CHANGE has to come from WITHIN

A reader replies to this comment on this Rediff article and I paraphrase:

Problem with India is, if you try to do something for the betterment of the underprivileged, you will always face opposition from some vested interest who will do his/her best to throw the spanner into your work. I know a rickshaw puller in a VERY remote village of Orissa planted 500 mango trees and it changed the fortunes of that tiny hamlet. He was given an award by the government. The power to bring CHANGE has to come from within. The final call is OURS. Politicians can only do this much with the limited resources. The problem with us Indians is we always blame the politicians and escape the buck. We talk about pathetic traffic, when half the road is occupied by unauthorized parking. You cannot walk on the footpath because people park their two wheelers or shopkeepers dump half their wares on the sidewalk. We litter garbage and blame the politicians for filthy neighborhoods. We make the country. They form the government. We have to work together to take this country ahead. The responsibility of India’s development is as much as the people as it is of the ruling government. Political parties have to come together. Congress really has to shed its dynastic and divisive politics and do something for the betterment of this country. Someone needs to finish off UP style politics in India if this country has to progress.

I wonder if I can put it any better, especially the part on The power to bring CHANGE has to come from within. I can emphasize it enough!

And,  while we are at this, GO VOTE.

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2 Responses to “CHANGE has to come from WITHIN”

  1. thelaughingganesha Says:

    why do u think there is a problem?

    its general human tendency to restrict anyone/any activity that brings change into their lives and hence the opposition to development and growth. but the people who succeded, one being pointed out by you, never saw these as problems but as opportunities.

    so yes go and vote because despite all naysayers on the eve of our first elections, we are still a vibrant democracy.

  2. onechance Says:

    I am sorry, I was under the mistaken notion that development and growth, are inherently good. I did not realize that hindrances to the aforesaid, can be brushed off as a general human tendency (which, curiously, are again amenable to change- for the better). I was not aware that it is wrong to even think of giving up our shortcomings and that resistance is useless (with due regards to DnA).

    Yes, am being sarcastic, if that was not clear.

    Even if I concede that it is “general” human tendency to oppose any change for the good, how is it that it is ok to quibble about it?

    Eve of our first election? Swooooosh!!

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