An Old couple lose their son. They fight to get justice and end up taking Law into their own hands. They try to win by staying in the system, but they ought to take the system on since it’s keeping them out of it how much ever they belong to it. (viruddh)
A conscientious young lad wants people of this country to follow the rules that are there. He wants everybody to do their duty properly and in the spirit in which it ought to be done. He goes about killing the people who don’t follow the system. (anniyan)
The system is the problem.
System is a word that as soon as I hear I realize that it ain’t related to me. I somehow don’t own the word. Can we say the same about words like ‘family’, ‘brother’, etc. ? Why? Why don’t I want to own the word? Simply because there is a responsibility that I openly take up to answer millions of people who have thousands of questions against the system. I don’t want to take up the responsibility and probably I am also guilty of having corrupted the system somewhere.
The system is built up of people whom I have voted for. It’s not always possible that whoever I voted for, lost. So, the people up there are my representatives. If I don’t believe in them, then I have two options:
- Make them more accountable. Go to them and demand solutions. (I still trust them)
- Ask them to step down, and get a more effective person instead or I stand up instead of them. (I have lost my trust in them)
This is an approach where we are trying to propose a change from the top. There are many more options. Lets look at a few of them.
Everybody in this country wants to do something. There’s this attitude of “Mujhe kuch karna hai” in each and everyone. How do we make use of it? Well, if there is a doubt whether that basic feeling exists in everybody begin by asking yourself. I am sure you will find the answer. How do we harness this energy in the direction all of us want but are not sure whether we will reach the destination? We need to start doing it to know. Prediction of the future is not as useful as exploring and moulding our way through it.
It’s not all that tough you know. The problem is in the fact that each of us wants to do something in the area of our concern. Fine. Let’s do it. We always ask this highly responsibility-shrugging kind of question,”How does it matter if I alone do my duty?”. We need to start from somewhere and we shall start from ourselves. No, not because it’s the right point to start with, just that it’s the easiest point to start from. Come to think of it, I don’t know which is the right starting point! If you know, let me know.
When I was a kid, my parents taught me “Vishnu Sahasranamam” – the
thousand names of Lord Vishnu. I would never take up the initiative to
start the recitation of those 108 slokas. It was a regular feature during our
evenings after dinner, before going to sleep. I would hate
my father for pestering me to sit through the recitation. But you know
one thing, I learnt the entire sloka by heart. I can today just reel out the
entire sloka from my memory. Today I realise the value of the sloka. It can
bring so much of calmness to your personality and keep out certain unwanted things from your mind. That apart, if I had started to learn the sloka after realising that it can bring me peace of mind, then it would have been very tough. But since I had already learnt it, I started saying it daily and today it’s again a regular feature in my day. This time, no outside pressure. And I can feel the enhancement in my daily being. Thanks to my parents!
So, the point is: Starting point is where we define it to be. Since we are defining the entire process ourselves we can start from where we want to. We want to cleanse the system. And as I said, each of us wants to do it in our own areas. Let’s begin the change. All we need to do is do our duties as a professional, family roles (son, father, brother, uncle, etc.) and citizen to perfection. It’s not possible to attain perfection alone. Perfection is teamwork. All of us can do it if we decide to.
It’s my dream to see this country be a developed country before I go to the next world. And I need your help, each one of you, in making my dream a reality. I am sure we can do it.
Tomorrow: Holistic development of the human personality