Sunday, 8 January 2012

Definitions: India, I, and Care

Context is decisive.
Meanings of words reside more in the minds.

Since 'India I Care' is a joint responsibility of each and every one of the 1.2 Billion inhabitants of India, it is necessary to create  very simplified definitions of the terms used which make equal sense to people at all levels.

India I Care: How does one define it?
We have always got a  thumping, affirmative response to the question, 'Do you Care for Your Country?', from people at all levels! Very heartening indeed. However, the second question usually evokes uneasy, non convincing responses with the finger pointing at others.

The second question is: 'Then why is our country beset with serious problems like corruption at all levels, fragmented societies, dysfunctional families, disharmony among religions, friction between states, indiscipline on roads, non punctual offices, inefficient services, dirty cities and towns, unhealthy people... The list is long. The linked up article with this cartoon by S Nandakumar in today's Sunday Herald is a good account of one of our issues - law breaking.

                                                             Are we all rule breakers?

Perhaps we have not translated our care into suitable actions. The time is ripe. And hence this movement. 

So, let us create some meaningful definitions.

Three words. India, I and Care.

India ( or, Your Country):

Since my school days I have accumulated a huge amount of information, and knowledge about this vast country. She has history, She has geography, She has culture and diversity. One of the World's oldest civilizations took birth here. All major religions are  being practiced here.Multiple languages are spoken here. India is the World's largest democracy... I can go on and on.. All this information, and descriptions are, perhaps, good for writing an essay for competitive exams.

How will an  illiterate small town citizen describe 'what and where is India?'

a 55 year old, the then 4th std drop out , BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company) lineman, while scratching his head replied: 'How do I know all that sir, I have never traveled beyond my area of work, for me India is where I live! 

And we got a brilliant definition. Practically speaking, each one of us knows that part of our country the best where we physically live! It is here that we understand the real needs of the place and the people around us, and we can actually be of meaningful involvement in solving the issues.

Thus, India (or for that matter, your country) is where you live and work. That is our definition for this movement.


Similarly, we liked the definition of Care as given by a 17 year teenager. He said, 'If I care about some body, I will not be indifferent to that person, I will not cause any harm to him/her, and whatever I do, should make him/her proud of me. Perhaps he had his mother in his mind. But if you replace that person with your country (meaning where you live), the definition fits perfectly well.


Single letter word, but most complex! Every 'I' is different from each other.Bundle of its own strengths, weaknesses, values and beliefs,biases and prejudices, desires and destinations. And yet, without any surprise, all the I's in the World have a common deep rooted desire- to be healthy, happy and successful!

Now using these definitions, check whether, and how much you are really caring 'your India(country)'

Most of us fall in the category of 'India I Don't Care'. Hence the need for this movement.

Come, join by the scores, and get involved in becoming part of the solution.

Next post will define 'Character Bank of India'. Keep visiting. Send your comments. 


1 comment:

  1. Dear Dilipbhai,

    Namaste. I hope that very many people will join this movement and make a difference in our world. I agree that for each person, his or her world is what is local around him/her, but we should think globally and act locally. All of us have the power to make a positive difference in this world, starting with our own self. We can't change others - the change has to come from us. Put others before more today than you did yesterday for others.

    As our forefathers have taught us VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM (the whole world is my family). That is the crux of all learning and a cure for all ills in the world.

    - Divyesh.