The Dirty India
We Indians are really unique creatures. Our patriotism level is at 101 when it comes to cricket matches and independence days. We cover all our weaknesses under the shield of our blood –stirring speeches about our great culture and glorious past. But have we ever thought about our gloomy future?
From boulevards to gutters and walls, from rivers to skies, we Indians consider it our fundamental right to spit, spread garbage and foul every corner of our country. After all, these are public spaces and we own it because we have paid taxes for their construction
This is not the end of our uniqueness. It is in our genetic repertoire to boast about foreign nations that have immaculate public spaces while we defile and denigrate our own land. We claim ‘I wish India was as clean as Singapore’ but we aren’t ready to clean our own dirty habits because ‘chalta hai!’
We are the first ones to vilify the government and accuse them of not doing anything to make India cleaner. But I think, we should be thankful to the government for not doing anything to make India cleaner because the only way of making our country clean is kicking ourselves out of this land because we never improve. We point fingers to others but we fail to acknowledge that we are all to be blamed for the abominable condition of our nation.
But we shouldn’t forget that we are the only beings who can change this scenario and we do not need any celebrity movement like the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ to get us going. It is that one inner voice, that one awakening which can change the face of India. Myriads of people all over India are taking efforts to make India a cleaner place but their efforts are going in vain because we the ignorant educated people throw our garbage on the streets every day, block our drains with plastic and treat every space as our own loo.
A boy living at a train station collecting plastics bottles and other recycleable items. Photo by M M
Recently, I watched a TED video titled ‘The Ugly Indian’ which was hosted by an Indian himself. The Ugly Indian, is meant to insult Indians, it is meant to make us feel guilty of converting the most beautiful land on this Earth, into a pile of garbage. WE MAKE GARBAGE, WE THROW GARBAGE AND WE SPEAK GARBAGE. WHY CAN’T WE JUST SHUT UP AND WORK? Of course, we can never shut up! We need publicity for the work we are doing. We need to update our Facebook profiles with our photos and captions like ‘# Swachh Bharat Abhiyan#ProudtobeanIndian’ because we feel that we are obliging our nation by cleaning the dirt we spread- I thought that is basic civic manners!
Guys! It’s time to buck up! It’s time to realise our duties towards our country! Because if we keep snoring as we are, our country would no longer qualify as a ‘country’. It would become a garbage bin and we would be the proud pigs playing in the bin.
By Sara Sethia
Sara Sethia is 11 grader doing the IBDP at Oberoi International School, Mumbai. She has passion for bringing a change by acting on the issues. At Earth5R Sara Sethia is writing powerful articles for EarthJournal. She is also initiating an environmental educational project for underprivileged communities.