Civic Pride

Civic Pride

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Almost fifteen years ago, I talked to a friend who loves India, who lives in India, and from a western country. He was sharing his pain over India's polluted rivers and lakes and shared an opinion that it is a result of a lack of civic pride and ownership from the citizens. He also referred to how the dirty streets are also a reflection of the same. India's great qualities, such as hospitality, the inclination to spirituality, friendliness, and India's rich culture, came to my mind, and I fought within myself against his opinion. More or less, at the same time, our parliament/state assembly members behaved poorly in two separate instances, resulting in me questioning what happened to us, from India, over time! And I thought about my friend's opinion sincerely and grew respect for our brothers and sisters from western countries. Their cleanliness and civil behavior attracted me, and I felt inspired to inculcate those qualities in me. Today I watched sadly what happened in the United States of America, who I love for having lead the rest of the world in many fields, including this medium where I am typing this message. The sitting president, Mr. Trump continuing to act according to the dictate of his impulses, demonstrating such behavior is okay in civil society, set fire to uncivil behavior in the name of justice. It is not new, but today is a climax. Hopefully, it ends today.


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Thankfully what followed helped me retain the faith that there is still a lot to learn from my fellow citizens about gathering and collecting oneself after recognizing a mistake. The Senate voted 93-6 supporting the legitimacy of the democratic process of election, and I did not see anyone at least interrupting while the other spoke. The latter part of interrupting is not trivial. It is significant. We need progressive policies to be implemented today for a better tomorrow and many tomorrows. And we also need to preserve the honorable culture, entrepreneurism and wisdom of the past. In the name of being progressive, we cannot dishonor our culture. And in the name of preserving, we cannot restrain our human spirit and dishonor other people. We all must grow out of the childish habit of putting one thing down to raise the value of another thing we like, as we demand such growth in people involved in politics alone. Otherwise, some people who desire power would benefit from our biased differences and chidish affinities. This scenario has played over and over in history, and today is another scene. Thankfully the lawmakers, a vast majority of them, seem to have called an end to an episode of dishonorable leadership. I hope that we all give the new president-elect, Mr. Biden, and his team a chance to serve and evaluate based on their present actions, independent of sentiments and party affiliations, as we all evolve out of our inner tantrums, however subtle they are, when we don't get what we want.



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6 Jan 2020 #kamrajsundram