26 October, 2020

The Change Corps

Let's show what we, the citizens, can do for India

Indian army helping people during floods
Photograph by AP
The Change Corps
outlookindia.com
2016-08-12T22:02:51+05:30

India is a modern and mature democracy. We are cap­able and creatively blessed. Sure, there has been economic growth over the last two decades that has lifted millions out of poverty and crea­ted enormous wealth. But are we as citizens doing enough? Are we giving back adequately to our country?

We elect a government and expect it to manage every single detail involved in running the country. From iss­ues like securing our borders, providing infrastructure, basic amenities like water, electricity and a clean environment. Whilst what we do best is sit in our living rooms criticising and passing judgement.

But a country cannot spell success without the participation and sacrifice of its people. I don’t think it is fair to expect the government to do it all. It’s now time for us to ponder over the clarion call that John F. Kennedy made to the people of his country in 1961: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

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