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.
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.