We the common yet privileged people of this great country called India, often ask each other a pertinent question,
“We are ordinary citizens. What can we do for this country?”.
Well, before we ask each other this rather romantic question let us first introspect for a moment and ask ourselves the following much easier questions:
Are we segregating our house waste?
Do we break traffic signals and drive rashly?
Do we jaywalk on roads?
Do we throw waste onto public spaces?
Do we allow an ambulance to pass conveniently in peak traffic?
Do we park our cars in no parking zones?
This list could be endless.
Thus, a few more questions emerge:
Are we doing the above right?
Do we expect others to do the above right while not doing it ourselves?
If all of us do the above right, will it not solve many of the problems of this country?
Most importantly who or what is stopping us from doing the above things right?
Fact is, that the politicians, police and civil servants did not come out of thin air. They are one of us. Hence, before we exercise our right to criticize them for their “Chalta hain” (everything is okay) attitude, let us first delve deep within and ask ourselves, “Are we guilty of the same?”.
Funnily, the above questions do not demand an extreme sacrifice from our end. Just the need to be more civil. Is that a big ask?
Before we solve the much graver issues of the world, country and economy sitting in the comfort of our AC living rooms over a peg of whiskey or a cup of coffee, can we first deal with the much smaller issues directly concerning us.
Before we call upon the right, left or centre leaning concerned citizen within us, can we first call upon just the “citizen” and ask him to be accountable?
Finally, next time we are in a public space, can we be more observant of our own behavior and thereby help in making this country great?
Jai Hind! Vande Mataram!
Happy Independence Day!
Please note: I am not an outsider I am one of you. And yes, mistakes are mistakes unless done purposefully.