This is India! Yahan aise hi hota aya hai aur aise hi hota rahega!
This Is India! Yahan aise hi hota aya hai aur aise hi hota rahega, they say! Politics, corruption, misuse of power, under development, lack of basics (food, water, and shelter), terrorist attacks, communal violence, caste systems and regionalism – the list is unending!
If we go out on the streets of our cities, we see undone roads, dust, littering garbage, no respect for traffic rules, no systematic parking, accidents, never ending traffic jams, illegal building constructions, pollution, etc. We come back home, sit back on the arm chair and say, “iss desh ka kuch nai hosakta, Yahan aise hi hota aya hai aur aise hi hota rahega”! Next best thing, we put up facebook/twitter statuses on how unhappy this country makes us, how we can’t have a comfortable life in this country, cannot earn more money, inflation, no proper job market, no job satisfaction blah blah blah.
Many of us are fascinated by the way the developed countries work. Cleaner roads, higher standard of living, freedom, higher pay and better working conditions are a few things we quote. So we decide that we cannot change the way things work in India and neither are we bothered to do that. Best way out is to move to a different country and lead a happy life! That’s a personal choice people make and it is absolutely fine! But one thing we fail to notice is the attitude of the people in those developed countries- the honesty they have towards their work and country is the most important reason for them to progress. A worker, who is cleaning the road on a snowy morning, makes sure the work given to him is completed in the best possible way. This also applies to the CEO of a big company or a politician. The people in these developed countries are said to have the attitude that they want things to be done and they demand quick response and best facilities. They are ready to work for their company/country to make it the best! That’s how nations progress – not just by good governmental bodies, but by the will of its citizens!
Why can’t we emulate this in our own country? Let us take a step back and think. When we see an undone road or a half constructed park or a garbage pile in front of our house, how often have we actually made an effort towards solving the problem? How many of us have actually walked up to the municipality or the concerned authority and complained about it? How many of us have followed it up relentlessly until the job is done? We SEE, we TALK, we COMPLAIN and we MOVE ON! Yes it takes time and effort to solve the problems, but remember, democracy is for the people, of the people and by the people! We are the biggest force in a democracy. We need to remind ourselves about this everyday!
In a Hindi movie named Nayak, Paresh Rawal said a very apt dialogue: “tumhare jaise iss desh ke sabhi nau jawan yahi sochte hai, ki Rs.15000-20000 ki naukri mil jaye, ek sundar si ladki miljaye shadi karne ko, aur retirement tak rupaye jama karke sheher ke bahar aadha acre zameen kharedlenge, aur makaan banayenge! Garden mein easy chair pe bhaitke akbaar padhte hue apni biwi se kahenge ki darling politics ne iss desh ko khatam kardiya hai! Arre jao, tumhe koi hak nai hai politicians ko kuch kehneka”! Just blaming the government, be it UPA or Modi’s cabinet for every wrong thing in this country is not helping us in any way. Until WE get up from our cozy houses and try to change something, we do not have any right to question others! If there is collective public pressure on governmental bodies, then even they may be forced to take some steps that they would not take otherwise!
Few problems are for the government to solve by taking right decisions and making better policies. But few others are our responsibilities, a citizen’s responsibility. We put so much hard work in studying, making our career, getting a good job, being successful in that job throughout! We leave no stone unturned! That’s exactly what needs to be done! Why not try to do the same for our country by taking small steps and not stopping at nothing? I guess it is time we stop discussing arm chair philosophies and start doing changes. I would urge each and every one of you, if you see anything which is bothering you in your city, please make that small effort to walk up to the concerned authorities and bring it to their notice! Keep at it until it changes! This kind of revolution throughout the country will get us the momentum we need! Remember there is no magic wand which will change the situation around us. The magic is inside us!
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