Over a cup of evening Tea
By Dr. K. Javeed Nayeem
As a nation we are in the midst of a much- publicised cleanliness campaign launched and promoted by none other than the Prime Minister himself. Its catch phrase: ‘Swachh Bharat-Swasthya Bharat’ is indeed very simple and yet very catchy, with a message and a promise that even a child cannot miss. If implemented effectively, it is one campaign that may bring about the change that we are all dying to see in the face of our country before the time comes for us to die.
In a country where progress and urbanisation have also come to mean being perpetually drowned in filth and garbage, anything that is planned and executed effectively to keep our environment clean is a welcome move. As far as our city is concerned campaigns like these are almost always formally launched with much fanfare and publicity in front of the North Gate of the Mysore Palace where the Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple stands. Whether it is a campaign to have a plastic-free city, a beggar-free city, a noise-free city, a hoarding-free city or a crime-free city, the take off is always from here.
Every few days we see something being launched from this now very familiar launch pad but we do not see anything happening beyond a stone’s throw from where it stands. If you take stock carefully you will find that almost every one of our much-publicised improvement initiatives halts at ‘Dodda Gadiyara,’ our famous, century-old clock tower, exactly a hundred metres away. That is where the team spirit fizzles out, that is where the march stops, that is where we discreetly say our goodbyes, one by one to our fellow campaigners and that is where we leave the purpose of our morning meet behind to its fate and head home for our daily grind or our week-end rest, if our auspicious day happens to be a Sunday.
The next day we eagerly grab the morning newspapers to see how well the event has been covered and also to check wh...more