The festive season has begun. The shops and markets are brimming with shoppers. But the marketplaces across Bangalore has turned into a big mess. During normal days, shopping is manageable. But during festivals, the place is chock-a-block with hawkers and vehicles. The situation gets worse after the festival. The roads resemble a garbage bin as both sides of the roads are strewn with banana leaves, flowers and other debris. The entire market place with the uncleared garbage adds to the problems of the people visiting the market.
Our streets resemble open gutters at places, representing the state of mind of the people around. All this is taken for granted under the pretext of being ‘public property. If this were the civic sense we maintain, then we need not pressurize children by asking them to “memorize” that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. This should be an in-built instinct like the desire to eat or breathe.
We need to be clean within, before demanding Government action. Government agencies are to assist us, and not perform our roles. It is a pity that they have become like the other people. They drive around the town spilling more than what they carry, spreading the perfume under the brand-name, “Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’. If the people are cleaner, they will have the right to point the role to others. Talking of making Bangalore a Singapore does not make any sense unless you are not aware of cleanliness. Let us pledge this day to keep our surroundings clean. Even if ten people imbibe these values, its worth the writing!