he individual defines the society. At our weddings 2 p.m. always means 4 p.m. and if it is a case of ladies being served banquet than 3 p.m. means 7 p.m. We are a nation of late comers. We love being late on occasions. We love to make people wait on us. It gives us an air of importance and makes our self-esteem touch skies. Every year we celebrate punctuality week. The master of these celebrations or a “key decision maker” would rise to the dais and croon a scripted oath of being punctual. The obedients standing in rows had to drone the oaths word for word in vernacular the crux of which was that they would never be late to schools. And usually the lower class wing is not late. It is the higher class wing who are late to their workplaces. Even in our educational institutions, be it colleges, Universities or Schools, the professors and lecturers live an even more aristocratic life.
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There are exceptions here and there but exceptions do not make the society. It is amazing how things do not change. In our government departments the work starts at 11.00 a.m. for all practical purposes and by 3 p.m. they are talking about what their wives would have cooked for supper. We may have been once a nation of hard working people but for now we just want to earn money without actually working. Why and how did this sloth creep into us? And why is the establishment allowing this type of sloth to pervade our organizations, institutions? The need of the hour is to set up an example before the public by being punctual and dignified ourselves. Let us change ourselves first so that someone could see us as a role model to look up to.