All of us are citizens of a country. It is our motherland. Our
emotions naturally are attached to it and we aspire to see it
rise in the comity of nations. At the same time, we need to
show respect and regard to our fellow citizens. Nothing we do
should infringe on their rights.
This sensitivity to our country and to its citizens can be
termed as civic sense. Every person must be an embodiment of
this sense, and should endeavour to pass on this legacy to the
Foremost among our civic duties is to obey the laws of our
country in letter and spirit. These include traffic laws,
community laws, public laws, monetary laws besides a host of
others. Hoodwinking or bypassing the law should be
unthinkable. From the standpoint of the country administration
laws should be equally imposed on all sectors of the society,
and any defiance should be penalized.
Secondly, citizens must endeavour to keep their country clean.
Littering at public places should be completely avoided. Waste
bins and boxes should be used and if at some place they are
lacking one must keep the waste material until one finds an
appropriate place to dispose it off. Also included in this
effort is keeping public toilets clean every time one uses
them. Spitting in public and wall chalking are some of the
other detestable practices that go on in public, especially in
third world countries.
Thirdly, a whole sphere of civic duty relates to being
sensitive about noise pollution. Unnecessary honking by
vehicles must be consciously avoided; pets, especially dogs
who incessantly bark and make the lives of neighbours
miserable should be kept in check; sermons from the mosques
should be restricted to the confines of the mosque by
judiciously using loudspeakers; musical functions should also
not go beyond the houses or halls they are held in; generators
should not pound on the ears of neighbours. These are just
some examples of noise pollution. In short, citizens must show
special sensitivity to all its manifestations.
Fourthly, of paramount importance is to obey traffic laws. It
is citizens who benefit from them because many of these laws
are for their own safety. Thus, stopping at a red light even
when there is no one coming from the opposite side, wearing
helmets while cycling or biking, remaining well within the
speed limit, not bringing cars on the road that give out
smoke, being circumspect in changing lanes and using the
indicator must be adhered to punctually besides other similar
Fifthly, all the citizens must play their roles in helping the
local administration in combating national calamities.
Earthquakes, floods, droughts, famine, epidemics are some
common catastrophes that affect various areas. As citizens, we
must chip in with our share in these disasters and not shy
away even if we can spare small amounts of money or useful
Sixthly, misuse of government office and public funds and
social amenities are grave crimes that must never be indulged
in. Illegal gratification, fraud, tax evasion, theft,
embezzlement, perjury, false testimony, extortion, treason,
vandalism, and violence fall far below the norms of human
dignity and should have no place in any civilized society.
These are just some of the major breaches that have been
mentioned viz a viz civic sense. From the very first seat of
learning to schools and strongly set traditions every new
generation should be groomed in civic behaviour. A society
that has no respect for laws does not need any external enemy.
It is the worst enemy of itself and disrespect for laws
plunges it not only into decadence but drives it into a