Unclean India

I am ashamed to say that we Indians have no civic sense, responsibility or duty towards society. It is beyond my thinking how even so called ‘educated’ people can be so ignorant or probably they choose to be ignorant.

The other day I was told by someone who landed at Mumbai international airport, how Indians pounced upon a trail of trolleys coming their way, just to be the first in race to collect baggage.

There are many fronts where we behave worse than animals but today I am talking about only cleanliness & hygiene which is foremost challenge for us.

ship at Juhu beach @lemonicks.com

The picture says it all !

It’s a common sight to see people driving a BMW or a Merc and throwing a bottle, empty packet of chips or a cigarette out of its window. How many times have we seen a college student opening a candy, popping it in & throwing the wrapper in air, without even looking for a trash can? Not only on the road, these things can be seen scattered everywhere including trains & buses.

Peeing on roadsides is considered Indian men’s birthright. I do not even want to mention about the condition of our public toilets. You don’t have to look for a sign board, the stink will guide you.
Once in Delhi Metro, a kid wanted to pee… his mother guided him to a corner near the door and lo ! He did it. When confronted, she and surprisingly the whole lot of people supported the act. They even argued & fought with the person who confronted her. ‘Baccha hai‘ mentality. This shameful behaviour is inherent in us.

Do you see any future of clean civilized India?
I don’t. Not in my life.
Obviously, this kind of uncivilized behaviour leaves most of us reluctant to even say that we are Indians.

These days Mumbai is driving a ‘Fight the filth‘ movement but I see no success in long run unless people change their attitude towards it.
A few days back an unmanned ship had created a havoc at Juhu beach. In spite of total traffic jams, thousands of people were converging daily to see it. The public had become over enthusiastic and the ship was like an alien to them. People had no qualms in contributing towards making the place more dirty and unsafe.

ship at Juhu beach @lemonicks.com

Collecting trash.

The filth was so much that ill-equipped cleaners had difficult time to clean the beach. After a point they also gave up.

ship at Juhu beach @lemonicks.com

The beach area near the ship was barricaded with policemen & lifeguards on duty.

Security at the beach had been beefed up many folds. Why? People wanted to go up the ship ! The area near the ship was barricaded and life guards were positioned near the ship. Once in a while I could also see helicopters hovering the place.

The half an hour we were there, it was more than what we could absorb.

ship at Juhu beach @lemonicks.com

Policemen & life guards sitting amid filth.

At the food court, plastic plates, glasses, tissues were strewn everywhere. The limited no. of trash cans were dying under the load. Rains placed icing on this cake.

ship at Juhu beach @lemonicks.com

View from food court. Don’t ask me how unhygienic food could be.

Can we do something about it ?
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13 thoughts on “Unclean India

  1. A sobering post indeed!!! Not just for India- but many different countries and peoples. I think you hit the nail on the head when you point to a need for ‘attitude’ change- it is true- until attitudes change things will not change…there has to be a change of thinking.

  2. agree with each and every point u mentioned. its indeed a shame. the frustrating thing is that there is not much that we can do abt it, other than bring this topic as much as we can 🙁

    and yeah … ur first pic does say it all

  3. Absolutely agree with you… and cant see any change happening in my lifetime at least! looking at it from another perspective, what really irritates me is what u mentioned first – people throwing trash from cars.. these are educated people, who would never behave like this anywhere else in the world.
    These are people who talk about how clean and wonderful Singapore or other cities are, and then proceed to dirty our roads and public spaces simply because there is no one stopping them! Educated people should not need policing every time.
    i have travelled by second class in trains all my life, but these days it is dirtier than ever! as to the three tier ac, it is supposed to be for the richer people, but even they dont have any sense of hygiene, and throw things all over the place….it is easy to blame the authorities… yes, they are supposed to clean up, yes, they are supposed to maintain our spaces, but dont we have a responsibility to keep our area clean?

  4. Nisha,

    I agree completely with you. Nothing will change unless we ourselves change our attitudes. The other day, a new channel was going gaga over how the drains were clogged with plastic and other stuff in the rains and how the BMC was doing nothing about it. Why is only the BMC supposed to do all the cleaning?? Who threw the plastic in the drain in the first place??

    There is a bin placed right opposite the gate of my building, but yet noone throws the trash in the bin. People aim at the bin from far off and most of them often miss their aim.

  5. Hmm..true!! but the cold irony is that the same Indians who litter around in their home country, when they go abroad they are so ‘neat’. (including me. When I am in India at times I throw away a chocolate cover on the road..Its like a very normal thing for me. But when I am outside I search for a dust bin, if I don’t find I keep it in my bag till I find a bin! Same with most Indians!!

  6. It probably also goes with the fact India is a very populated country and poverty is still a huge issue…

    canada is super clean, especially compared to Paris for instance. In China, streets are usually clean even though the country is polluted.

  7. Ismein koyi do rai nahin ki humara civic sense behad kharab. Waise apne ghar ko saaf suthra rakhne mein to hum kayi deshon se aage honge par apne gali mohallon ki mein panapti gandagi ko bardasht karne aur badhane ke liye hum mentally equipped ho gaye hain.

    doosre waste disposal system bhi non existant hai humare yahan. Kabhi door door tak dustbin najin milega aur public toilet to kasbon aur gavon mein apvaad swaroop hi nazar aate hain.

  8. Sad truth! There used to be an ad shown before movies featuring a family throwing waste thoughtlessly and finding all of it at their home when they return, and concluded by Sharukh Khan exhorting to behave sensibly. But I don’t think it made any difference. Otherwise, why would mulitplex corridors have the sign “Do not spit?”

    The only long-term solution, I think, is to create awareness among kids, who then grow up with better civic sense. But who will do this?

  9. The claen habits of Indians are legendary. It is not just Indians in India, but even Indians abroad who have no sense of cleanliness or hygiene.

  10. Yes, we can do something about it.. such as not littering ourselves and educating our family and friends if they do it. If everyone does that it will make a difference.

  11. When it comes to cleanliness in and around, we are very casual and believe in sab chalta hai. We are not concerned as long as our own house is clean.These are the basic requirement which should come from our heart.

  12. I am so glad you posted this. Indians truly lack respect for whats not there’s. Homes will be kept spick and span, but garbage will be dumped on the very road outside. The same Indians who spit on roads will pick up their dogs poop with gloves when they are abroad. If educated Indians behave as badly as they do, can we really expect the uneducated to behave any better!

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