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We mock 'Swachh Bharat' Campaign

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The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr Narender Modi began his tenure by launching the Swachh Bharat Campaign, a nationwide cleanliness campaign. Government agencies, media, corporates, citizens all came together to make a conscious effort to clean up our surroundings. For a country like India, aspiring to become a developed country and a leader in the world community, it is absolutely essential that India embraces cleanliness- which is a way of life, especially in developed countries. But, after the initial hype, the attention seems to have fizzled out. 

Ages of neglect

Indians have been used to filth all around them. As a matter of fact, we have never been a clean country. One only needs to move out of one’s house to see how Indians neglect cleanliness, the dirt and plastic waste on the streets, the betel stains on the walls reflect our callousness. We have not really been trained to think of cleanliness as one of the basic, essential priority of the society. So, that level of commitment is missing in us.  

It is not my job

The underlying notion that plagues the psyche of Indians is that keeping our surroundings clean is ‘somebody else’s job’, not their own. The sense of apathy that Indians have towards their surroundings is evident on the streets. A lot of people don’t think twice before throwing used products like polybags, wrappers, bottles and other waste out on the streets, rather than dump them in the dustbins. They are just used to doing this, without thinking about the consequences. Besides causing filth all around, which leads to diseases, the plastic materials like polybags are swallowed by animals like cows, becoming a threat to their lives. 

It is everybody’s job to ensure cleanliness and not demean the people who try to make an effort in this regard. If we don’t do it ourselves, we can’t expect others to do it. Moreover, we sure won’t be passing on a good message for the next generation, who would start believing that it’s fine to litter around and be unhygienic. 

Sense of privilege

A sense of privilege runs through the veins of a lot of Indians. The feeling that they are superior to others and a sense of entitlement prevents them from thinking beyond the individual self, about the society. They look down about the people who have the onerous task of keeping the streets clean. They believe that because they are well-off financially, hold a superior position of privilege in the society, pay their taxes, they are exempted from discharging from other responsibilities towards the society, especially ensuring that there is cleanliness around them. 

The cynics

Sadly, a lot of cynicism runs in the Indian society which stops people from embracing change. The ‘chalta hai’ attitude is synonymous to the way a lot of Indians function. Such people, out of habit and lack of conviction, resist and mock any new initiative that the government takes, and try to bring down others who want to make an effort. 

Lack of awareness

There is a basic lack of awareness in people about the need for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene around themselves. They don’t realise that not maintaining cleanliness and hygiene can lead to diseases and illness, which also leads to a lot of medical expense, burdening them. Hence, instead of mocking or showing disinterest to such initiatives, they should come forward to contribute vigorously. 

The fact of the matter is that in a vast and diverse country like India, it is impossible for the government to keep the cities clean without the willing help of the citizens of the country. Instead of mocking at initiatives such as, the Swachh Bharat Campaign, if the citizens support it wholeheartedly and ensure cleanliness in their homes, in their surroundings, India would be a changed country and ready to assume its rightful position in the world. 

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