I might be writing this a little belatedly as the ‘event’ took place on August 5th 2007, but I wanted to put my heart and soul into this and had hence taken my time.
5th of August, Sunday, was a great day for me, and it all started while I was having my shower (dont smirk, this is serious), fortunately I did not jump out crying ‘Eureka’ but was almost close to it! If you are thinking what happened? well an Idea hit me and the next thing I knew was that I was expressing it to my wife Viji, who was as excited as I was upon hearing the same. Ok Ok I will come to the subject.
Just think, not a day goes without us expressing displeasure or criticising the system or Government, like hygeine, Bureaucracy etc. But “have we taken the initative and done somehting about this”? The most probable answer is ‘No’. This two letter word does make a lot of differnce!
At the same time I remembered our ex-president Mr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam and wondered who would take his legacy forward, a sudden surge of energy hit me like lightening. The thought process had already begun in me and I decided that instead of waiting for things to change, or for some one to bring about a change, why not initiate it myself.
In continuation of this I called around thirty of my friends and asked them to spare an hour of thier Sunday. All I said was that I needed them for a good cause, to my surprise every single one of them turned up and this lifted my spirit. They all had either cancelled or postponed their Sunday appointments for me!
This single act alone showed THE POSTIVE ATTITUDE IN TODAYS GENERATION BUT THE LACK OF MEANS TO EXPRESS THE SAME. Their presence itself provided me the drive to start this revolution. A revolution which is neutral to religion, place and time.
Coming to the meeting, it started well and on-time(a rarity in today’s circumstances). The small confernece room at INXS prooved to be a comfortable zone for all my friends( I also knew that some thought the entire meeting was for a multilevel marketing that I required, but they were all in for a sweet surprise).
Well with this small group, the motive was established, a motive to bring about awareness in every Indian about the division between haves and haves not (believe me even today this gap is still huge as much as it was few years ago when we learnt about it in our civic lessons!) and to bridge this gap. The only means to bridge this gap is through education and education for all. I put forth the same to my group and reiterated that everyone who had to ability to contibute should do so but not necessarily in the form of money,as it might not be practical and justifiable. Instead he/she could pick up one kid in his close surroundings, be it his/her maid’s or drivers child, should take the responsibility of the Kid as his own and do everything in his strength to see that he/she gets good education and all the means for achieving same. This problem (lack of education) might not be solved immediately by the group but would definetly make a difference over a period of time. Hence ‘VISION 2010 INDIA’ was formed in the small conference room of INXS.
This group would operate from the net. I am sure youngsters who spend major part of their day on social networking can afford to spend one hour of their time to a noble cause and to their community, to this site
-this is one way of spreading this awareness program, and I am sure many in the group have their own concept and idea of spreading awareness.
One led to the other, and we decided that the members of the community should start disciplining themselves first and try to preach others to become disciplined citizens of this country which is but a simple task. I
If there is a community or forum, there are bound to be rules, the rules I requested the group to follow were something on these lines:
– To put the garbage in the garbage cans (not around it!)
– To obey traffic rules
– To save trees
-Say no to corruption (in any form)
Imagine a situation where would have 2 million members over a period of time and all the members follow the rule of educating one kid! I am sure it will be the start of a great revoilution.
I am sure everyone of you reading this blog will help in building this ‘responsible citizen community’. I require all your support.
Very shortly I should be posting the site ID to all of you…Look out for the same!