Responsible citizenry makes country liveable
The majority of the citizens of our country do not have any clear idea about democratic system, good governance and its true meaning, but they shout for those things. Interestingly, when it comes about the duties for the country, same group of people remain oblivious as if they never heard about those things. Educated citizenry should not act so irresponsibly.
Moreover, we often want big things happen overnight, which are not only impractical, but also impossible, because every great thing needs a certain time to happen; even a child takes ten months to born. Many people use the word 'System' as an abstract way, but they are ridiculously eager to change their self proclaimed corrupt system.
Clearly, our expectation is always sky high, no matter how much our effort is. Many people allege that there is corruption in the whole system of the country. It has destroyed our bureaucracy. 'Red Tape' culture gobbled up our society so on and so forth. There are substances in these allegations but, there is no black magic to finish all the wrong things.
If we take the example of the United States of America, one of the oldest modern democracies of the world, strived for a long time for its democracy. Citizenry of the democratic countries are aware about their responsibilities. Therefore, whenever we talk about the democracy, good governance and law and order of our country, we should remember that as a citizen, we have some certain duties for our country.
Another crucial thing is that we should be pragmatic. Bangladesh, as a country, is still young enough. Our colossal population depends on a developing economy. So, it is not easy to maintain law and order always. The practice of democracy in Bangladesh is not so old and we have to proceed carefully. Besides, if we think critically, then we will see that where corruption does not exist? For example, in the developed countries, corruption exists there too. Westerners are so accustomed with it that they call bribe as 'Speed money'.
People of developing countries always think that westerners are as clean as mineral water. Our leaders wait for their so called precious advice. God knows why our maverick politicians, who want going to lead the nation in future, do not have enough self confidence? Now the point is that citizenry have to understand that they have responsibilities too, for the development of country and for the growth of the nation.
Though the government of Sheikh Hasina has been doing a great job to ensure the basic necessities of our country people and maintain good governance, but, government alone cannot do it all. Citizens should come forward. We always discuss about our rights, but, have we ever introspected ourselves. Have we ever thought about our duties toward the state? For an effective democracy, it is a must.
Democracy is not a mere abstract word, which only found in the white page of the Oxford dictionary. It's a matter of regular practice. Awakened citizenship is very much needed for this. Sophisticated conscience should work day and night for the well being of the country and its people.
We always expect that the state will come in every case to save us, which cannot be happened. And, in a practical sense, it is not possible, because the government created by the votes of the people, now if these voters think that their duty is over only by electing a candidate for every five year, then the vibrant democracy would not be happened. Good governance will be happened, if the people of the country behave in a proper and democratic way.
Most interesting thing is that when we go abroad, we maintain all the rules and regulations of the foreign countries. Foreign authority appreciates our civility; but, when we come back to our own country, very few of us act in such civil way, which is a very odd thing indeed. This bizarre mentality creates the complete mess in our overall system.The law and order system of the country should be maintained by the people. Why we wait for the police all the time? Why do we behave in such way, that law enforcement agencies have to interfere in everything?
Is not it an unfortunate thing that the parents of post modern era expect their unruly children will be rectified by the governmental agencies? Why the families are not ready to take the responsibilities of their children? We all know that the family is the base of a human being. Family background is a very essential thing in a person's life. If one's family matters work well, then the children of that family would not do any wrong thing in their future lives. Their civil manners will create the society as a civil society.
Without doing anything for the country, we cannot expect anything for ourselves, because, we all know that there is no 'Free Lunch'. If we want a liveable country, we have to work in that direction. We must obey the rules and regulations of the state by our own. Only then, Bangladesh will run properly and as a citizenry, we can say that yes, we deserve all the basic rights of citizenship.
The author is a freelance contributor