I often receive emails with suggestions or notes. Most of them would make a good article by themselves. Even some of the comments on this site are as good as separate posts in their own right. Here is one that I received from Chhavi Methi (@GuruMaata). Her note was titled "What I want". Surely, not the usual stuff you will see on MediaCrooks. Our govt has long buried the family planning and population control programmes from public attention. Chhavi talks about those and a few more things. I felt it was a good and different read and may not be different from what most of us want. Her note is reproduced here without any change. So read on...
Well, what I want is same as what all of us want! A better life for all!
I want an end to the corruption that is preventing a quality life to us. But I want to move beyond corruption... Move to a much higher level and ensure the protection of our mother earth! Only way we can ensure protection of earth is by doing all that is possible to protect our environment and to conserve our resources.
In fact, it is all related in a chain: ..earth-->environment-->society---->population---->infrastructure--> scarcity --> corruption
To break this vicious chain, we have to start with education. There is so much people that our mother earth can take care of. We are a way too many people already. Increasing population is one of the most important factors that cause damage to society, its values and environment. Less people mean less demand of resources and therefore, less conflict among people and less damage to environment.
We have seen that population control has a direct relation with education. One of the main curses of our society is the illiteracy of our people. But when I say education, I want to go beyond simple literacy and include value education. Education must include awareness on moral values and social responsibilities. Only education would make our people understand the need to adopt population control for their own sake, their children’s sake and the society’s sake!
As I said reduced population will not only reduce the demand for more infrastructure and natural resources but also will increase the quality of our people. It will also make us aware about the need to protect our environment.
To clean up our environment all the men in society must realise the need and work towards it. We all have a responsibility to ensure least cutting of trees, not polluting the air & water etc! It is saddening to see that even our so called educated people not caring about the environment. The poor and illiterate are ignorant but even the rich are uneducated and unaware in social matters! Thinking of environment maybe never plays on in their minds!
Take the case of Singapore. No one dares not throw anything on the road or misuse environment indiscriminately. Is it only because you get fined there? Or is it because there is social awareness among people? Why is that same people when they come back to India do not give any care in maintaining the surroundings or to living as per similar standards?
Can we make it a compulsion that each of us does a spiritual course? Who is going to impose these motivational practices or should we be self- motivated? But knowing Indians, I think it is not there in our blood! I keep reading so many comments that we must change the society to remove corruption and other evils. But is that easy?
While we must work towards increasing education and awareness, and thereby bring changes in the society, can we wait? Any change in a society takes a long time to happen. How do we ensure faster action on these fronts? I think we need to have stricter laws to ensure people live as per acceptable standards. Guilty must be punished strictly and fast. We must make people respect and fear laws!
Together with strict laws, we must also ensure better infrastructure. Poverty and lack of facilities affects our environment badly. Our country and our governments do not lack money. Why can’t we ensure the best of roads, schools and hospitals for our people?
This brings me to my last point. Any such changes require quality leaders. Among the foolish wise men are born ......these wise men are leaders! They have the calibre to make the change! Of course, I’m hinting to our politicians, who are supposedly the chosen leaders! The onus, yes, lies on the leaders to provide direction to our country... Leaders must be educated and must have the power to make changes! Leaders need to think for the country and as voters, we must ensure that only such capable people end up as our leaders!
To conclude, I want our people and our leaders to keep the interests of all in their minds while taking decisions. That would ensure fulfilment of my dream of a quality life for our people!