“Sare Jahan Se Achcha Hindositan Hamara…”
Day 11 #BlogchatterA2Z…
Disclaimer: This post is extensive and exhaustive than the regular ones, yet I’ve tried to contain as much as I could by keeping my emotions in check! Hope you will continue till the end and do share your thoughts for they are the jewels I crave for.
A nation so old, culturally rich and blessed with an unparalleled heritage. Through the length and breadth of the country, breathtaking views, abundance of everything and so much diversity. It is so heartwarming and full of pride at the first instance and maybe the second too, but a peek into the abyss of reality leaves one high, dry and crying for the state we have pushed it in.
While being proud of this nation and its heritage I feel equally ashamed and helpless at the way we have chosen to be while convincing ourselves to dwell with the unaccounted lies and life so superficial and oblivious to the damage we so conveniently are causing ourselves.
No denying the fact that India as a nation is blessed with the richness of diversity, talent, and prosperity, but why does it hurt to admit the cost we are paying for the same! I am neither a pessimist nor a devout but I have my own logic and foundation blocks which I live by and definitely use to measure right from wrong.
Today I intend to take up five correlated entities and would refrain from being judgmental for this nation needs more brainstorming than spoon-feeding.
From a humble beginning of 33 crores or 330 million in 1947 (year of Indian independence) to 125 crores or 1.25 billion in 2011, we have come a long way in terms of numbers and although fresh census is due in 2021 it is already estimated that we have comfortably crossed 1.37 billion.
Being a large diversified nation it may seem like a moment of pride to many looking at the numbers, but if you care to pull the curtain even a bit you’ll find almost every kind of problem faced by the populace attached to a branch of it. Striking a balance is as important as moving forward.
Lack of work opportunities, uneven distribution of resources, survival woes, impatience, selfish mindsets and lack of respect are few tips of the deadly icebergs floating around. Human life is considered to be a machine on the assembly line instead of being a resource. The fight to get food, shelter, and clothing has either kept or continues to keep most of us so busy that we have forgotten how to live life.
I see people breaking queues, violating traffic guidelines, snatching, stealing, cheating, stepping over and hating each other in as sophisticated as well as raw manner as they can for it is mandatory to survive. The need of the hour is to reinforce education and dole out incentives for family planning.
The advent of religion can be traced back to the 16th and 17th centuries and an overview of any religion and its preaching is proof enough to understand where the hatred gets manufactured and how it propagates our society. Neither it was taught nor imposed when the actual scriptures came into being as the way it is done today because originally those documents contained experiments and deductions for reference and as a knowledge base. Peoples’ conscience was left untouched and open to exploring the right and wrong.
Modifications and tweaks outline the modern practice of religion and represent a model supreme and unquestionable. The freedom to ask and analyze is not even a luxury anymore and people are content to abide. Religion is a personal belief and should be practiced as such rather than being used as a spice. Also, it should be prohibited from being imposed upon anyone. Uniformity and simplicity should be the only preaching.
A NATION’S IDENTITY IS NOT BY ANY RELIGION BUT THE HOISTED PIECE OF CLOTH FOR WHICH EVERY HEAD LIFTS AND HEARTBEATS WITHOUT ANY DOUBT.
Education forms the foundation of every social setup. A few educated individuals can bring about a prolific change with their manner, stature, and behavior. Why do we always keep promising the nation better schools and teachers when what we actually want is an army of illiterate zombies ready to vote uniformly without either analyzing or discussing. Flexibility to explore, experiment and engage needs to be shielded from people hell-bent on screwing complete generations because the only education to them is power sugar-coated in green.
Thoughts develop when curiosity is free to speak. Why are we scared to question? Free is never a solution but a curse until it’s organic. Free education is paramount but reservation is not. Free support is healthy but artificial dependence is not. Educate and teach to earn rather than giving it for free and pushing someone towards a state of chaos and total reliability. Educate to liberate and not further dominate.
WHERE IS MY WEALTH… OOPS, HEALTH!
Let me start with some facts collated by organizations like WHO, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Deloitte.
- India’s doctor to patient ratio is lower than WHO’s average of 2.5 doctors for every 1000 patients.
- A gap of 1.54 million doctors and 2.4 million nurses to bridge the gap as per global averages.
- Out of pocket healthcare expenses amount to almost 67% of the total expenditure and accounts for one-sixth of India’s poverty burden.
- 65 million diabetics in India which put us at the top of the global list. Obviously, it should have nothing to do with lifestyle practices and induced stress levels (pun intended).
- 27 crore people in 64 districts in 13 states out of 29 do not have a single blood bank.
The point to drive home is not to draw a parallel with anyone but caring for our own. The reason attributed to the problem offers the solution too but the will to enact is missing. Too many to cater and so many to train. Every kind of advancement is welcome and good provided your family is in a state to reap and enjoy.
IGNORANCE OF INTELLECT
We as citizens are to be blamed more for our lack of ownership and empathy towards others and the cause. Keeping quiet and appreciating the anarchy is the worst choice to make for whatever reason. I do not want to drag on the topic for it’ll diminish the importance of my thoughts. Significant is not to concur with me completely or even partially but to awaken your soul and start inquiring. What appears right, right now can be your moment of distraught later and it’s better to be an instrument of change while you can lest there is nothing left to even regret.
NO NATION CAN BE DEVELOPING OR DEVELOPED IF HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION ARE THE TWO BIGGEST WORRIES AND MOST EXPENSIVE COMMODITIES TOPPING THE LIST.
With that said I have a humble appeal to make to all, irrespective of your race, age, sex, religion, and nationality. Listed below are a few fundamental and easiest steps/actions you can inculcate and help spread to make not only this nation but the world a better place.
- Respect your surroundings and fellow beings (humans and animals alike).
- Do not waste water and other resources.
- Care, for it gets reciprocated.
- Share else we will be alone.
- Educate in mind not just on paper.
- Be the change you seek.
Till then keep SMILING and LIVE some more while you can, for there’ll be plenty of time to drag on 🙂 !
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