by R K Garg
Chandigarh, September 26, 2020: Every day in life we see many fights, agitations, PILs and petitions to secure the rights which we get simply by being born on this earth.
Sometimes these rights are available when some one is in the womb even.
Even the rights of animals are also ensured by tradition as well as by law.
We have been ruled by outsiders for almost a century and when we got independence 73 years back the first major task our leaders did was to tabulate a law which defined all our rights and responsibilities fully.
Since we did not have rights under the British rule, the major emphasis lay on Rights first and unluckily it remains so till date because of our social as well as political compulsions.
In this scenario we are always very careful about our rights and a small infringement upsets us all.
In case there is talk on rights, we not only listen carefully but understand quickly but when there is talk on responsibilities, we lose power of listening even.
As such for reminding one of responsibilities, we have to hammer repeatedly and even after that many do not remember to fulfill their responsibilities.
There is a silver lining also.
The right of one person might be the responsibility of some other person and vice -versa.
So, naturally, this balancing goes on to sustain the system.
In a strong society there is a need for balancing rights with responsibilities.
We need to understand that every right if it comes without a responsibility starts a contempt of entire system.
It is rightly said that power which comes sans responsibility spoils, and absolute powers ruins absolutely.
We need to look into our responsibilities also.
Rights are a liability on the nation and responsibilities are an asset and resources on which the progress of entire nation depends.
We need responsible citizens who discharge their duties with full devotion and honesty.
And when someone does the duty or takes the responsibility in its true spirit, he/she gets the power/rights also.
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