I rarely feel patriotic.
I like very few patriotic songs. I like Rehman's Maa Tujhe Salaam. But the songs which go on about how India is the best place in the world, how it's the most wonderful place to live (in the face of all evidence), how we have unity in diversity, how we have diverse cultures, plenty of tolerance, and a deep rooted sense of morality, those are just silly. Come on, the people who wrote them didn't believe that, did they? I used to like the national anthem, but I've heard it sung badly far too many times.
This year, though, I bought a five rupee plastic flag off a child on the pavement. There's something terribly ironic about an underfed, underdressed child trying to appeal to my patriotic instinct, when the fact of that child's existance in that state only served to remind me of how little there is to be patriotic about.
(I predict a spate of 'no, India is wonderful, look how far we've progressed' comments. Spare me. I quite like this country, but it has yet to earn my pride.)