India is a beautiful country. But do we Indians really do anything to keep it clean? No we don’t. We don’t care where we park, we deface monuments, and we dirty our streets by throwing garbage everywhere. Isn’t every small part of India like our own home? Do we throw trash inside our own homes?
The whole concept of keeping our country clean or for that matter any place clean should be instilled in us at an early age. In Japan, kids are taught the importance of cleaning. They start to learn how to clean as early as first grade and this continues right through high school. It includes dusting the floor, rearranging furniture and cleaning the hallways.
Here in India, we think cleaning is not our business. We have sweepers and helpers to do this. We need to change this mentality.
But do we really need to turn into a strict “Chowkidaar’ to monitor others? Why can’t we be our own ‘Chowkidaar’?
Do we have to stop at a traffic light only because the traffic policeman is stationed there?
Let the word “Chowkidaar’ be associated with night duty.
As for the ‘cleanliness drive’ we need to be a ‘responsible citizen’.
Or are we still waiting for someone to hand us a wooden stick and a whistle?