Where did we go wrong?

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Living in a vast land of diversities, numbers, languages and problems: we can say that we have a lot of everything: a good amount of virtues and a better amount of vices. We wonder, from time to time, that when will India have a stable sustainable society of which every Indian could be proud of?

It has been a month of my being outside my homeland, and it has brought a different perspective of revelation: being Indians, we are so diverse, have seen start of multiple faiths, have endured the rule of several foreign kings, but yet how do we manage to be so narrow-minded and opaque? Why can’t we understand that a darker skin coloured person has a similar family and humane heart like ours? Why can’t we respect a female making her own decisions? Why do we etch out ways for others to follow based on their ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, religion and region?

Going through such questions for a last few years, I saw that we are too comfortable following the existing social fabric than cutting through it and quitting it. We are afraid to try, and too tired to give in the effort which it demands. We are tired as children, as teenagers and as grown-up adults. We follow what lies ahead of us-dictated by the surrounding society.

Very few among the billion population of ours are quite fortunate enough to stand out from the age-old inhumane practices and live life by humanity rather by other distinguishing factors which are man-made.

Now I come to the title of the article: we are still sometimes referred to as a third-world country. Why? Is that because the Government is not able enough to address these issues? I don’t think so. India has many existing laws and schemes which can effectively help improve every citizens life, if only they are legislated throughout length and breadth of the country. Then, the cause?

Because of the amount of stress that we have in our day-to-day life, the amount of stress we breath into each others lives and into the environment in India. Literacy percentage and quality of life are in drooping percentages compared to rest of the civilised world. Why?

My primary inference is our population growth, which is a major problem in lives of people living below poverty level. To address that, we need to communicate more in regional languages to spread the awareness and educate them of the underlying challenges and the light that lie ahead us if mainly people of poor financial background learn to plan their families in advance. People who have stable or higher financial status in India already have manged to address this issue on an average.

But also, we should look to the social expectation which does not have a role to play unless we let them pressurise us. Of all the factors mentioned above, are there any problems which we, as citizens, cannot solve? Maybe not. Only if we try. We can try not to be judgemental. We can try to be in a healthy competition. We can try to live life by passion of our curiosity. We can try to break the social standards that have existed for centuries and help support our family to live by their own terms.

We can try to follow our Preamble to the constitution of India, word by word. We can try to respect and care a being not with respect to their profession or by their paycheck but by their capability to do something and earn, both bread and self-esteem.

So, now can we expect you to be a better citizen of this vast green country? Can we now expect not to hear cries of domestic violence? Can we now expect to pass by each other with a heart-warming smile and ‘Namaste’ so that we can believe that all that happens in the end happens for the good?

Leave a response, I would like to know your insights.