The monsoon is here and it is pouring cats and dogs. The roads are choked. The traffic is crawling. Trains have been interrupted and there is water logging everywhere. Everyone is badly impacted. Whom do I blame ? We want to blame the state government in power ? We want to blame the city local body ? We want to blame the central government and so on.
The local body, state and central government have to take responsibility for the state of roads and monsoon preparedness in general. There is no doubt about it in my mind. But, how about blaming myself for this state of affairs, at least partially ?
While it is fashionable for everyone especially the elite to blame the state and everyone else, we refuse to look within us. I was reflecting on this question today morning and thought about the following :
Why does my milkman, who is 75 years old not complain of rain and deliver milk without fail at 530 am every day ?
Why does my newspaper boy deliver my newspaper at 7 am every day even in this heavy rain ?
Why do my maid and driver not bunk their work and report regularly every day ?
All the above people come from the lower strata of society but do not shirk their responsibility by blaming the environment or the state while discharging their duties. Why do I want to blame everyone around me except myself ? What can I contribute to prevent this in the future. I have ten ideas to share and I commit I will personally try to follow the same.
A. Prevent the use of plastic and disposal of waste over drains in office and at home near my neighbourhood
B. Segregate waste into organic and inorganic and ensure safe disposal.
C. Ensure rain water harvesting is done sincerely in my community
D. Ensure storm water drains are clear and cleaned before the monsoon in my community and at my workplace
E. Report manholes and water logging to the municipal authorities in time
F. Ensure that everyone around us uses dustbins in public places
G. Carry cotton bags for all types of shopping
H. Recycle everything possible at home and at work
I. Dispose of e waste appropriately in designated places
J. Take responsibility for my community and my workplace for all of the above.
If you agree, like my post and say yes. Your ideas can add to mine too and will useful to all of us.
Enjoy the rains and let us inculcate a habit of “I can” contribute to changing the environment rather than blaming and cribbing at all times.
S Ramesh Shankar
10th July 2018