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Gurgaon Speaks
Nisha Singh
If there's no giver there will be no taker 05 December, 2011
Only supporting Anna may not be enough. MCG Councillor turns citizen journalist recounts her experiences while dealing with people of Gurgaon.

THE OTHER day a retired senior officer came to get some documents attested from me. He was prim and proper, had taken prior appointment and had got his relevant ID proofs. But when I looked at the papers, I realised that the documents that he wanted me to attest were not his but his daughter's. And our dear officer did not have a single document establishing a father-daughter relationship.

This is not a one-off incident. I encounter such requests all the time, and what pains me most is that many people consider it their right to get any document signed because I will not lose anything personally. Even better reason cited is that they voted for me - and so now have the right to get wrong documents signed to avail of benefits such as BPL card, old-age pension, and BC certificate, etc.

On one hand, we the great middle class laud (and for a change this time, actually participated in) movements like that of Anna. But when it comes to simple day-to-day matters, we behave in a manner that is contradictory to all the principles that we want others to follow and that we try to teach our children.

The change we are seeking will not come by only wearing 'I'm Anna' caps and T-shirts. Nor will it come through the Jan Lokpal Bill (as we learnt in secondary school maths, it's necessary but not sufficient). We all will need to make a change in the way we approach things at most basic level. Only when there is no 'giver', will we get rid of the 'takers'.

About The Author
Ms. Nisha Singh , an MBA from the London School of Business, is the MCG councillor for ward NO.30 gurgaon. She is actively working towards the development of the city by getting the civic authorities to do their job in clean and effective manner.
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