Tuesday, 2 September 2014

WE-POWER

India is the land of  'Unity In Diversity'.

We are very proud of this trait of India.

However, this Unity is sadly conspicuous by its absence when serious incidents occur e.g. a girl getting misbehaved... 
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Here, one person may not dare to be Superman or Superwoman and help the girl.
But, if 2-3 people or a bigger group goes to help, then they can definitely stop the crime. The goon(s) will be fearful & can be outnumbered.

After all, 'Unity is Strength.'

I shared my views in my previous post- India Needs Bravehearts

Fellow-Blogger Sindhu Devi K opined- "How sad that most of us haven't realised the power of 'we'..."

The power of WE can indeed help us & can protect our Country.
WE-POWER is much needed...


Recently, there was an incident in Perth, Australia that demonstrated the People-Power or WE-POWER.

A man's leg was trapped between the carriage and platform in a Railway Station.

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An Australian man's leg was trapped in the gap. Photograph: Nicolas Taylor/Twitter/AAP

The fellow-passengers united together and pushed the train. Together they succeeded in tilting the train to free the man...
Commuters in Perth, Australia tilt a train to free a man; Source

In India, there is this brillaint ad-campaign- 'Tum chalo to Hindustan chale' (If you walk, then Hindustan walks). In the ad, there is a traffic-jam on the road as a big tree has fallen in the rains. Then, a small boy drops his schoolbag & attempts to push the tree that has caused traffic-jam. Seeing his efforts aiming to remove the tree from the road, the public starts joining him to push the log, instead of being just silent onlookers. Many chip in despite getting wet that rainy day & together they succeed in removing the log from the road...
"United We Stand."

Many don't come to the aid of a victim or patient on the road or in public-place fearing police-cases.

Now sharing this information-

Did you know that our Supreme Court now has a law for Good-Samaritans in place?

As per our Supreme Court announcement, any person who is a victim of road accident, can be taken to a nearby hospital immediately. No need to fear any legal hassles as hospitals must not ask for any police report/complaint to admit the victim as it is their duty to admit. Police can be informed later.

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The next time, let us NOT leave a victim unattended.
Timely help can make the difference between life & death... 

Quoting some inspiring lines from the About Me section of fellow-Blogger- Proactive Indian-
 
"Since I am partly responsible for these problems being kept alive, I share the responsibility to solve these problems.
Others share the responsibility, maybe more so, for solving these problems.
But, I will not wait for others to act.
I will start contributing to solutions to these problems.
Hopefully, others will do the same. If not, I’ll try to make them do so.
If many persons start contributing to solutions to these problems, each in her/his own way, these problems will be resolved or reduced.
This is not easy. It will take a lot of time and effort, and there will be many obstacles to overcome.
But, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
So, I’ll start with a single step.
I’ll be proactive.
I’ll be a proactive Indian.
"

Hope we are all PROACTIVE.
So PROACTIVE that we can STOP/REDUCE what is REACTIVE viz. Candle-March...

Indispire Edition 28: “People conveniently ignore a girl in distress or an accident victim on the road, but would enthusiastically march with candles in hand for a cause. Why?”
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70 comments:

  1. Understanding the power of "WE" is of utmost importance..for only WE can make our world a better place ...

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    1. Yes Mani. We are the world, we make the world....

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  2. A thought provoking post indeed. Its amazing that so many people joined together to help the distraught person. Yes, "We" is most powerful in all aspects of life. The Creator has given a partner to everything in the Universe. The Sky and Earth, the Moon and Stars, Husband and Wife are just a few examples.

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    1. Yes, thanks a lot to the Creator. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. quite a thought provoking post. well done!

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  4. society is a universal sets .. so we all are automatically included !
    inspiring !

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    1. Yes, true.
      Subsets of the Universal set...

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  5. So True Anita... The power of WE... which 'we' so easily transfer on the shoulders of others....chanting 'do something-do something' all the time to others! That Perth incident was inspiring yet I felt embarrassed in front of my kids while watching it ,as I can hardly put forth a single such example from near home (including me) ..... I simply tell them about the past glories ... about Lijjat Papad and Chavi Rajawat to instill in them the importance of being PROACTIVE .. Great post .

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    1. Wonderful that you are sharing such inspirational stories with your kids, Kokila.
      We all need to learn/know about role-models & heroines & heroes & be PROACTIVE.

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  6. Good and inspiring one ... we need to be the change together :)

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  7. United we stand.. Truly said Anita. I really liked the examples quoted.

