A simple, fervent prayer for my Republic!
Where the mind is without fear,
Where women are not abused (physically and emotionally) but are respected and empowered,
Where garbage is responsibly disposed and recycled,
Where people obey traffic rules – wear seatbelts, helmets, give way to pedestrians, don’t honk and don’t speak on their mobile phones while driving,
Where people don’t drink and drive
Where people don’t watch pirated movies,
Where people know their own elected representatives (panchayat members, councillors, MLAs, MPs) by first name, have access to their mobile numbers and demand accountability,
Where human Life, and sentiment, is valued more than community, caste and religion,
Where clean professionals like you and me are willing to enter the mainstream of governance – executive, judiciary and legislature,
Where eco-consciousness is a responsibility and not just an idea,
into that very practical, possible, realistic realm, O! Mother India, may you arise!
* If you like it, please feel free to fill in the blanks by adding your aspirations to the prayer as comments to this post
** With much respect and heartfelt gratitude to Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi and to all those who soldier on, dutifully, despite the odds, so that we can post “Happy Republic Day” on social media today!
*** I don’t know the name of any of my elected representatives and I know that’s a crying shame!