What did you do?

Please spare 9 minutes to watch this thought-provoking video.

What have you done on the various occasions when you saw somebody doing something that you thought was wrong?

On each occasion, did you do whatever you think you should have done?

Did you do whatever you think you should have done on some occasions, but not on other occasions? Why the difference in response?

Happy Independence Day! Mother India‚Äôs message to every Indian

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda. (Prompt: It is the night of August 14th. You are sleeping peacefully until a lady, who identifies herself by the name of Mother India, wakes you up and starts talking. What does she talk to you?)

I am Mother India. You, my child, are an Indian. Your name, age, gender, religion, caste, economic status, educational background, profession, place of residence, etc. are not important.

Tomorrow is my 68th birthday. I am grateful that you celebrate my birthday every year. However, I want to speak to you about the remaining 364 days of every year (365 days if it is a leap year). Please spare a few minutes to listen to me.

I know you are proud to be an Indian, but you must be aware there are many aspects of life in India that need improvement or correction. If these aspects of life are changed for the better, life in India will improve, not only for you, but also for all your fellow-citizens, particularly those who are less privileged than you.

In almost all matters, you have not created the problem.

But, in almost all matters, you are partly responsible for keeping the problem alive because you are, knowingly or unknowingly, willingly or unwillingly, a perpetrator, participant, beneficiary, victim, or bystander.

Since you are partly responsible for these problems being kept alive, you share the responsibility to solve these problems.
Others share the responsibility, maybe more so, for solving these problems.
But, you should not wait for others to act.
You should start contributing to solutions to these problems.
Hopefully, others will do the same. If not, you must try to make them do so.
If many persons start contributing to solutions to these problems, each in her/his own way, these problems will be resolved or reduced.
This is not easy. It will take a lot of time and effort, and there will be many obstacles to overcome.
But, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
So, please start with a single step.
You must be proactive.
You must be a proactive Indian!