I have not travelled the world and I am not well aware what image people conjure up in their minds when they hear the word “Indian” but seeing the daily show put on by our politicians, businessmen, administrators and neighbours I found some things which are best to be done away with.
1.Evasion of Responsibility
Grow up and take responsibility for what you do. Stop passing the buck and own up your mistakes and actions. A society needs technocrats, accountants, and bureaucrats to be able to survive but in order to succeed and develop it needs a leader. Have the gumption to be able to do that. Be the change you want to see in the world. The streetlight on the road is broken? Instead of complaining about it to your colleagues why not pick up the phone and complain to the right authorities?
2.Ridiculing the Very Country You Live In
Mark Twain aptly summed up our country’s greatness by saying, “India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” We should take pride in it. Despite such diversity in terms of demographics, religion, region, climate there is unity. We prefer imported goods because according to us our goods lack quality. Well, aren’t we the ones who produced them in the first place? If we get over our “Chalta Hai” attitude we can go places. Instead of tearing each other down let us build up one another. If we can’t respect our own nation how can we expect someone else to? Patriotism is not celebrating Independence Day once a year but celebrating it throughout the year by doing something for the nation in our own little ways we can.
We as a nation have the misfortune of being one of the most plundered and damaged country both economically and emotionally which is the reason for our high insecurities. We need to move on and be more sensible. Instead on fighting over petty issues like caste, the race we need to think about the whole society. Personally I don’t believe in charity and I can’t ask people for the same. But I believe in unity and teamwork and I behest that.
4.Aping Like an ape
We give an ape a tough competition when it comes to imitating. This has only led to eroding of our values. Instead of blindly following just because everyone is, why shouldn’t we follow something we believe in? And while we are becoming the fake west why don’t we follow their good things? Like doing our household chores ourselves, not littering public places among many others.
5.Giving Oneself Airs
Another typical Indian attitude is bragging, be it education or money. Nobody is interested except some bored people who have nothing better to do but sit around. You are not studying, marrying or earning money to prove something to the society, you are doing that for yourself so why is it necessary to broadcast it. Why can’t you do something just because you enjoy it and not worry about how that will affect your image and how will you come off looking?
6.Being a Coward
Being born in the motherland of many heroes like Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, we still are a pack of timid humans. Starting from our birth, all our life choices are made from the fear of the morbid question, “Society kya kahegi?” The clothes we wear, the education choices we make, our living styles, everything is done from this fear. We grow up we are afraid to raise our voices against injustice and then it never stops. We live only once and there is no point in living if we can’t be who we really are just from the fear of being an outcast in the society or just because we can’t enjoy our rights and liberties. Even if we are not being crushed we have to help because someday we can be the one. We need to break these shackles in order to be truly free.
7.Being a Hypocrite
No one practises what they preach because it is easier said than done. If all my life I have done something worth applauding than it is this- I don’t preach until I practise. In order to quit being a hypocrite- either preach something you can follow or don’t preach.