Keeping in sync with the “CleanJaipur” theme of the Mega Fun Fair 2012, to be held on 30th Jan., we would like to share with you all this very interesting and thought provoking words by our former President Dr. APJ abdul Kalam. It will take 10 minutes of your time, but every second will be worth it !!
DR. ABDUL KALAM’S MESSAGE TO INDIANS
I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied, “I want to live in a developed India”. For her, you and I will have to build their developed India. You must proclaim, “India is not an underdeveloped nation; it is a highly developed nation”.
DO YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES?
ALLOW ME TO COME BACK WITH A VENGEANCE. GOT 10 MINUTES FOR YOUR COUNTRY? IF YES, THEN READ, …OTHERWSIE CHOICE IS YOURS.
- You say 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 ? 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 streets.
- 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 Peddar Road) between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- You come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket. If you have over-stayed, 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.
- You would not dare to buy an employee at $10 (Rs. 650) a month to “see to it that my STD or ISD calls are billed to someone else.”
- You would not dare to speed beyond 55 m.p.h (88 Km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop , “Jaanta hai main kaun hoon?” (Do you know who I am ?) I am so and so’s son.
- You wouldn’t chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand. Why don’t you spit “Paan” on the streets of TOKYO? Why don’t YOU use examination jockeys or buy false certificates in BOSTON ????????
We are still talking of the same YOU. You can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You throw papers and cigarette on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India?
Once in an interview, the famous Ex- Municipal Commissioner of Bombay, Mr. Tiniaikar, had a point to make. “Rich people’s dogs are walked on the street to leave their affluent droppings all over the place.” He said, “And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficient and dirty pavement. What do they expect the office to do? Go down with a broom every time their dogs feel the pressure in their bowels? In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan. Will the Indian citizen do that here?”
He’s right. We go to the polls to choose a Government and after that forfeit all responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the Government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the Government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the best opportunity. This applies even to the staff that is known not to pass on the service to the public. When it comes to bring social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl-child and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? “It’s the whole system which has to change; how will it matter if I alone forego my son’s rights to a dowry?”
SO who’s going to change the system? What does a system consist of ? Very conveniently, for us it consists of our neighbours, other householders, other cities , other communities, not me and not YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a MR. CLEAN to come along and work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears, we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
DEAR INDIANS, the article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one’s conscience too …
I am echoing J.F Kennedy’s words to his fellow Americans to relate to INDIANS. “ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND THEIR WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY.”
LET’S DO WHAT INDIA NEEDS FROM US.