“We are humans. We call ourselves the social animal (Anyways, the animal). We’ve grown from being a hairy being with two legs, hands, eyes, ears and one nose and mouth and other additional parts, and our ability to communicate and think which made us different from other animals, to a civilized sophisticated and highly developed beings on the earth.
Till today (means the day I wrote this post), no other animal have been discovered to have such mental strength and abilities as humans have. And so we rule the world! We are the supreme living beings on Earth! And the world (including its resources and benefits) are ours to explore and use (and misuse)…!”
This is what I think what others might be feeling about themselves because I see people behaving in not-so-civilized or sophisticated manner nowadays.. Well, for them, newsflash! It is not as you may be thinking! We are even worse than animals in things we do! Read on, you’ll see…
Today’s is our beloved country’s Independence Day. 15th August, the day when after 200 years of struggling and fighting, the people of India could finally remove the dictatorship of other nation (which is now among the super powers of the world, thanks to all the Laxmi that we allowed them to take away without any clause for repayment..!)
It was the moment of freedom. People felt joyous and enjoyed the beginning of democracy in their nation. They rejoiced in the rhythm of being free to live their lives, the independence, which they all sought for about two centuries. There were speculations, there were expectations, that the new born India would be an emblem of peace and serenity. The new born nation would show the world how it can grow after a great fall! (There were people too who said that India will break into pieces, here people think of themselves and not the country).
Yes, the speculations, expectations were achieved (and sayings were proved too). We truly are an emblem of peace in the world. Well, nobody in the world would keep quiet this long even if a nation is constantly trying to disrupt the stability in our country and have killed about a billion people over these years. Anyone else at our place would have surely declared a war! But no, we are peace loving democratic and secular nation. (Even though the biggest problem in our country is religion!).
So what went wrong over the span of these 66 years that we could achieve the goals that we set on the First Independence Day, but not to our own benefits?! Can we blame the government for framing poor policies or not implementing the laws properly? Or can we blame the disruptive neighborhood that we’ve got to constantly annoy us with all the activities that are prohibited by the Indian Penal Code? Or can we blame it to the ‘Great’ Nation that ruled us for 200 years and exploited and diseased us to the deepest root of our country? Or can we just blame our people, Indians for they are the one who ultimately are responsible for their acts? Can we blame these people? Yes… We can… We surely can! ‘Cuz India is a democratic nation. We all have a right to express our opinion. We have right to speak the way we want unless it hinders someone else’s privacy or integrity. But in India no one reads the “unless” portion. Nobody is interested in the “conditions” that apply(*). We have got this right for free, so we enjoy, we use it, we even misuse it…
But if we look at the mirror, apart from the clothes and accessories, excluding the charm of our face or the spoiled cupcake, what do we see? Can we look into our eyes and shout like a militant “Jay Hind!”? Can we? Can we even say that “I’m proud to be an Indian!” No right? (Yeah some would disagree, but let me tell you, read on, your response would change… And okay some would even say that why would we be proud, there’s nothing to be proud of in Our country! To him – Kindly leave India, we don’t need such Good for nothing complainers like you, anyway the population is increasing, please bless us by either dying or leave the nation and yes, you’re NOT welcomed!)
I’d like to remind you people of the ad that came a few years back featuring Aamir Khan telling us to wake up (Jago!). That ad showed us the very basic problem of our nation and that is “Indian People!”. Yes the problem in the country is its own people. If we all change, then the nation will surely progress, there’s no doubt to it! But will we change…? Now that’s a BIG question, ain’t it? Well, I personally believe that we can never change! (but you can prove me wrong!) You all people can actually stop doing what is wrong, start doing what is right (obviously) and prove that no I’m wrong, and the people of India CAN change, and India can grow! But can you do it!? Again, I don’t think so…
As a matter of fact, we can never change our old habits! And – to litter in public, being corrupt, helping the enemies of this country for personal benefit, being selfish, ignoring the environment, ignoring the restraints and wasting the resources, NOT following the rules (which is not same as breaking the rules, an Indian would say), misbehaving with poor and weak, not respecting the females, rapes, thefts, ignoring the parking rules, ignoring the traffic rules, defying the instructions issued to us in case of an emergency or difficulty thinking only about us and no one else, ignoring the warnings issued for using conservatively (where we would use, instead waste, like anything), demanding foreign items when the same purpose can be achieved easily with an Indigenous item, not respecting the minors, not performing the profession ethically, evading tax, using other people’s money for personal benefits, looking after our well-being even when that will cause problem to other genuinely, lies, frauds, cheats, following the wrong foreign culture instead of adopting to their correct and successful practices, office politics and oppression, misuse of power and position, illegally obtaining what you do not deserve (even sometimes even what you don’t need), disrupting national peace, fighting over petty issues and creating havoc (where things could have easily been solved just by saying a simple “Sorry!”), disrespectful use of public transportation, sadistic behavior as those things don’t belong to us or those people are not known to us, rebellious behavior at the wrong place, unethical earnings, accumulating resources for our future generations when some of the present generation people are starving for it, and finally blaming it on others, not believing that you all are equally part of it (including me) – is our deepest and oldest habits that can never be overcome without bringing the change in ourselves first!
What would happen if we changed? What would happen if we stopped doing the things listed above and behaved in rightful way the a true citizen should have!? What would happen if the world would be free from all these things, and people would live happily!? (If you say that this is a dream which can never be achieved – please kill yourself! If all the people like you just commit suicide then we don’t have to do anything more, our dream would automatically be achieved!)
Rightly said by someone I don’t know – “Be the change you wanna see!”
But still I don’t think you can..!! Prove me wrong if you can..!