Sunday, 18 October 2015

“Don't Underestimate the Power of a Common Man in India” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals but because of the inactivities of the good people.” ― Swami Vivekananda

It is wrong to underestimate the power of a common man. In fact, the common man in India is very powerful. If he wants, he can shake the systems and change the governments. If he has the will power, he can fight against any individuals at the top.  There are instances where the common man filed cases against (Public Interest Litigation) top brass and put them behind the bars.

Who is a Common Man?

The meaning of common man in India is the representation of an average Indian. He symbolizes more than one billion Indians and their hopes and aspirations. The eminent cartoonist, R K Laxman coined it. Indian films often associate with the common man to connect with their audiences. They highlight the characters of heroes and heroines with the common man. The viewers enjoy seeing the films as they get into the shoes of their characters and feel that they fought against injustice.

Power of Indian Media

Indian media is very powerful. It can either make or break the governments. It highlights the injustice and irregularities in the systems. In fact, press is the fourth pillar of democracy. The Indian press is very strong where it exposed corruption in higher places; booked the culprits; and brought down the governments. There is an impression that the press gets sold out to some rich and influential individuals in India. It is not correct totally.  In fact, Indian media highlights seriously and sincerely the challenges of the common man to connect with them to bring the social change in India.

Indian democracy may not be as strong as American democracy but it is reasonably strong to check irregularities and corruption. That is the reason why India’s democracy survived many years when democracy failed in some countries ending up with dictatorship.

India Calls for Enlightened Leadership

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Bringing the change within the system is not an easy task. It calls for lots of struggles and sacrifices. You must fight the cause despite threats to your life. You must be passionate about the people and persevere your goals to make things happen in the right direction.

Don’t blame the system. Take action to bring it to the notice of the people. Mobilize their support. You will be surprised about the outcomes. India is a country where Arvind Kejriwal became the Chief Minister of Delhi and it shows the power of the common man.

When you want to bring the change in the system, don’t look for recognition. In contrast, you must look for satisfaction about the difference you make to the society.  India needs enlightened citizens to ensure enlightened leadership. It is possible only through the power of the common man. Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption is a reflection of common man in India. Remember, the common man always wins if he is just and right. If all educated Indians contribute their best, India will become a great country in the world.

Be the Change

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

When Flipkart tried to fool us, one wise man stood up and taught them a lesson. One man can pull a huge mountain, one ordinary man can defeat an entire government, one man can shut down a billion dollar company. Yes, we are talking about the power of a common man – the power in you[1].  The common man can teach lessons to mighty individuals and institutions. He can change the world. One person who can change the world is YOU. Hence, you must take initiative to correct the irregularities and corruption in the system. Voice your views openly. Bring up the challenges in the Indian system such as corruption and irregularities to the forefront of the people. There are several rape incidents, atrocities on women, gender discrimination, honor killings, terrorism, extortions, and accidents that you can highlight to bring it to the notice of the people. Pioneer the social causes and strive for global peace and prosperity. In this way, you can bring the change in the society and the world.  Strengthen your spine. Fight to the finish. Take your battle to your logical end to build a better India and a better world. Jai Hind!

“So long as millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them”. ―Swami Vivekananda


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1 comment:

  1. A very though provoking and inspiring story! You showed your writing abilities to get the message across to the readers.
    It is true that common man in India is very powerful. He can change the governments. And people support such leaders.