The Top 10 Things We Can Do to Help Mr. Modi Reboot to India 2.0

In the aftermath of Mr. Modi’s win, we now have a bunch of WA messages doing the rounds, “requesting” Mr. Modi to do everything…take care of the roads, ensure drinkable tap water, provide 24-hours electricity, prevent FDI in retail and so on.

Mr. Modi may be the Prime Minister, but he does not have magic powers and cannot do anything alone. Virtually nothing on the ground will change, unless we too change. India 2.0 is not just for our Government…we have to work hard for the reboot as well.

These ten acts of commission and omission might help!

10. To say thank you when someone does something for us and sorry when we screw up or make a mistake. Being polite is not a weakness.

9. To not spit in public. Anywhere. Even when no one is looking.

8. To not litter. There is no need to throw garbage out of the windows of our houses or our cars.

7. To not break queues. It is not “smart” to get in front of others or to “cut-in”. There is no need to breathe over the shoulder of the person in front. Everyone needs some space.

6. To not honk. It is just not required.

5. To try not to bribe. At the least, we can try not to be active members of the giver-taker equations.

4. To do something for those less fortunate. We talk a lot about helping those in need, but rarely do so. It is not a bad idea to give a small percentage of our incomes to charity.

3. To get involved with the local neighborhood societies, gymkhanas and those trying to do something better for the localities we live in. Yes, the larger infrastructure has to be managed by the Government, but by giving our time and effort, we can help improve our gardens, pavements, the way traffic moves, overall cleanliness and garbage collection and work with our MLAs and Municipal Councillors to improve our surroundings.

2. To give back…to our parents, families, alma maters, friends, professional societies and even politics. Things will always get better when motivated and good people get involved.

And lastly…

1. To not drive like the Amdavadis, who constantly think that going the “wrong way” is the “right” way. It is really a good idea to obey traffic rules. How we drive and behave on the roads says a lot about us.

It is only when we change ourselves that we can hope for change in the country at large. We must remember that rights do not come without responsibilities. And we can take baby steps right now…by starting to obey traffic rules and by not spitting, littering and honking.

25 Comments

  • jamnav wrote:

    Good place to start for the general populace.
    And good to see you back

  • Vasumathi Sriganesh wrote:

    Yes – if each one of us does each of the above it can make a HUGE difference!
    I follow each rule. The one about honking – with a difference. I do not drive, but whether it is my driver or a cabbie – I gently teach them about noise pollution and to restrict honking only for emergencies

  • Bhavin Jankharia wrote:

    Vasu. It’s all about what we can each do to the best of our abilities.

  • Ohhhhhh Bhavin, you are SO RIGHT!! Welcome back.

  • Bhavin Jankharia wrote:

    Thanks

  • Norman wrote:

    It all boils down to discipline and civic sense which many of us do not know how to spell forget application.

    In my earlier comments in one of your blogs(which was blocked. Just now too. I have to write this piece all over again)
    I had mentioned that even a 100 Modis would never be able to change the Country, unless and until we ourselves change/change ourselves. he will have to become a Hitler or produce a miracle to make this change.

    Do hope you will take this in the right spirit, being a sportsman and let this go through, as we too are working for the good of the Country, so that it will really shine and not only on paper. To have some quality of life for what we are paying for through our nose.

    Thanks and Regards.

  • Firoze Hirjikaka wrote:

    spitting, littering and breaking queues has been a part of the Indian psyche for centuries and it will probably take centuries to effect a change. Also, when it comes to helping those in need, what is needed is not charity but a change of attitude. There is this predominantly sense of “it’s not my problem” and “what’s in it for me?” that makes us seem heartless to the outside world.

  • kalyaani wrote:

    Absolutely correct Bhavinji…all the points you suggested haveto haveto be exersised..hoping nd hoping for the people to wake up..THNX ND REGARDS!

  • Satish Rao wrote:

    People all over the world are the same more or less.
    In india we have all sort s of rules and regulations in the book. Is it really enforced? Even in Western countries there are people throw litter, cigarette butts, spit ( but not on the same scale as in India), throw rubbish outside the rubbish collectors. But the law is so strict and it is enforced very strictly. If they come to know rubbish is thrown outside the rubbish collectors culprits are caught in no time by recording them using secret cameras. Mostly people in the developed countries are law abiding and may be most of them they do it in the fear of what happens if caught. Local authorities in India are the worst. In the developed countries the local authorities not only look over the citizens but also look after them.

  • H.L. Chulani wrote:

    And the one thing Modi’ji’ ought to do- speak less since the time saved can be used to ‘do’ work!

  • suniti desai wrote:

    Welcome back Bhavin. What you have written is totally correct but it is very difficult to make people act accordingly. A majority of those who read your article will not act. Added to them is the larger numer who have not read your article.

  • agree a 100% with all the top ten…great to have you back

  • I can add one more..To not use million watt loudspeakers in residential areas for everything from Bablus birthday to the local dandiya.

  • yes yes yes
    good to have you back
    simple and effective ways to re orient our actions
    thankyou

  • Aparna wrote:

    Mr. Jankharia, the article is brilliantly written and superbly articulated. What makes it a gem is you have mentioned all very “minor” but immensely crucial things that we have made a habit to overlook in our lives. Thank you for the refreshing reminder. :)

  • Dr Chetna wrote:

    That part about cuttin ques and breathing over the shoulder of the person standing in front is to b understood …. Even by the educated best….guys, show some patience , b it standing in a payment que in a mall or a retail grocery store … Or even when u r wIting to board a seven star luxury cruise . Have seen a situation in which a group if “we Indians” jumped a huge que just to get in the cruise earlier then the rest of the foreigners waitin patiently fr their turn…shame on us

  • Christina k. wrote:

    Thanks. For sending me the article. Always a pleasure. Just hope he does not start marginalising the minorities. His favourite ploy. Otherwise it could be a dream come true.

  • gurpreet wrote:

    Agree with u…especially on spitting and littering part…just cant stand that..I myself go n rebuke people who do that on road..n just everywhere

  • Rohit Gosalia wrote:

    Good to see you back. I was part of a local Jaycee organisation in 1995. During this year when I was heading it for a year – I gave a slogan “DO YOUR PART” – which if applied by every citizen – can do wonders. Modi advocating this – has already been picked up by very young children. The other day – my friend’s son just about 9 year old argued and stopped a cop who entered a small sleepy lane – which was NO ENTRY. When cop didn’t budge, the boy wanted to go to police station to make a complaint!!

  • Ganesh Parameswaran wrote:

    This is one of the best posts I have read from you. Keep going.

  • Jayesh wrote:

    The post went to spam! any way I marked it not spam and nice to read again your musings. yes sir we have to be the change that we want. Mr. Modi has said that he needs support of all- sub kaa saath comes before sub kaa vikas.

  • Vasumathi Sriganesh wrote:

    For all those who say “this is difficult / it cannot happen in our country” – I will say this:
    Please do YOUR bit. As Bhavin responded to my comment – “It’s all about what we can each do to the best of our abilities.”
    And then – apart from doing your bit – please do share this blog post wherever you can! I am constantly doing this – in several Facebook threads.
    People DO change and also make some changes in others

  • This notification went to my spam also…

    It seems that people will have to modify their manners to reach the proper norms of society, and this will help Modi MODIFY many things Indian – to propel the sub-continent forward, positively.

    Bhavin, I hope this not a one-off….Great writing, as always….!

  • Sundaram wrote:

    A mature article. Do not just say ‘Ache din aanevale hain.’ Resolve ‘ Hum ache din Lanevale hain.’

  • Master piece !!….. Very well compiled article applicable to each one of us

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