By Roshana Naresh


‘Cleanliness’ is all but just a word in our country. What does cleanliness mean to each one of us? Why is it not given priority in our nation?   “The scenario is same, what change am I going to make?”  This is the general attitude seen today.  The sad part is that even the so called pillars, the youth of India are letting it down.  Indifference is Intolerable.

Social responsibility does not stop with just sharing Facebook posts and Tweets, there is lot more to it. This, in a larger perspective, might seem impossible. Let’s look at it in a much simpler way. With Navaratri round the corner and Prime minister Modi launching the ‘Clean India Mission’, as the students of MIT let us start being more conscious about keeping our campus clean. We are aware of the NSS and YRC sessions held on campus cleaning, but clearly it is not a complete solution.  Clean the campus one evening, next day eat in the canteen and throw the paper cups on road. It is disheartening to witness students littering in and around the campus inspite of their educational standard. The other day, I saw a final year student spitting on to the road from the pavement. A sharp feeling of anger shot across me, if this is the situation in an educational institution, think about the rest of India. When we complained there weren’t enough dustbins in the campus it was reasonable. But now, there are some three or four near the canteen alone and still the same situation persists. Clearly the mistake is on our side.

Let us take the responsibility and make sure we don’t feel lazy to walk up to the dustbin and dispose wastes. Please don’t hesitate to ask your friends not to litter, it is never an insult, but just a reminder. Of course not the entire campus is going to get cleaned by a single person’s such act, but sure each one of us will have the self-satisfaction of not being a reason for this widely complained issue.

I don’t understand why there are no littering penalties in our country yet, instead our PM has chosen a more benevolent way to change India, which I hope will succeed. Meanwhile let us contribute our small part to the larger welfare of the nation. When foreign countries like Singapore and Canada can be dust-free, why can’t at least our campus be? Let us be the change and let the change start from here.




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