I am talking about initiatives like Earth Hour, Aman ki Asha etc.. I just don’t get the purpose of these initiative in India.. I noticed hordes of people following this blindly just for the sake of it.. (or some even genuinely) but I am not sure if they understand the reason behind this?
Okay, let’s get to the basics now..
Earth Hour is basically to save as much as electricity in a hour.. or in other words, it’s an initiative to save the climate change.. Okay, I agree it’s a good cause but how well can we apply this to India?
Do we have regular power and water supply at the first place? (Which I feel is necessity for the living) Don’t you think we should fight for that first? We are paying taxes to Government on time, we are paying our bills on time then why we are not getting the basic services?
In other countries like Australia, US, UK etc.. they have all these basic facilities provided by the government and they can afford to take part in these kind of initiatives.. but we certainly cannot..
Even after paying approximately Rs. 10,000 electricity bill per month, I get random power cut atleast twice in a week.. Thankfully, in our area, Load shedding has stopped since past few months.. (It used to be daily 2-4 hours), the power companies increase their rates at almost every 6 months.. The government is not aggressive in making people aware about other sources of power.. (Solar, Wind etc..) The water supply is not 24 hours, due to negligence of government authority, millions of liters of water gets wasted.. and in the end.. we face water cuts..
This was just about Mumbai, I am sure other cities and states are also facing similar issues..
So why not work towards that rather than following the crowd? We should do something about our country and then worry about others..
We have actually habit of following others blindly, another such example would be Aman ki Asha campaign.. according to me, it was one of the worst campaign I have ever came across..
At one end, militants in Pakistan making Anti India statements, the Pakistan government officials not taking action against them.. and we are working out on so called “Aman ki Aasha"?
Okay, let’s leave Pakistan aside, we won’t ever understand these political things.. Let’s talk about issues in our country first…
We see, fights on the name of language and religions going around in many states.. the government is doing almost nothing to control that.. At one end, the Congress government calls itself as secular and in the other end, they approve quotas for minority..
We don’t want to look at our own issues and we want to build bridges of peace between 2 countries..
We should actually start fixing our own system first before trying to fix something else.. Developed countries have done all that, citizens get all the basic necessities there, so they can afford this kind of initiatives.. but we certainly cannot..
We just need to wake up and smell the coffee..
Satya Vachan Maharaj !!
A fair point. First of all I submit that to whatever drive some people start, 90% among the followers are not giving even an iota of the thought to “Why should I follow this.”
Now coming to the first issue in your post, I would emphasis that there are some concrete reasons we should celebrate the Earth Hour every year.
1. The celebration of earth hour is to put the thought in one’s mind that we should not only save the electricity but should make all efforts to protect (or rather not to spoil) the environment. It psychologically implants a thought in one’s mind (if one follows it after understanding its cause) that it should be the practice woven in our daily life to help environment. There is no less than 100% truth in the advocacy that if we do not stop spoiling the environment, the future generations will suffer a lot and there is a greater probability that the cycle of global warming and the ice age will become speedy.
2. One should not forget that the global warming and the Ice age are the two states of the earth occurring in a cycle without fail, but the way we are exploiting the resources will make the cycle speedy; nothing more nothing less.
3. I am sure the above first point also addresses to the argument why, in India, we should observe the Earth hour when we are deprived of sufficient supply of the electricity. It is just like, we eat the cake every other day but the cake of our own birthday has some special value. Just like that earth hour is a process to send a signal to our mind that we should live in an environment friendly way.
The above three points are meaningful if and only if we join the earth hour after understanding it and not simply follow it blindly like we rush to Saibaba every Thursday, Sanishwar every Saturday.
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I will agree, following such small issues don’t matter as much, as much we need to fix bigger problems. Just came back paying BSNL bills, looking at the rush & crowd i think the biggest problem India has is population, may be corruption is close second.
Everywhere you go you see people, lots of them. Every sort & scale of effort be it govt or individual effort is so hard to implement for such a big pool of people. Developed countries are so blessed in that aspect, plus they learnt to make fewer babies years ago, and everyone doesn’t have to marry & reproduce as we are forced to here.
Aagar mujhe shadi nahin karna hai toh leave me alone na, but no, family, friends, relatives all will make it their sole goal of life & will not rest until you get married & are blessed with kids enough to have your own home based cricket team.
Still holding on hope for things to improve[slowly], doing whatever possible with own abilities 🙂
Correct. Came here from amit’s blog.
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