We always blame the system as faulty, politicians as corrupt, governments are irresponsible and many other accusations. Shouldnt we ask also to ourselves, whether we are honest to our republic, whether we displayed responsibility and realize the sense of accountability?
When we bribe a TTE, a traffic man or some clerks are we not bribing ourselves and violating constitutional spirit? If we pay Rs 100 to a traffic-man for violation of rule, which official fine is Rs 200, isnt it meaning that while bribing that man Rs 100, we too bribe ourselves Rs 100? When we pay some money for a seat ahead of a deserving person or move a file by money power sabotaging others right, arent we subverting the constitutional tenets?
When we vote for cash and kind, or vote in a biased manner considering as part of community (caste, religion or race), arent we misusing the constitutional right. Arent we always ignoring our fundamental duty to the nation abrading possibly personal selfish interest?
Arent we too corrupt? We remain silent and mute observer till our selfish interest is fulfilled and only cream when we fail to auction a favor for our self? Discriminations (starting from gender to race, caste etc) and crimes (from petty to heinous rape) are happening around us. We simply held government and police responsible. But isnt we have a participatory role their? Isnt as a member of society we need to force the society for required changes. Arent we avoiding being witness of a crime or oppression?
In a democracy, public is the master. The politicians, police, bureaucrats and every other comes from our society. If we remain dishonest, unaccountable and irresponsible, then definitely we will get our governments corrupt, arrogant and insensitive. If we are the master of this democracy, we need to make ourselves deserving to be in a democracy.
Thus lets dont consider the republic day as an ordinary Sunday or holiday. Its a national holiday and we should keep quiet for some time, gave a deep thought on self performance as a citizen, do an assessment how we disbursed our national obligations, find out what are our mistakes and the ways and methods how to rectify it!
It must be remembered that a democracy can be better, if its citizen are better. A Chinese pro-verve rightly says that goat like people gets wolf like rulers. The day the citizen became responsible, accountable and self conscious, and then the polity has to change automatically. If we dont do our duty how can we expect our (public) representative and (public) servants serve the nation? They will just do what their masters do!
Thus we need to introspect ourselves as franchise and stakes holder of the nation. Before pointing finger to others, lets put ourselves in the scrutiny. There are many holidays for our entertainment. But lets use this national holiday for our self introspection. If we can correct ourselves to some extent, the national polity would be corrected large extent.
I am going to observe this day as an assessment day for myself on my citizen responsibility. Are you ready to do yours?