If Only Mother India has the Basic Right to Cleanliness

Mother India is a metaphor for India. If We personalize India as a human, I am sure that human doesn’t have the basic rights to cleanliness. If you are expecting government shaming in this post, let me clarify this post is not at all about it. This post is about actual humans and how we rob Mother India from her basic right.

Some Background

One gentleman was caught red-handed and questioned by Anushka Sharma while he was busy littering a square mm of plastic on  road. Virat made a video and posted it on social media. After the video went viral, gentleman’s mother confronted Anushka saying that her son is scarred for life.

Before we delve into whether posting video was right or wrong, let’s take few steps back and ask whether throwing garbage on road was right or wrong?

Are you part of the problem?

How hard can it be to keep the garbage in your car? I just can’t understand. If anyone has an answer, please tell me in comments. I often find people complaining about what the government is doing on this front other than campaigning Swachh Bharat Mission. What are You and Me doing on individual fronts? We are even unable to throw the rubbish in dustbins. No government can do it alone without equal responsibilities from citizens.

Would you litter your own homes in the same way like you litter  in public?

Rather than asking her son to apologise, this lady took it to another level of  “My son is right. You are wrong”. How will we Indians progress ever? The root of the problem is that everyone thinks that they can throw the rubbish in public spaces as those places are not within the safe boundaries of their homes though they forget that they don’t have any right to litter in public space because they don’t own that place. Tell me, Would you litter your own homes in the same way like you litter  in public?

Something similar happened in 2015. Husband and I were at Kanpur Railway Station. A man was staining stairs with his paan and We intervened. H asked him to stop spitting. The man replied, “It’s not my home and I can do whatever I want”. Also, the smell of attitude and arrogance was so high as if he was doing something worthy of gallantry award.

The irony of our times is that We only feel patriotic and chant Bharat Mata ki Jai for religion and We lose all the patriotism and offer filth to same Bharat Mata because who cares? We want a fairy godmother who can clean the country in a wink. Sorry to crash your hopes but that’s not happening in this life.

If you think your local government is not doing enough, question them about it. Dumping your garbage on road is not going to solve the problem. Be part of the solution and not the problem.

I am going to end this post with a picture which I took at Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Dorset, England. The warning is written in Hindi. There must be some reason, I guess.

What are your thoughts on this?

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