Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fundamental Duties - This is what we need to do

Recently heard Dr.Karan Singh speaking about the present Indian society. He said that an Indian citizen should do his fundamental duties as specified in our constitution. Asking for fundamental rights and making other demands is valid only if one does his fundamental duties.
The Constitution says this on Fundamental Duties.

It shall be the duty of every citizens of India-
(a) to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem;
(b) to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom;
(c) to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India;
(d) to defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so;
(e) to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women;
(f) to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;
(g) to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures;
(h) to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;
(i) to safeguard public property and to abjure violence;
(j) to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement.

I feel that I am doing all my fundamental duties listed above, except perhaps point b). Though most of the ideals are fine for me with regard to our freedom struggle, there are some things which I dislike.


Destination Infinity said...

Interesting list of fundamental duties... I guess a large portion of the nation is not following any of the above points but only stands in queue to get the freebies and tax concessions offered by the Govt. Its very difficult to convince them that common good is also ones personal good.

Destination Infinity

Kirtivasan said...

Thanks Destination Infinity for your valuable comments.
Yeah large queues for limited things is a practical phenomenon.
However the biggest problem is the greed of people and selfishness. Energy is not yet a big problem.

Kirtivasan said...

One must follow the fundamental duties before demanding from government.
But at the same time ministries should give clear guidelines of work.
Eg. "Only ISI products accepted".
It is the endeavour of Congress committee to ensure that clear guidelines are there. However political coalition sabotages good intentions.

Kirtivasan said...

Police should work and take pride in their duty. This is the only way out.
Making the police strong will bring peace for India as it brought peace in Punjab in no time !! Amazingly quick peace !!