“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi.
India is the second largest country in terms of population but when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness India is one of the dirtiest and unhygienic countries in the world.
Do we all Indian’s want to have a dirty and unhygienic country?
The answer is NO. I believe that we all Indian’s want a clean, beautiful and hygienic country. Don’t you??
We generally care very less about hygiene. Our habit will not change unless we are aware of health hazards.
People keep their home clean but when it comes to surroundings like streets, parks etc. nobody even cares because they perceive it as the duty of government even though they themselves are responsible for throwing garbage and making their surroundings dirty.
All we want is a clean house; rest is not our business. I mean, who has the time to walk a complete lane and find a stupid overflowing municipality dustbin? Throw it right there baby, aim it at your neighbors nose.
We love our neighbors, so we dump our waste right outside their door. Now their house looks all decorated with the polythene bags, used sanitary napkins and yes, of course the rotting food from last week. We love to do that to our streets, gardens and water bodies too.
India is the country of festivals also. How could we forget that?? During the festivals like Durga Puja, Christmas, Navratri we enjoy delicious foods including street foods. After eating we throw food packets, plastic cups, plastic bowls, spoons etc wherever we want, may be on the middle of the street. We don’t want to miss a few seconds by searching the dustbin. So we throw it on the road.
One more thing we Indians love to do is spitting anytime wherever we want to.
Spitting should be declared as our national sport. Most of us love spitting everywhere and on everything. It’s not just the red gutkha that has made us the spitting champions; we just love the process and don’t mind going “aaaaaaakh-thooo” right in the middle of everywhere.
No historical monument in India is free from the graffiti posted by from some irresponsible Indian visitors who are more interested in recording their arrival than in safekeeping and maintaining our rich heritage that has been left to us by our ancestors. There is no public wall in India to be found free if the dirty-red of pan-spit; a unique feature, found only in India.
We are the same Indians who when traveling/living outside India would take utmost care not to drop even a toffee wrapper on the roadside. We are the same Indians who would blindly follow traffic rules in other countries but while in our own country would not follow traffic signals and blare horns at no-noise zones. We are the same people who can stand patiently and silently in long queues to get a bottle of whisky but become angry and fight when caught in traffic jams or have to wait in queues in banks, ATMs etc. This is the irony of us.
But the blame cannot be entirely put on the general public. The lack of amenities like public toilets and waste bins is also partly responsible for all these misdeeds. But it still needs to be seen how much Indians would aware to these new systems and take a bit of extra pain and trouble to drop the waste wrapper in the dustbin. Despite such facilities provided in some places we can often find people who prefer to relieve themselves in the open than pay a rupee for the use—and—pay toilets. Most of the bins on the roadsides are full and spill over due to either lack of regular disposal by the civic authorities or due to the general trend of the public to throw waste items around the bin than in it and proudly proclaim that he/she is a good citizen and dumps waste only ‘in’ the bin.
As a human being we can’t change the whole world but we can change ourselves. If you can change your habits, your thoughts; the world around you will also change. If you can’t change yourself, how will you expect the world to change?
If you change your bad habits, you can tell or make them aware of cleanliness.
Don’t wait for others to make effort and make your country clean. You yourself take the first step to make this country a clean and hygienic country.
Cleanliness should be taken as the first and foremost responsibility by everyone. Everyone should understand that cleanliness is as necessary as food and water. However, we should give cleanliness a first priority instead of the food and water. Cleanliness should be initiated at home, school, college, society, community, office, organization and country level to bring a clean India revolution all over the India.
We need to clean ourselves, home, surrounding areas, society, community, city, garden, and environment on daily basis. We all should understand the motto, importance and necessity of cleanliness and must try to apply it in our daily lives.
Cleanliness is not a job which we have to do to earn money however, it is a very good habit which we should do to earn a good health and healthy life. Cleanliness is a greatest virtue which should be followed by everyone as a great responsibility to enhance the standard of life. We should take care of our personal cleanliness, pet animal cleanliness, environment cleanliness, surrounding cleanliness and work place cleanliness.
Govt has initiated a cleaning campaign from 2014, called “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. This campaign envisages a clean India through participation of each and every Indian. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched this ambitious campaign to make India a clean country within October, 2019.
Now it is our turn to make some effort to make our surroundings clean and hygienic.
It is not a forceful act but we should do it peacefully. It keeps us healthy mentally, physically, socially and intellectually. A small step of all of us can be converted to big step conjointly.
India is our country, our home and it is our responsibility to keep it clean and tidy. Carrying a chocolate wrapper half a kilometer with you till you can find a dustbin to dispose it off wouldn’t cost you much of energy or trouble. Just like one doesn’t spit on the walls of one’s own house, it is our moral duty not to spit on the walls of our country. Our surroundings and our way of life is the impression foreign tourists carry of India. Let each one is the other one’s guide and together help keep India clean.
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