Five years back my then colleague in Edinburgh (UK) asked me
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“If you can give something from your country, what would you give to us (UK)"
Though I don’t remember what I blabbered at the moment, it did provoke me to think a lot.
I didn’t want to defend my country fakely. I shed all my prejudices and started thinking unbiased, on what could we give it to them.
They are far ahead than us in infrastructure and usage of technology. Their people are far more cultured than us. Individual freedom is at peak there and they nurture it with good manners. Their political setup is far less corrupt than ours. Their people do their job perfectly where as we let them mock at us expanding Indian Standard Time (IST) as Indian Stretched Time.
What do we have then?
Five years back this question led me to an idea of what we should do to come out of all the mess that we are now and lead life respectfully as they do. I am going to write the same ideas that I collected in mind then, without much change. Thanks to Blog a ton for giving me this already thought out topic.
Starting from traffic, government offices, politicians, corrupt officials to cleanliness, I can give innumerable sarcastic instances to prove how we lack behind in comparison to western countries. I used to do this in my previous posts. As I am all grownup and mature now, I am not going to do that here. Instead I would like to concentrate on results and future activities rather than cynicism.
I will not accuse that politicians or corrupt officials are the reason for our current state now. I don’t believe that these people could change.
Then what would bring a change to this nation?
I would like to explain this with one of my experiences.
Few months back, the ruling party leader visited my place. The chumchas dug holes all over the road to erupt cutouts with their lovely smiling face at the foot of the leader to give a grand welcome. I was thinking how a ruling party can damage public property. The following month the opposite party leader visited and same thing happened as all chumchas are alike irrespective of their parties. I got irritated and felt if people in power, whose responsibility is to protect public property can do this, then who can save our country. A week later, in the next street one of our fellow people got a function at his home. He dug hole right in the middle of the road to erupt shamiyana.
I feel politicians and corrupt officials are not born straight from sky. They indeed originate within us. They reflect the culture and practices of our entire nation. When we are pointing fingers at corrupt politicians, can we tell that our common people are free of guilt?
An auto rickshaw driver likes to earn that extra bit of money unethically. We don’t mind litter the space when we are out of our home. We never obey signals when there is no policeman. We never do our job to perfection. Isn’t this same mindset reflected in corrupt politicians and officials. If there are ten goats in a herd and if we elect one goat, I don't think we can expect it to roar like a lion.
If at all there should come a change, I feel it should come from our people. Not politician. Not officials.
I want my people to become more responsible. If they do a job, whether it is rocket technology or sweeping the street, I want them to do it whole hearted with all their skills. If they have to vote, I want them to vote analyzing the pros and cons of a candidate rather than party fanaticism. I want them to respect other person’s freedom and treat them with respect and love. I want them to understand selfishness isn’t the sign of brilliance.
If these things happen, I strongly believe rest of the things will fall in place.
Yes. My dream is to bring my people out of all these ignorance that they have in the fields above mentioned. This is the very objective of this blog. All your support till now made me believe that I could do much more than just writing. Will let you know when this shapes up well.
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