Thursday, February 3, 2011

Our children deserve a better India

I always remember this sanskrit saying "Yatha raaja, tatha praja" (As the king is so will be his subjects). This might be a very old proverb but I should say it is more relevant in today's scenario than at any other time. Every other minute, there seems to be one scam or another tumbling out of this Government's closet. Values like righteousness, truth, honesty, hard work etc., seem to have got buried in the deepest recesses of the earth.

Many a time, I question myself whether this is the same India where we as students used to read about unity in diversity? Is this the same Bharat where the Vedas were born? Is this the same land where great sages and saints once lived to guide mankind? Most importantly is this the same  land where Lord Krishna once revealed in such beautiful words the Bhagavad Gita - a beacon showing every man the right path to live? 

I feel deeply distressed that our so called elected representatives are busy misusing the mandate given to them by us. When my children read the newspapers they ask me in a matter of fact manner if all the people representing the Government are corrupt? And if they are, why are they not being punished? Now as a parent there are several questions that revolve in my mind. As parents, we try and inculcate the right values in our children right from their impressionable years and follow it ourselves. We encourage them to be truthful and honest all the time. We teach them these values by reading out books like Panchatantra, Ramayana, Mahabharath and so on. We try and teach them about simplicity and austerity by telling them about the life of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda, Gandhiji and so on.

But in the current situation children are old enough to understand what is happening around them. They are more than ever exposed to a world which seems to be contradicting the very values that they are being taught by us. In such a scenario I feel at a loss as to explain to the children why things are so. It comes as no surprise if children have already turned out to be more and more cynical and remain completely unaffected by all the happenings around them, as it seems to have become a daily affair.

It troubles me as to where would all this lead to in future? Is it not a scary scenario? Isn't it a tragedy that our children are growing up in a corrupt India and more dangerously, believing that it's the way of life? Will our future generation be able to uphold the right values?

6 comments:

sheetal said...

cent percent agree with you.
Its very very depressing scenario.
In a day if we handle 10 basic tasks outside just housekeeping, every task is guaranteed to be tension filled, be it paying your property task, driving license or anything as simple as collecting a school application form-just name it- and it has unpleasant interaction guaranteed.

I think what points Bharat swabhiman andolan by Swami ramdev baba has raised will have a great impact on our country, and this is just a revolutionery phase.

I make it a point that my child is tuned in to Sanskar channel, 9pm daily wherein all the reality and history of India is expliained in wonderful manner, where a great intellectual named Rajiv Dixit, elobaorates on Problems of India and also Offers it solutions.
In curent scenario, media being most corrupted, the Sanskar channel, especailly at 9 pm is an ideal ideal watch. becoz it tells you SOLUTIONS to all problems unlike the top rated new chaneels who only load us by just spreading problems news and negativity.

Shobhana Shenoy said...

Hi Sheetal,
Thanks for a very insightful comment. I really hope that the revolution will bring about a positive change.

Yes channels like Sanskar and Astha do help a lot. I guess what you say is true. Instead of watching news channels and getting negative vibes better to atleast watch these enlightening programmes and get positive energy. Agreed,children do need to be starting early in life towards spirituality.

sheetal said...

Hi Shobhana,
The program I mentioned is last about spirituality.
at 9 pm on Sanskar, the broadcasting covers various issues like
health conditions and solutions to indians
why china can afford to sell the goods so cheap-what policies can be implemented by india to compete with it
how a Gantantra is operating and which things can bring change in it

India's history- educational riches of this country and now where do we stand
ans so on and on...Its addictive to tune at 9 pm for my family.

Watch once and share your feedback.Its ideal for all parents to Rather be a part in revolution than just letting it happen and waiting for it.
Thanks

sheetal said...

Hi Shobhana,
The program I mentioned is last about spirituality.
at 9 pm on Sanskar, the broadcasting covers various issues like
health conditions and solutions to indians
why china can afford to sell the goods so cheap-what policies can be implemented by india to compete with it
how a Gantantra is operating and which things can bring change in it

India's history- educational riches of this country and now where do we stand
ans so on and on...Its addictive to tune at 9 pm for my family.

Watch once and share your feedback.Its ideal for all parents to Rather be a part in revolution than just letting it happen and waiting for it.
Thanks

Shobhana Shenoy said...

Hi Sheetal,
Thanks, I will definitely watch the programme and will get back to you.

Dhruv Shenoy said...

Hi Sheetal,
Watched the programme yesterday and you are right it is very good. Would definitely watch it everyday. Worth it.