We believe that the first step towards making our country even better is to become better citizens. We have to keep in mind that everything we do, even the smallest action has something to do with our country and hence we must act responsibly. Here are the 5 little things we may be aware of but often overlook. Simple steps like these will surely help us build a better society and nation.
1. Cooperate and Coordinate
Often we have a discord at home. As a result there is chaos. This disharmony can be avoided. Like every relation, our relationship with our parents is a two-way route. You obey, they listen. You argue, they argue. Remember Mahatma Gandhi’s mantra- ahimsa, even at home. Let the waves of anger pass. It is okay to disagree; we are all different individuals with different perspectives. What is essential is that we cooperate with each other and not be stubborn. A larger picture would then be of diverse communities, comprising of cooperative individuals, co-existing peacefully!
This cooperation begins at home. A good community starts in a good family. The way we are at home reflects to what we are in a larger environment. We become better if we obey our parents. Our parents want us to succeed and try to help us achieve our goals. Our behaviour at home is actually step one into a professional environment (only difference, rules at home are way simpler and flexible!).
2. Dream Bigger and BETTER!
Recent survey says over 80% of engineering graduates in India are unemployable. Clearly, a country cannot make progress if all her GEN-NEXT decides to pursue the same career. Think about it. We need a variety of professionals for the country to progress in various fields and have a sustainable development. So explore all your career opportunities, understand them, and talk to people in various fields. Choose what interests you and suits you best. No profession is better than another. Each profession has its own importance.
3. Civic Duties
A dirty public toilet, a pan-stain on a freshly painted wall or a filthy road pisses us off greatly. We’ll keep cribbing about how the authorities are not doing their duties. But, ironically we never think before dropping that wrapper of wafers outside the window! Civic sense is one of the simplest things in the world, something that is taught to us in Pre-school! Remember your teacher explaining how ‘bits of paper lying on the floor, make the place untidy.’ Not only can we contribute to a cleaner environment but we can also do our bit by making it a point to stop others. So the next time you go for an ice-cream with your family, before Dad drops his ice-cream wrapper slyly on the ground, pick it up and drop it in a dustbin.
4. Learn Everyday
Education doesn’t mean just passing school; it is beyond academics. Education helps you get perspective and helps you analyze situations better. It helps you use your logical or reasoning skills to overcome obstacles. A part of education is learning. Learn from others, from your experience and help others accordingly.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
5. Put India First
You are a human being first; a citizen next, male or female later and follower of a certain religion, caste or creed at the end. Believe in what you do. Whenever you are in doubt ask yourself, ‘if I do this, will it make my country better?’ Put India First. We are an emerging super power. It is true that not everything in our country is perfect. But don’t let the shortcomings of your motherland stop you from helping her become greater. Don’t ignore the negative side but do look at the brighter side. There is room for improvement in every individual, society and country, always.