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    1. Ah missed mentioning soul-sis :)

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    2. Thanks. Glad you liked it, Soul-sis!
      Even if U miss, you'll still be my soul-sis :)

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  8. Recently in Poona too people help tilt a bus to save the trapped bikers. High time we all got together.
    Very motivating post Anita.

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    1. Yes Indrani. I had read about it in the papers. How wonderful it was! I had decided to write about the Pune WE-POWER. Missed it in my haste...
      Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Uncannily when I was reading your post, I was reminded of a recent post of Proactive Indian about a lady who stopped to help a girl in distress and the troubles she faced. Indeed WE can do a lot of things but more often than not we prefer not to get involved.

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    1. Yes Rachna. Proactive Indian rightly addressed the issue.
      Ms.Giri's efforts are laudatory, though that situation/reaction was sad with no one coming to the aid.
      We just have to tap WE-POWER. Teaching/Awaraness/Counselling, Planning & Implementation needed.

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  10. We need to learn from that incident. We have opinions about everyone but we come to no use when someone is in misery. We truly need to learn

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  11. THE INCIDENT AT PERTH IS MIND BLOWING THANKS ANITA FOR REMINDING US THAT UNITED EFFORTS CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS..

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  12. "WE" can definitely help, but the formation of "WE" spontaneously on such incidents is important. Hope we bloggers can bring some change by writing and changing perspective of others.

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    1. Yes, this spontaneity needs constant practice & learning...
      WE Bloggers can definitely help.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  13. Anita, did you hear the news that 50 people pulled a bus to save two guys who were on the bike when bus came over them, and those around 50 people pulled the bus to save these two people. I guess it was an incident happened in Pune day before. So you can't say that we Indians are not becoming a unit now... We are also learning the strength of We instead of I, but slowly-slowly only.

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    1. Yes Alok. I had read the Pune WE-POWER incident. Very inspiring. I had planned to write about it too. Somehow I missed it here... Why & how I missed it is another story which I'll share!
      Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Inspiring !! Very well written Anita.. Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. I too have written on similar lines in my blog recently www.nimadas.blogspot.in
    WE have the power and we can do miracles only we need to change our outlook to things!

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    1. That's nice, Nima. I'll check out your post.
      Yes, WE can do miracles.

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  17. Nice post. The WE thing is there in our DNA as we Indians have long history of staying in joint and large families. Sadly in today's fast paced world we have moved to satellite families and our and next generation have not experienced community sharing and giving and helping. The WE thing needs to start at home. Yes, we need to change our outlook!

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    1. Thanks for your maiden comment on my Blog :)
      True that the WE feeling & community concept needs to be inculcated right from an early age starting from home & school. Charity begins at home.
      I'd say that all VALUES need to be taught right from home & school & of course the society & community must chip in with good examples & role-models too. Crimes will reduce.
      No matter how or where we stay, may our outlook be- "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam"- the whole world is a family.
      That'll make us come forward to help rather than think- "Why should I? That person does NOT belong to my family."
      Yes, we need to look farther & change our outlook.

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  18. Well said Anita. The power of WE can make a lot of difference to the society. Recently an incident similar to the the one which happened in Australia took place in Pune , the Onlookers lifted the bus with their bare hands, saving the lives of the two boys, who were trapped under the bus. It feels nice to know people are stepping forward and gradually realising the power of WE.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Vinay.
      It was heartening to read about the WE-POWER of Pune.My mistake that I missed the Pune incident here in my Blog...
      Great when we join in with our WE-POWER :)

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  19. A thought provoking post Anita, Very nicely written. This change is much needed.

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    1. Thanks Priyashi. Delighted you liked it.

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  20. ...if only 'we' could! Great post, Anita:)

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    1. WE can, WE should & WE must.
      Thanks Amitji :)

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  21. My point exactly,
    Instead of collective candle march
    Go for collective saving
    Let's see who gets Harrased

    Excellent Post!

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    1. Yes, we need collective action.
      May there be no reasons for candle-march...
      Thanks for sharing Datta.

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  22. Beautifully written Anita. The power of WE is undoubtely a great one and the one with the train where 50 odd people pushed a train to save a man was a remarkable feat and integrating that into this post makes a great value add :)..

    Kudos to a lovely post :)

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    1. Thanks a lot. May we have more such unity all over the world :)

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  23. Indeed, yes! And cooperation is way more energizing than competition, so there is that benefit as well.

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    1. Yes Sureshji :)
      Cheers to care & cooperation!

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  24. The pledge we used to take in school...we the people...I guess it's time we practically use that in our day to day adult life...

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    1. Yes, Chaitali. 'WE The People' pledge reminders are needed.

