Kerala will be joining the rest of the world in celebrating yet another New Year in a few hours from now. Apart from festivities, midnight parties and revelry, New Year is also a time to run through your mind and to make a few New year resolutions that would help you start afresh and to kick start 2011 with confidence.
Kerala too need to have a set of new year resolutions to ensure a quality change in the life of its people and to launch itself into a higher and better position by next year this time.
Some of the handy New Year resolutions could be-
* Chuck out the drinking habits: Keralites are infamous for their boozing habits and are one of the biggest consumers of spirits. This not only leaves them penny less, diseased and unhappy but also will play havoc in the social life as it can be a serious law and order situation if left unchecked.
*Don’t litter: Kerala lags behind in social awareness and community living etiquette. It has a dubious reputation of having one of the poorest civic sense ratings in spite of being one of the most progressive and literate societies. Though most of the families live in plush apartments and palatial houses in well kept interiors, they forget the basics of cleanliness once they step out on to the roads. You can see many people throwing plastic bags full of trash and garbage into public roads and rivers in the darkness of the night. Most of them do it in style by dropping it in their swanky cars or bikes.
*Treat women with respect: Kerala has one of the highest sexual assaults and crimes against women. Anti social elements who find pleasure in intimidating and teasing women are always on the prowl. Dowry deaths and child abuse are also common. Though women in Kerala are better placed than their counterparts in other parts of India, God’s own country indeed has a long way to go to make sure that every woman feels safe on the roads of Kochi.
*Tackle the menace of corruption : Rampant corruption, nepotism and political dirty games have become a bane in Kerala. Corruption has spread its poisonous tentacles in all the sections of the society and things have come to a stage where nothing is possible in Kerala without greasing the palm of the officials. The law breaking citizens often find it a handy detour to attain their objectives exploiting the various loop holes in our laws.
The list can go on and on. However first, let’s all make a small step together to ensure a change for the better. ‘God’s own Country’ cant never be a misnomer and it is our duty as responsible citizens to live up to this well acclaimed name!