Responsibility is an individual, social or moral force that binds someone to the extent or courses of action demanded by that force. It’s an acceptance of responsibility that separates an adult from a child. Have you ever thought why parents are keen to instill the sense of responsibility in their growing children? Because it is the sense of responsibility that makes them conscientious and accountable of their actions.
But are we Indians really mature enough to be responsible? Do we have that sense of responsibility or we are in the habit of making excuses and evading Responsibility.
Someone has said ‘every right implies a responsibility.’ Today, if I look around I find that people are more interested in their rights rather than their duties. In progressive India it’s good to see that people are aware of their fundamental rights and they are learning how to raise their voice to get these fulfilled. But, on the other hand it’s very strange to see that when it is about their duties they simply break away from. We want neat and clean roads but unashamedly litter them because cleaning is others’ job. How many of us wait calmly for our turn while standing in a queue and don’t want to jump it? How many of us let the pedestrians cross the road without honking as if they have no right to be on the road? How many of us deliberately come forward to help the needy and don’t want to escape without botheration? In the words of Pearl buck-“We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, Duty. It is the other side of rights.” Today, the leading danger to our democracy is that people don’t want to bear their share of responsibility.
How many of us seriously bother about corruption, poverty, children safety, global warming, pollution, water crisis, increasing terrorism and the list goes on. The answer sordidly disappoints me because, we think it is someone else’s job or many of us prefer to blame government, system, police, or someone else for this. But, we hardly think that people working in these institutions are from us only, so they are not different hence the problem goes on. They make use of their powers for their own welfare and blatantly ignore their duties towards the nation, society or the institution. Recent impressive list of scams is the result of irresponsible behaviour of the officers associated. Whether it is 2G spectrum scam or CWG scam or Adarsh society scam or name any other, in every case one thing is common i.e. negligence of duties for own benefits. Some one rightly said, “The great power comes with greater responsibility.” Unfortunately now days the powerful seldom try to balance power and responsibility.
So, I believe it’s high time to introspect. If we want to live in a better world we should consider that we are always responsible for these four things-
- Our outlook
- Our preferences
- Our proceedings and;
- The consequences of our outlook, preferences and course of actions.
And then we may come close to understand “R for responsibility”.