Are Indians self-disciplined?

115925478_3ac1ed8a8a1.jpgEveryday we find ourselves blaming the government for our woes. Be it power shortage, dirty streets, traffic jams or water-logged drains, we say that the ‘system’ is faulty and the situation is never going to improve.It seems quite reasonable to do so. But pause for a moment and consider. Is it really the system which is responsible for our plight? Aren’t we a part of this system too? After all the government is not only made up of politicians and government officials. It is we, the people, who form the government. We are its foundation. Therefore we should realize that whenever we accuse the system for our miseries, we face the brunt too.

Here I wish to focus on the lack of self discipline. It’s a common sight to see people spitting on the streets. The shopkeepers and householders sweep away the dust and garbage from the area in and around their property onto the roads or streets which are considered to be public, and thus of no concern to them. The street food shops are the dirtiest places where people throw away the paper plates on the road after eating. Yet, at the end of the day, we complain that the streets are never clean. The Municipal Corporation is sleeping. We expect their workers to come with brooms and wipe away the dust and garbage and shit.

Now consider that the same people are holidaying abroad. Do you expect them to do the same things there? Will you expect them to spit on the streets? Will they throw the garbage anywhere around them? The answer is NO. Instead they will be all praise for the government and the system.

The fact is, at the root of these chronic problems are the people themselves. Nobody is ready to take the blame or the initiative to improve the situation. This ‘nobody’ includes ME as well. My experiences as a student of Delhi university have shown me the truth in this. At the time of student elections I was shocked to see hundreds of pamphlets scattered all around my college. Yet, the students gossiped and chuckled as if unaware of the litter. I wanted to pick some of it and throw it in the dustbin. Yet, I was reluctant. I didn’t want to get embarrassed. The college remained unclean the whole day.

Still we say that the system is faulty. But yes, the system doesn’t include you and me. It is the responsibility of others, not you and me. It is sinful to do ‘small’ work – something that should be done by people of lower rank only.

We hold this system accountable for the power shortage. But we don’t want to be blamed for electricity theft. We criticize this system for huge traffic jams. Yet we are not answerable for the encroachments.

WE need a CHANGE. We need to change ourselves. It is not difficult. If we want to keep our country clean and beautiful we have to take the initiative. Next time you start to blame the system for all the problems that you face, try and remember the last time you did something worth something to anybody other than yourself. Remember-Charity begins at home, Change begins with you!

Bhavnit Batra