Friday, October 1, 2010

Buck up India

Just read an interesting, essential mail today which is so apt for the present phase India is going through especially after the CWG mess and Ayodhya verdict and wotnot. The mail was by Dr. Abdul Kalam on how we all tend to react so negatively by just pointing fingers at each other. I am reiterating the fact that we hardly realize the amount of contributions we do as a citizen with voting rights. The blame game just goes on and we have journalists who are so good at instigating us to carry on with this blame game . Not blaming them but sometimes we really have to think. Think about if we are good enough to point fingers at others. I'll quote what the former President had to say

YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
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?

And he also said ,
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 come back 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.

He's said it all and I am sure that from tomorrow we are going to keep this in mind but never apply in our actions. We are the ones who ignite everything into flames.. everything from spitting on the road to ill treating our foreign tourists to bribing to disobeying traffic rules. You have to be the change you want to see. Buck up !!!!!


Sandy said...

The General notion of Indians is tht"The Grass is Green on the Neighbour's septik tank" and "Being an Indian I have the right to critisize my countries system".This notion,however,is so embedded in our own culture.Take for instance,parents comparing their child with other kids or the same reason why we end up fighting fiercely more with close friends and family but are tolerant or even silent to others fault. At the end of the day,"Everyone on my side,my own team,sucks"..and that feeling would be exat opposite of PATRIOTISM.So if you are proud to be an Indian,stay back be a part of your countries improvement,so BUCK UP or else PACK UP to Greener Pastures.

Vishnu Visakh S said...

Mr.Ex- President is spot on. We Indians just criticise everything and never move a finger. Take the case of CWG, every ppl criticising the set up and conditions of CWG. Anju Bobby George said, CWG is far far better when compared to Athens Olymbics which happened few years before. There they had to clean their rooms themselves with the workers. One foreign Athlete too said the same thing. Did any one hear that Athens Olymbics has problems like that?? No, thats the difference between ppl of India and other countries. When foreigners tries to support their country, the great Indian ppl puts down the country. Media has a huge hand in this.

Doc said...

ok.. i heard some of your stuff when a friend of mine shared a video on facebook.. Where can I get my hands on some of the stuff u've done :)
Seems like ur email and twitter handle dont exist anymore :)

Masood said...

Could you please give me sreenath bhasi's email? Thanks in advance

Neha Sasikumar said...

@Doc My twitter id is nehasnair ..and it's still active :)