Cleanliness Of Our Nation is Our Responsibility, But Are We Responsible?

Posted on August 30, 2010 in Society

By Geetanjali Maria:

As I sat in the auto, jam packed with all kinds of people from all sides, in the half an hour journey I observed that at least 6 of the 10 people in the auto had spit outside once or more, or had chucked left-over eatables out of the window and onto the road. These happen to be the same people who later on complain how filthy and unclean India is. We ourselves are indeed responsible for the dirt and scum on the roadsides and other public properties.

No historical monument in India is free from the graffiti posted by unscrupulous Indian visitors who are more interested in recording their arrival than in safekeeping and maintaining our rich heritage that has been left to us by our ancestors. There is no public wall in India to be found free if the dirty-red of pan-spit; a unique feature, found only in India. Every nook and cranny of our country houses plastic litter or half-eaten corn and groundnut leftovers.

We are the same Indians who when traveling/living outside India would take utmost care not to drop even a toffee wrapper on the roadside. We are the same Indians who would blindly follow traffic rules in other countries but while in our own country would jump traffic signals and blare horns at no-noise zones (Ok, some part of this concern does come from the fear of the huge fines such acts may result in). We are the same people who can stand patiently and silently in long queues to get a bottle of whisky but grumble and fight when caught in traffic jams or have to wait in queues for getting any paper clearance done or certificate made. We are the very ones who love to keep our own house and surroundings clean but wouldn’t mind dumping our wastes into our neighbor’s compound. This is the irony of Indians.

But the blame cannot be entirely put on the general public. The lack of amenities like public toilets and waste bins is also partly responsible for all these misdeeds. But it still needs to be seen how much Indians would adhere to these new systems and take a bit of extra pain and trouble to drop the waste wrapper in the dustbin. Despite such facilities provided in some places we can often find people who prefer to relieve themselves in the open than pay a rupee for the use—and—pay toilets. Most of the bins on the roadsides are full and spill over due to either lack of regular disposal by the civic authorities or due to the general trend of the public to throw waste items around the bin than in it and proudly (but falsely) proclaim that he/she is a good citizen and dumps waste only ‘in’ the bin.

India is our country, our home and it is our responsibility to keep it clean and tidy. Carrying a chocolate wrapper half a kilometer with you till you can find a dustbin to dispose it off wouldn’t cost you much of energy or trouble. Just like one doesn’t spit on the walls of one’s own house, it is our moral duty not to spit on the walls of our country. Our surroundings and our way of life is the impression foreign tourists carry of India. Let each one be the other one’s guide and together help keep India clean.

The writer is a Correspondent of Youth Ki Awaaz.

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Anika Gera

I always make sure i never throw garbage or any paper or evn icecream stick on the roads…i throw them in d dustbin or put in my bag n throw them after reaching home,,,and, i make sure that i stop my friends n family also to litter the roads…if they don’t pick..i pick which makes them feel guilty n they do it themselves,,,,dis is how i teach people around me to stop littering the roads n make our place more beautiful !! why people keep saying noida or delhi are so unclean it’s coz of people like us…who litter the roads..if we take 1 step ahead to stop it..10 more will join us n that will make the difference !


    we can do it


4 things i can not tolerate about India
1. Men peeing everywhere
2.Men and women spitting everywhere
3.Stray dogs
4.Garbage dumps at haphazardly chosen spots

Why i hate these is because I believe they can be controlled if not entirely eradicated if there are strong laws introduced by the government. Indians will not behave until it pinches them.
Its time for strong laws and high fines at least within certain city areas where urinals are constructed (particularly with the shameful act of open peeing)

Lets bring back a sense of shame!

Thank you

Edelbert, Bangalore


cleanliness really means next to goodliness……cleanliness is a part of our life ……we should keep our body//mind//every thing neat nd clean ……by our cleanliness other person too fell nice 2 talk with us … gives a nice nd impressable image 2 the person standing near by us …………thus we keep ourself neat nd clean ………..nd make others happy ………..


Start your counting I am coming. Ha ha ha


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