P.S : As I am an Indian this article will be written on Indian context, but I hope you can relate this article to your country.
We often complain about our government being corrupt or our politicians being corrupt or our political parties being corrupt. But have we ever analysed how ‘non-corrupt’ we are? We all should ask this question to ourselves. Are we loyal towards our country? Are we ‘non-corrupt’ towards our country?
“To safe guard public property and to abjure violence”
This is one of the responsibilities of an Indian citizen. Take out a newspaper and go through it and count how much ‘violent‘ news is present in that newspaper. Of course media is the best exaggerators in the world, but we can’t deny the truth in all these news. We can’t expect our politicians to be honest when we can’t even follow our own simple responsibilities. We are looking for a reason to start a fight. Who damn cares if Maria Sharapova does not know who Sachin Tendulkar is. We Indians and also cricket fans around the globe know how great he is. But we attacked Sharapova and that showed how ‘cultured’ we were. Sachin is a noble man, he should be having noble supporters. Not a bunch of ‘uncultured’ people who attack a woman from a non-cricket playing country for not knowing a cricket legend. The funny thing is that we don’t even know our own players from the Indian Hockey team (They say that Hockey is the national game of India. Well I don’t think so 😛 ). When Ibn Battuta came to India in the fourteenth century, he described coconut as ‘a nut in the shape of a man’s head’. We have to note that he was a Moroccan and coconuts probably may not have been popular there. Anyways, if Ibn Battuta said something like that today, we will chop his head and say “Coconuts are not like man’s head, but it is his head that looks like a coconut”.
“To protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures;”
This is another responsibility of an Indian citizen. Tiger is our national animal and it is already under threat and could extinct soon. This pretty much explains how ‘responsible’ we are. One may argue that it was not the carelessness of the people that caused the tigers in our country to die, but there are other reasons. But this argument is invalid because we can’t deny the fact that there was direct or indirect role played by we Indians in the death of the tigers in our country. Now there is no use in ‘crying over spilt milk’, let us protect the tigers left in our country.
We all know the condition of river Ganga, which is considered as the holy river of Hindus, . This again shows how loyal we are and how ‘non-corrupt’ we are towards the country.
“To safeguard public property and to abjure violence;”
Now a days, we have a tendency to cause damage to each and every public property we see. And we ourselves complain about the politicians for not fixing it. Some months earlier, in our locality, one of the political parties in our state built a small divider to avoid traffic blocks. The next day members from another party destroyed it. “It was built from corrupt money”, they said. At least they did not eat themselves, like many other politicians in our country do. The intention of the people to destroy the divider was completely based on political rivalry and not because it was built from ‘corrupt money’. The condition of all government offices in our country is pathetic. We blame the government for that, but we forget the fact that it was we who made it pathetic. But, we do not dare to damage any public property when we go to a foreign country, where there are strict punishments for damaging public property. All of a sudden we are very ‘educated’ and ‘cultured’. Our Constitution was wrong to give us ‘too much’ freedom, if we look at such an angle.
“To strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavor and achievement.”
We don’t even care about our neighbour’s welfare, then how can we strive towards the excellence of the nation. We are selfish. One may argue that the excellence of each and every individual will lead to excellence of the nation. But, why are we restraining ourselves from helping others, so they can excel too?
Yes, the politicians have greater power and they are expected to make changes and make our country a better place. That is the reason why we elected them anyway. But, why do we deny our responsibilities towards our mother India ? The Constitution has guaranteed us some fundamental rights, but we are also expected to some duties as an Indian citizen. Remember, Fundamental Rights and Duties are the Two Sides of the Same Coin.
So, before criticizing the Government and the politicians for being corrupt, please ensure that you are not corrupt towards the country.
After saying all this, I pledge that ,”I as an Indian citizen will follow it’s rules and will perform my duties towards the nation. Jai Hind!!”
P.S: If you are a reader from another country and if you were able to relate this article to your country, please mention your country and also comment your honest opinion. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.
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