Civic sense is an almost nonexistent in our country. Go to a beautiful garden and you will find rotten eatable and dishes of many Kick spread mercilessly on the lawns. People would come for a picnic and leave crumbs of food on the grass and bushes. They hardly feel that there are other people who would like to enjoy a treat (entertainment etc. given by someone) in those very lawns. There are small road side restaurants serving tea and eatables. You will find the used plastic, paper and earthen cups and leaf plates spread all around. It is a common sight in our country. No, one minds it. A swamiji had gone to Germany. He had heard that no one could throw anything anywhere in the street. If one did he was fined. He threw a piece of folded paper and was immediately taken to task. He was asked to take the paper away and was fined too. Not in India.
Go to a flourishing city. You will find a number of stalls and shops selling cigarettes, beedis, and pan masala ans gutka. People would smoke and beedis anywhere sometimes they cause for too specially on Diwali. Spitting on walls and staircases is a common sight everywhere. People would smoke in buses, restaurants and trains, cinema houses and offices without thinking of the passive smokers (who do not smoke but inhale the smoke when others smoke). Of late the government of Tamil Nadu has passed a bill restraining smokers to smoke at public places including railway stations, educational institutions, roads, cinema halls, government and private offices, banks and many other places. It people have no civic sense they will be forced to have it.
Streets and lanes in cities have garbage before almost all the houses. People would clean their houses and throw away the waste on the street even from the second or third storey of the house. It makes the streets dirty. Safai Karmcharis are almost absent and this garbage remains in the streets sometimes for days together efforts have been made in Mumbai to collect this garbage by private concerns and process it to change it into pieces that can substitute coal in furnaces and Kitchen too.
Water has become a rare commodity nowadays. The level of underground water is going down. As the population is increasing demand of water too is increasing. There is scarcity of water all around. Even rivers, wells and lakes are drying. Even then people waste water. If they open a roadside tap they won’t shut it after drinking water. It is a common sight at railway stations.
There are huge losses in the distribution of electricity in cities and villages. An investigation revealed that a very large number of consumers have electricity in their houses by throwing wire known as Katta on the electric poles. It is rather stealing electricity. Electricity is stolen by industries too. Even meters are mishandled. This has caused great scarcity of electricity in the areas where it is required. People haven’t the civic sense of allowing the rightful consumers to have electricity. Many cities in Uttar Pradesh have a cut of six to eighteen hours a day during summer season. If one has to be faithful to his country one has to start from acquiring civic sense.