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  25. so very true what you say anita.. I am not against the candle marches or walks etc, but I dont think they bring any change .. rather people who go on candle marches actually leave all that WAX on the road .. and dont bother cleaning the area tooo

    WE , need to wake up and WE need to get together becuase I cant change anything till it becomes a WE and US ALL

    Bikram's

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    1. Right Bikram. I share your views.
      Thanks for sharing. Yes, collective wake up time now.

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  26. Everyone must work together to make change reality. Very insightful piece.

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    1. Very true, Kathy. Thanks for reading & sharing.

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  27. A very valid and pertinent subject, Anita. We Indians tend to be extremely selfish and insensitive; probably because we are too many, too many people jostling each other for breathing space. But it should change.

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    1. Values need to be taught afresh- care, sensitivity, responsibility...
      Yes, population problem is another point. But, we must use it as a strength. There is strength in numbers.
      When we employ this power, we can solve problems viz. coming to the aid of a girl who's been harassed...
      Definitely, we need a change in attitude.

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  28. Hi Anita

    Nicely written post, but scenario is changing, few days ago an accident happened in Pune, in which a bike come under a running bus, the bike is riding by two college students, the people tilt the bus in the same manner as you have wrote here, but yes the change need to cover a very long journy

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    1. Welcome to my Blog, Vinay. Thanks for your appreciation & for sharing this.
      Yes, I missed mentioning the Pune incident in my post. I too was proud to read about the Pune WE-POWER.
      May we cover the journey together with this power.

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  29. The journey from "I" to "We" isn't tough or long. An effort to start bridging the gap is all that is needed for change on a bigger scale :)

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    1. Yes indeed.
      One "I" can inspire many "I"s to join together to be "WE" :)

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  30. This is so right...Shouldn't it be every human's basic instinct....Interesting cartoon pic you have added (4th pic)...I see that one of the guy says "He is probably drunk..." ...Honestly, that's what most people think if someone seems to be just lying on the road....But it is hard to come forward for any individual to confront a mobster/molester who may be in possession of weapons...Most civilian fear that for sure..... :(

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    1. Yes Vidhya. We are fearful as many innocent people, who wished to help, have faced problems owing to untrustworthy people.

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  31. Yes, a lot can happen when I changes to WE. WE all have the power to change the world.

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    1. Absolutely, Arti. Hoping for the best!

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  32. Excellent post....thanks for reminding 'tum chalo to Hindustan chaley' campaign....got me goosebumps...I simply loved d concept & alwez will! Yes, WE-Power sorely lacks in our country. We've become so fearful of unknown factors...attitude is-"why interfere? Let whatever happen. Let me b safe". So thinking, no one helps. As a result, we've become an uncaring society where rapes, domestic violence etc. continue unabated as none 'DARE' interfere.

    Unless this changes, our b'ful country will alwez b in gutters. Let's unite. Let's implement We-Power.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Amrita.
      Totally agree with you.
      This is reality... May we recognize, use & implement WE-POWER soon.

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  33. Yes! Hope WE-Power powers us all :-)

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  34. Superb Anita! I don't know how to express in English effectively, but all I can say, 'Rongte khade ho gaye!' as Amrita Sabat mentioned in her comment. I second Datta Ghosh too! Every word you have used has passed energy! I can feel how intense your thoughts/feelings were while writing this post.

    I don't agree with those who say we are insensitive. We were forced to be insensitive, while we are not... It is 'Macaulayism' and the ruling people for many years after independence who continued the same as that of British. Even paid media is doing the same. I may appear to be an RSS follower. But, most of us never knew that the RSS volunteers work selflessly when any flood, disasters, etc take place. This news never reaches us because paid media is busy trying to present RSS as a communal/terrorist association.

    We need to support media that bring out positivity instead of bothering about their TRPs. We need to teach children that we are not weak. We need to come out of that system which makes us weak...It takes only a moment to realize we have all the positivity within... And we have all the power within as Swami Vivekananda said...

    Sorry for this very lengthy comment Anita, your intense words made me speak out. And may be that these words came out because you are the one among a few with whom my thoughts match...

    Thank you so much for considering my words worth including in your post along with 'Proactive Indian', you are so kind dear! TC! Keep smiling :) Happy blogging! Vande Mataram!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Sindhu for sharing your wise words & touching comment.
      Totally agree with you.
      Great that you have shared your views and enriched my post. And no, please never be sorry. You are most welcome to present whatever you feel.

      We are not insensitive.
      We need to bring out the positivity.
      We can inspire one another & power our nation!
      Thanks for your inspiring words & support! Please continue your good work :)

      Yes, our thinking is similar & we are India-lovers!
      Vande Mataram!
      Keep smiling :)

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