Obeying Law - Key to Democracy
We Malayalis blame others for everything. We always tell and believe that politicians and the Government are to be blamed for all the ills of our state. If we have bad roads blame it on the Government. We never take time to think of who is responsible for the road to be like that. May be the landowner nearby did something which made the condition of road bad!
The road in front of my house always gets damaged during monsoon. The reason was that there was no drainage on the sides of the road and the water from the nearby houses flows into the road. The result is that after every monsoon the road gets damaged badly. The Government built a great drainage about 4 years back. But soon the people started dumping waste in the drainage. Come next monsoon and whole of the new drain was clogged with waste dumped by people. Again rainwater starts flowing through the road and people started blaming the Government for not tarring the road.
Now “chicguniya” has taken so many lives and the people are blaming the Government. The people forget to keep their neighborhood clean and blame the Government.
We Malayalis blame the Government for any and everything without first doing our duties as a citizen. Does any one of us can tell boldly that we obey the law? I don’t think anyone of us can say that we never disobeyed. See the list below. I am sure you have done at least 5 of these in your life till now.
- Improperly dumping the waste causing difficulty to the passersby.
- Taking your vehicle through a “one way” road in the opposite direction
- Spitting on the road
- Even worse, spitting from a moving bus
- Not obeying traffic rules.
- Smoking in public places.
- Giving little or no respect to law enforcing agencies
- Traveling without a ticket in a train/bus
- Using “influence” to get something done.
- Entering the railway station without taking a platform ticket.
- Not allowing the elderly and handicapped people use the seats reserved for them in the buses.
- Copying in the exams
- When buying land, showing less worth for the land to avoid paying taxes to the Government.
- Not reporting malfunctioning of the electric meter to the Government
- Using tap water meant for drinking purposes for irrigation and other purposes.
- Urinating in public places.
- Purchasing from shops without bill so that you don’t have to pay the sales tax.
- Not declaring all the articles you are carrying to avoid paying customs duty while going from abroad.
- Traveling on the footboard of a bus.
- Showing least respect and consideration for employees working under you.
- Sticking posters in signboards and other places where you are not supposed to stick anything.
- Parking vehicles at "No Parking" areas.
List goes on and on. Readers, You are welcome to add more to this list.
There is a proverb in Malayalam. “aathiyam swayam nannavukka. Enittu baaki ullavare nannakukka”(First you be good; then try to make others good).
It is high time each malayali try obeys the law of the land. If that happens then there is no need to complain about the others, as they will also be obeying the law. I know it is easy to tell but its never going to happen. At least if I make 1 malayali realize that he/she is doing a lot of things knowingly or unknowingly which breaks the law I have succeeded with this post.
OBEYING THE LAW IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN DEMOCRACY