For the past few weeks, as soon as the sun set, a pair of goats munching something have continuously walked back slowly to rest for the night opposite my residence. A couple of days back, a father with his little son suddenly stopped the bike beside my home facing the goats. The little boy was holding a water gun and the father asked him to squeeze water on those goats resting there. I was agitated by the wrong guidance of the father. I wondered what they would gain out of such cruel actions.

1. Animal cruelty

Hitting with stones, tying something to the neck of dogs and cats all actions can be listed in animal cruelty. People tend to show their meanness to such innocent animals, with no reason.

Now let me list a few other pet peeves, which raise my ire but also negatively impact our country and its development.

2. Honk! Honk! Honk!

Though Chennai is known for many great things, smooth traffic is not one among them. You have to wait for a long while to cross busy roads, especially during peak hours. Have any of you felt irritated when someone next to your vehicle keeps honking before the signal turns green? People lack patience even to wait until the signal turns green and want to rush to their destination.

How many of you know this?

“Chennai is ranked 2nd in highest road crash deaths,” says UN and WHO in a recent report on ‘Global Report on Urban Health.’

3. Rash driving- Key to death

Generally, people find driving faster more adventurous, not bothering about the repercussions. Rather than being tops in cleanliness, road conditions or safety, Chennai has been ranked 2nd in road crash deaths. Who do you think is responsible for this? It is we reckless people who increase the rate of risks by driving fast and driving drunk. You not only tend to lose your life, but also others. There are signboards put up on roads implying the significance of road safety rules, to drive slower, to avoid drunk driving yet people are not concerned about it.

4. Gender equality

Is gender equality only for men and women and not for transgender? We all talk about equality for men and women and not much importance is given for transgender. People look them as ‘another’ and not as a human being which is unfair. They should also be given equal opportunities wherever it may be schools, colleges or at the workplace.

5. Aid the hunger

All of us visit hotels and order tasty, appealing food and miss to eat it completely, wasting it. Or even at houses, sometimes you prepare so much or if the product expires you tend to throw it. Food is one of the basic needs for a living being and by not wasting it you can save a number of lives from dying out of starving.

India is still a developing country, where corruption, lack of literacy and knowledge, social inequality, cleanliness being the few major causes of it. We all do realize its effects on our country; however we miss to take necessary steps in solving it. Cleanliness is a major factor for a healthy country but the down listed few are the major reasons for unclean India.

6. Don’t litter it! Trash it!

Once while traveling, my brother was about to throw the biscuit wrapper out of the window. I advised him to leave it in his bag and throw it in the trash can after getting down from the train. It is the same with others that people are so reluctant to even dispose of their own waste improperly. This will eventually affect us (health disorders) as well the environment (soil pollution).

7. No spit! No TB!

Have you ever noticed red-colored wall art at railway stations, the wall of houses and other public places? People are so senseless that they spit the paan (betel leaf chew) without realizing its consequences on others. By spitting, you make the place dirty and unhygienic and cause a major health disorder, Tuberculosis, an airborne disease.

 How many of you know?

“The second longest river in the world, ‘Ganga,’ is now the second most polluted river in the world.”

8. Preserve water

Our world covers 71% of water, which is one of the nature’s gifts. India is covered by water on three sides where a number of rivers run through. Do we Indians make use of it economically? We waste water through improper irrigation in agriculture, inappropriate draining system and no use of rainwater harvesting at residences. In addition, by dumping waste, washing, pumping sewage, all contaminate the water bodies. Consequently, this causes a number of diseases like Cholera, Malaria.

9. No public excretion

Advertisements, radios, and NGOs are trying to spread awareness on the effects of open defecation as there are villages with no toilets. It is acceptable that those people are uneducated and unaware of it. But the educated and conscious people in the city make the same mistake by urinating in public places, which is an offense. Consequently, it causes some health disorders in others.

10. Cherish the heritage

A heritage, spiritual country like India encompasses a lot of historical places, which we Indians should take pride in and protect from getting devastated. But Indians have become the destroyers, rather than sustainers of it. While visiting temple or historical monuments, people scribble on the walls or cause some damage and making them lose their grandeur.

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.   -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Having the above quote as an ideal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign, name Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in India on 2nd October 2014. The aim is to progress toward a ‘Clean India’ i.e., with proper sanitation, appropriate solid and liquid waste disposal, safe and clean drinking water, by 2019. This is a brilliant step through which many can be benefited in means of sanitation.

The above mentioned are some common pet peeves which all of might experience but had you ever thought about it seriously? If not so think on it and act wisely.

Another quote by Gandhiji where he says,

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

We Indians must always aim at bringing up the nation to its best and work towards it. If you wish to see some transformation and development in our country, you ought to be the initiator. We have upcoming generations to explore our country, is it not our responsibility to safeguard it for them.

Let’s work together and make India a better country.

Published by srinath

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