I have found that the average middle-class Indian tends to blame “government” for all the ills of the country and its polity. While governance structures and institutions in the country are absolutely to blame for many things, the constant invocation of sarkar and sarkari behavior tends to concentrate all discussion on government and in the process exonerate other institutions from all blame. This is perhaps the single biggest reason that prevents positive change in the country.
Let’s keep many other faulty institutions (rapacious companies, unhygienic healthcare institutions, private hoarders, and the like) aside for a moment and discuss the one that is perhaps most “fixable” by each of us- our collective attitude towards others and towards our environment. [..]