Thursday, 27 June 2013

No one to blame but yourself

Today I came across a bizarre incident that happened while I was heading to my class. It was early in the morning, around 7 o’clock, and I halted my bike at a junction after noticing the ‘red’ signal. All of a sudden I saw some vehicles overtaking me and crossing the signal. I then looked at the signal and it was still ‘red’. Initially I thought that there might have been some problem with the signaling system but later when the signal at the other sides worked fine, I realized that the problem is with the people not with the system. I stood there wondering ‘why can’t these people wait for fifty seconds?’ and that time I heard a horn sound from a bus that stood right behind me. He (a male driver) was honking his horn continuously and I decided not to make a move until the signal turned ‘green’. He then overtook me and jumped the signal making the vehicles that were approaching from the other side to halt. Even when the signal turned ‘green’ I wasn’t able to cross the road as it was jam-packed with the vehicles that were rushing in from the other sides. I spotted the traffic police man standing under a tree sipping some tea and happily gazing his looks at the traffic mess. He did not dare to step in and clear the mess; instead he was focused on drinking his cup of tea. 

When people are least bothered about the rules and are lazy enough to follow them, they have got no right to blame the Government. I have seen many people blaming the ‘sarkar’ (Govt) for the discomforts they face in their day to day life. If you ask me I would say that the ‘people’ are the ones to be blamed because it was the ‘people’ who elected the ‘sarkar’. This is a democratic country and the power lies with the people to choose a politician (remember 'of the people, for the people and by the people'?). The situation turns ironic when people tend to choose an ‘unfit’ or a ‘corrupt’ politician to rule them. If an ‘unfit’ or a ‘corrupt’ politician takes the throne, he will initially take steps to satisfy his own needs before considering the people who made him the ruler. People’s needs are obviously not met leaving them in a state of discomfort and blaming the Government for that is not a solution. He / She should have made a clear analysis about the politician before casting their vote.

The process of clear analysis must include – ‘whether he / she is fit for the position’, ‘whether he / she got the capacity to serve people’, ‘whether he / she has got an adequate knowledge in politics’, ‘whether he / she is capable of understanding people’s needs’ and the list goes on. Just imagine that you’re going to buy a mobile phone. You’re not going to head to the shop blindly and buy any kind of model that is available out there, right? You’ll initially zero in a brand, then select a model, plan your budget accordingly, check the specifications and then you’ll finalize the mobile phone model. So these steps indicate that you’re keen on going in for a ‘quality’ product. Yes, you heard me right – ‘quality’. The same concept applies when it comes to choosing a leader. People must make a thorough background check and analysis about a politician before we allow him / her to take the throne (just like people doing a background check before they offer you a seat in their company). Now don’t say that ‘illiterates’ cannot do this. The ‘common sense’ is the only thing involved here. You do not need a ‘PhD in Mathematics’ to purchase a mobile phone. All you need is the money and the specifications meeting your criteria. The same thing is applied here (the common sense) – select a leader, check whether the individual is fit to rule and then vote for him / her.  

If the foundation is weak, we cannot expect the building to be strong. It will collapse one fine day. The same principle applies to politics. If we choose a weak Politian, we cannot expect him / her to do wonders; instead he / she will commit lots of blunders. So, before you blame someone for something just realize that you’re also part of that ‘something’ and you’re very well involved in the process. For example, in case of an accident we always say that the fault always lies with the vehicle that hit us. Just view it from the other side and you’ll see that the other person thinking the ‘same’ like you did. Thus both of you are involved in the process (yes, the person hit you and you allowed the person to hit. At least you should have been careful) and blaming each other is not the only solution. Instead of blaming why can’t we stick to the rules and follow them? 

You may ask me this – ‘You said blaming alone is not the solution, but you are blaming the people.’ Yes, I agree that I’m blaming the people, but not all. There are some people who make the nation proud and there are a few who degrade it. Like a coin having two sides, the nation also has two sides – good and bad. Reducing the level of ‘bad’ and highlighting the values of ‘good’ makes a nation shine better. I follow the basic rules in a proper manner. I wear helmet while driving my bike, I do not cross the speed limit, I put the indicator before turning left or right, I halt at the ‘red’ signal, I do not jump signals and I do not talk in cell phone while driving. I just make use of what is available around me to the fullest. If it doesn’t satisfy me, then I will ‘complain’ not ‘blame’. But when people as a whole make mistakes, I can do nothing but ‘blame’ them. 
Rules are meant to be followed not to be broken. They are just rules and not ‘death defying stunts’. Make a habit to follow those and I’m sure that it will cause you no harm.

16 comments:

  1. Good one.. But ppl should follow this as you said.

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    1. "the nation's prosperity lies in the hands of people" - if they realize this they'll surely follow :)

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  2. Very nicely written...In India we take rules for granted and never bother to follow them...It really very sad..and obviously blaming will not change anything,the people should change their mindset at least for the sake of this country...

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  3. Good one Ashwin. Reminds me of a talk that I heard somewhere (do not remember who said that): He said, when we say rules, whose rules are they? We always say these are the college rules, these are the traffic rules. In fact we never own the rules ourselves. That is the issue. If people start saying these are my rules, then things become very simple. Everyone would start following them.

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    1. i totally agree with you.. we've to take those 'already listed' rules and frame 'our own' rules correlating with the former ones.. and the most imp thing is everyone should start following them.. just like a regular habit they shud get used to it

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  4. Well written Ashwin! The most stressful people I have ever met are those who promote a "Wrong and Strong" culture!

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  5. Ashwin, thanks for sharing this post. It is so easy to blame the government for our problems, when it is in fact people (even ourselves) that are the problem.

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    1. and blaming alone is not a solution...

      thanks for reading the post :)

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  6. nice subject bro...but whatever you write,they'll again cross the red light
    that's the nature of a true INDIAN \m/ :P

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  7. Great post Ashwin! I too am dumbfounded when people have such low disregard for the rules. I love your line; If the foundation is weak, we cannot expect the building to be strong. That is so true.

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    1. its just that people see rules as a punishment..

      anyways, thanks for reading my post

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  8. It appears you have taken what I had to say to heart. Nicely written! Clear, concise, and strong, although I stay away from blaming. But you have named the object of focus; you, the individual who helped draw on that which is, the paradigm of every day normalcy we live in, the illusion that spellbinds all of us into believing what we see as real.

    From out of this we learn

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  9. Why do we want to elect a corrupt leader? It is because we wanted to be corrupt. This is what the attitude of most of the people here.
    I felt little ashamed of reading this post being an Indian but we have to admit the fact that rules are taken for granted for Granted here.
    It is not malfunction of the Govt., it is malfunctioning of the mindset of the people that is stunting the growth.
    Lets us hope that India will become a better nation with better mindset of people atleast from our next generation because it has to start from now.

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    1. why next generation? even now if people in the existing generation follow the rules we can see some changes, right?

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