Democracy has never been the word of today’s politics indeed a word that has made history where Shri Bal Gangadhar Tilak quoted “Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it”. The constitution of India enhanced and proved the democratic environment of the country. The seven fundamental rights were given to the people to practice democracy in the right direction. But unfortunately people in the country have not understood the meaning of them with the application. Right to do whatever you want is democracy for most of the people in India. The right to criticize, right to divide, right to destroy, right to justify and the list is endless with all the rights.
Now the time is here to understand the implications of these rights that have been set by us which should make us realize that there is nothing that we are going to leave for the coming generations. The facts about the increase in pollution are evident in the report of WHO which reveals that 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India.
Another man made pollution addition is depicted by soaring figures of smokers in India with 110 million, compared to just 74.5 million smokers over three decades back, despite all the anti-tobacco and smoke-free laws made in the country. Another freedom has been seen with natural disaster by earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruption, landslide, hurricanes etc. where the onus lies on us for all the creative disasters by playing with nature.
It is not just playing with the environment but playing with each other as well. The question is who would take the responsibility of all these things you, me, government, system. Ideally if we look at it no one would. So the prime responsibility lies on each one of us to make sure that we contribute constructively rather than destructively toward it. If we look at the corporates they have started doing their work with Corporate Social Responsibility being put into action. Now the turn is ours where each one of us will have to focus on Individual Social Responsibility or Consumer Social Responsibility to mark our contribution in right direction the ways it’s implemented in the west. The Americans boycotted the world famous brands like Nike, Adidas, by exercising their right in the correction direction whereas the story is different in our country.
Let us get together and refine the statement of Democracy for all of us so that the right becomes right and not wrong for a better future, nation, world, universe and earth.