YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up
YOU say that the phones don' t work, the
railways are a joke, the airline is the worst in
the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the
dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say.
What do YOU do about it? Take a person on his
way to Singapore..... Give him a name - YOURS.
Give him a face - YOURS. YOU walk out of the
airport and you are at your International best.
In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on
the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud
of their Underground links as they are. You pay
$5 (approx. Rs.60) to drive through Orchard Road
(equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road)
between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU comeback to the
parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you
have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping
mall irrespective of your status identity. In
Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU
wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan,
in Dubai. YOU would not dare to go out without
your head covered in Jeddah. YOU would not dare
to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in
London at 10 pounds ( Rs.650) a month to, "see
to it that my STD and ISD calls a re billed to
someone else." YOU would not dare to speed
beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then
tell the traffic cop, "Jaanta hai main kaun hoon
(Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son.
Take your two bucks and get lost."
YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell
anywhere other than the garbage pail on the
beaches in Australia and New Zealand.
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo?
Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy
fake certificates in Boston???
We are still talking of the same YOU.
YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign
system in other countries but cannot in your
You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the
road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you
can be an involved and appreciative citizen in
an alien country, why cannot you be the same
here in India?
Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal
commis sioner of Bombay, Mr.Tinaikar, had a
point to make. "Rich people's dogs are walked on
the streets to leave their affluent droppings
all over the place," he said. "And then the same
people turn around to criticize and blame the
authorities for inefficiency and dirty
pavements. What do they expect the officers to
do? Go down with a broom every time their dog
feels the pressure in his bowels?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after
his pet has done the job. Same in Japan. Will
the Indian citizen do that here?" He's right.
We go to the polls to choose a government and
after that forfeit all responsibility. We sit
back wanting to be pampered and expect the
government to do everything for us whilst our
contribution is totally negative. We expect the
government to clean up but we are not going to
stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are
we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of
paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the
railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are
not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide
the best of food and toiletries but we are not
going to stop pilfering at the least
opportunity. This applies even to the staff who
is known not to pass on the service to the
public. When it comes to burning social issues
like those related to women, dowry, girl child
and others, we make loud drawing room
protestations and continue to do the reverse at
home. Our excuse? "It's the whole system which
has to change, how will it matter if I alone
forego my sons' rights to a dowry." So who's
going to change the system?
What does a system consist of? Very conveniently
for us it consists of our neighbors, other
households, other cities, other communities and
the government. But definitely not me and YOU.
When it comes to us actually making a positive
contribution to the system we lock ourselves
along with our families into a safe cocoon and
look into the distance at countries far away and
wait for a Mr. Clean to come alo ng & work
miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his
hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to
America to bask in their glory and praise their
system. When New York becomes insecure we run to
England. When England experiences unemployment,
we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When
the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued
and brought home by the Indian government.
Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country.
Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our
conscience is mortgaged to money.
Dear Indians, The article is highly thought
inductive, calls for a great deal of
introspection and pricks one's conscience
too....I am echoing J.F.Kennedy's words to his
fellow Americans to relate to Indians.....
"ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO
BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER
WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY"
Lets do what India needs from us.
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the author's and not of Tamilpakkam.com