Looking within and without….
We can talk endlessly and dispense a lot of words of wisdom, as a nation. Well, nothing wrong with that I would say, for it is splendid to have an opinion and to analyze and talk. But when that talk, and the ‘knowledge’ dispensing happens without any substantial action/analysis/facts that is when the problem starts. We also as a collective citizenry find fault with everything which does not happen the way we want it to. Whether it is the government machinery or the delivery agents or the trains running late or the public parks being dirty or no one following a queue. The list of our cribs is endless.
Well, it is logical that if things do not happen in a certain way, then one is bound to get upset. However, have we analyzed the reasons for all of this? Ever done any introspection? Questioned the questions? Scrutinized the points under scrutiny? Investigated the reasons for the recurring blunders? Explored our social tapestry for possible answers?
Never seriously. At least not by the shenanigans.
People like us the oft called ‘ones with a conscience’ and oft sniggered at as well and those who matter not for any political setup as we are too smart to be any kind of a vote bank and too dumb to think we may matter somewhere – are never listened to. Nay, I guess we are listened to but not taken with any credence.
The problem in all our problems is our ‘attitude’ – individually and collectively as a nation. We lack the attitude.
I shall take some simple, straightforward examples.
Example One: We blame the police for many of our law-and-order issues. In a nation with the world’s largest population, majority of whom are illiterate and poor and uneducated, where a large majority of politicians are certified goons with criminal backgrounds, a government machinery which is used to ‘oiling’ for every movement it makes and where political parties run states as if their own princely states and especially where recommendations for the autonomy of the law enforcement agencies from the political machinery has been thrown away in academic references and spoken only over undocumented chai and biskuits – then it is not fair to lay the blame for all ills related to our safety or the lack of it on the shoulders of a force which is always over-worked and under-worked and mis-used and many a times not allowed to work at all. How many of us will vouch that if given the opportunity when caught doing the wrong thing – either driving without a license or over-speeding or taking a U-turn from a prohibited area or parking under the No-Parking sign – we will pay the fine upfront and admit to our mistakes? 9 out of 10 people will try to pay off the policeman on the road to make an easy get-away. Till automated challans for every red light skip or wrong turn were not in place, we thought we were the kings of our roads. Now a quiet e-challan along with a photograph of the place and time and your vehicle making that mistake with you behind the wheel reaches the post-boxes and emails of many such offenders who now have a zero escape. (At least the state where I reside, being the best and amongst the first in such implementations bears such stories. And my police officer husband has two such challans thus – we had rolled over the white line at the red light twice; we rolled back too immediately but ‘smile-you-are-on-camera’ moment had happened by then!
I had a carpenter chap once who asked for help regarding his 18K pending challans for ‘minor’ offences, he claimed!! The ‘minor’ offences included trillion riding, No helmet, over-speeding, and the like.)
We do not have the attitude to do the right thing always; though we follow all rules when we are on foreign soil. So effectively, we know as a citizenry how to follow rules, we just are confused when.
Example Two: Working with teachers and school staff, I oft find myself cornered because no one likes to do anything perfectly every day. We have our blue moon moments wherein we work like a dream but that is just that. A flash in the pan performance. As they cut corners, the errors happen and then the laid-back attitude leads to simple problems getting compounded. Being in an environment which is alive with the little tomorrow’s (Thank you Dr. Suess, I love this), how can one be efficient now and disregarding the next. The switch-on/ switch-off mode is exasperating. I did and still do my work as I am supposed to, day-in and day-out and I do not need CCTV monitoring at all.
We do not have the work ethics attitude neither the professionalism to be always principled. So effectively, we are skilled, competent, and capable but lack on that most fundamental talent which distinguishes morons from human beings: veracity & dependability.
A froward of the gyani what’s app quite recently, had a genuinely thought-provoking excerpt from someone’s speech or article which enlisted the reasons that why India is not considered a legitimate place for professional work by many multi-national giants. And please do not be fooled by the largest hub of this company or that. Some of these giants have employed youngsters for a pittance.
We are said to be a nation with the youngest work force, averaging below 30/35 years. Awesome and a thumbs up – but have we looked at what kind of education and what kind of ethical standards govern the thinking of most of that work force?
I shudder to even start an analysis. The pandemic showed me the worst kind of side of a large majority of service providers and left me shaken and disillusioned to the core.
I love my country, but I am not proud of my countrymen. I need to now make this distinction to keep the right kind of attitude in place for my sanity.
Life in the middle of nothing or chaos or everything – THE attitude should be the defining factor!
Hope springs from our environment itself…….Being a die-hard optimist, I still hope we as nation shall redeem ourselves!! (hopefully….)
Let there be light and THE right attitude….