Thursday, 3 November 2016

Missed Opportunity

Money begets money
health begets health
stink begets stink
are sayings of universal truth...

No wonder then
people spit on the footpath
on Indian roads, soon after
the foul smell from garbage
and urine hit their nostrils....

The 'broken window theory' helped
to  solve Graffiti problem of New York
similar attempts have been  made
in pockets, here and there in India
to draw pics of Gods/Goddesses
on the  walls near footpaths
to stop urination and littering...

It's human nature to litter
a place that's already littered,
reluctant as people  are to dirty
clean sparkling places

The mission 'Swatch Bharat' needs
lot more thought, creativity and action
to address root causes of problem
to ensure  long time permanent solutions
if not, it may fizzle out
as another missed opportunity
that began and ended
as mere photo Opportunities ...

Note: The broken windows theory is a criminological theory which seek to maintain and monitor urban environments to prevent small crimes such as vandalism, public drinking, and toll-jumping so as to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness, thereby preventing more serious crimes from happening.


  1. Though Swachh Bharat requires lot of action, I can see even small kids maintaining cleanliness. We adults, shall change ourselves. Nicely written.

  2. Thank you Ranjana. I feel this time a lot of attention has been created, as you say even among children, So it will be a shame if you let go of this opportunity...

  3. This is such a good one sir.. The first paragraph itself talks a lot.. :-) A message beautifully passed!

    (its PH)

  4. I so agree with you. I wish we could change the tide and clean up the country! I read the broken window theory in a Malcolm Gladwell book though can't remember which one!

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject!