside by breaking the queue. We noticed that the behavior of the peon was entirely different while dealing with the people wearing tie & suit and shalwar & Qameez. His tone was very soft for the people wearing suit & tie while he was treating harshly with people wearing our national dress. Being a law-abiding and sensitive person, I was deeply saddened and shocked by seeing such disrespect towards humanity and disrespect of my national dress. But it was not such a new thing for me as such incidents are quite common now days and might be seen everywhere whether it’s bus stand, hotel, court or an office etc.
Unfortunately in some departments and sectors it is strictly instructed to the employees to wear pant, shirt and tie. They strongly discourage wearing our national dress. It is so unfortunate that after seven decades of our independence we are still failed to endorse and enforce the importance of our national dress.
Readers, National dress has played and still plays an important symbolic role in the preservation of national values and cultural heritage and in the creation of a feeling of unity of the people. National dresses are not worn in daily life but at folk festivals, weddings, harvest festivals, and other special occasions. It has been declared that Shalwar Kameez is our national dress, but in real practice the situation is totally opposite. Unfortunately, in our society high rank and status is expressed and shown by wearing a tie and suit. From the groom of the wedding to the officers and politicians, we give honor and respect to the people wearing tie and suit. Look at the level of our inferiority complex that if we see anyone wearing our national dress in weddings or offices we laugh and taunt him. For us, our national dress is not a symbol of good and decent dressing. The purpose of this long discussion is not at all to insult or appreciate any particular dress, but it’s just for showing our attitude towards accepting the importance of our national dress.
Our attitude towards our national dress also express our inferiority complex, which is completely wrong. According to Gajanan Mishra success is impossible without killing inferiority complex:
Inferiority complex is there
with all in one way or the other.
I am superior, you are inferior,
The cow is superior, the dog is inferior,
The pigeon is superior, the crow is inferior.
Forget my dear, about superiority and inferiority
And remember, who you are, what is your role
during this period, to change the atmosphere.
Keeping purity should be the motto and not success,
Success is nothing but a highlight of past actions.
Controlling your own mind you should go forward
It is your simplicity and uprightness that can
taken you to super most position at the earliest
and I am waiting here only for that.
If you look at the neighboring and any developed country, you can clearly notice their love, affection and affiliation with their national and traditional dresses. Their ruling and upper class wear their national dresses and never feel any guilty or sense of inferiority. If we look at the history of successful nations it can be seen that there are different factors behind their successes and enforcement & endorsement of their national dresses is one of the major factor behind their progress and development.
Dear readers, in order to determine the goals of national development and growth, it is very important to pay attention to the promotion and encouragement of national dress and values in addition to other factors.