Note: Our Indian culture is rooted in ‘lokhA samasthA sukino bhavanthu’ which translates roughly into ‘May all the worlds be happy’. However, in the past several hundred years, our land has faced and evolved—I believe disadvantageously—through multiple invasions (Islamic, British).
After observing fellow Indians, I personally think we have moved away from our roots, which has Spiritual Connectedness at its core. People were trained to look at the bigger picture and put others’ welfare ahead of their own. This meant all the fundamental civic courtesies/etiquette were taken care of, automatically.
But in these times, we have imported a confused and twisted view of what our highest goals/pursuits must be. Hence, we have become more self-centred (reflecting what is going on across the world). At the same time, we have failed to adopt even the most basic civic tenets the rest of the world generally has.
Well, I have woven these thoughts into some verse that relates to simple, day-to-day life. There are of course other macro things, but that’s for another time.
Hope this poem strikes a chord and gets people thinking.
A milieu of apathy and greed
The (current) besetting bane of India’s creed
An unhealthy combo of east and west
Has led to an attitude far from the best
The ‘Tolerate what comes’ of eastern philosophy
Meets the ‘Desire everything’ of western audacity
And results in “Do what you like
Don’t fret whom it might strike”
Chuck things on the road
Cling on the bus footboard
Without a care
Treat public spaces
As private terraces
Use civic amenities
The list just grows
I will not write more rows
Why can’t we consider the nation’s property
As more precious than individual liberty?
Patriotism is more than the ‘Jai Hind’ slogan
Country’s welfare must be our top concern!