Today we were supposed to be in Murthal early in the morning, having parathas with Anupam, Dhruv, Geojo and Nitin but the plan fell through as Anupam wasn’t well. So we used the time to go for our walk. The daybreak was almost half hour away and there were hardly any walkers around, just a couple of regulars.
Besides the regular walkers, there were dogs out to do their thing .. the driver or the maid or the dog walker was out with his owner’s pet and the dogs went about pooping at their regular spots. Unfortunately most of their regular spots are also where human beings walked. We were watchful and avoided stepping into a poop pile. Then we saw the cleaning staff coming around and removing the dog poop from all those places where people walked. The dog walker, maid or the driver just took a happy dog back home.
The above situation is what is wrong with us “Indians”. We want to keep a dog and we love the dog, some of us may even take it for a walk, we will teach it tricks and be thrilled when the dog behaves well… but we won’t pick up the poop. That’s the cleaner’s job. We will blame the municipal corporation for keeping the streets dirty but will toss out the empty packet of chips on the road while driving our BMW 7 series car. We will blame the maid for not cleaning the house well, but we will throw the “rotis” out of the balcony for the pigeons to eat in the hope that we will get some “punya” (God’s brownie points given for good deeds done on Earth). We will blame Narendra Modi for introducing the Swachhta cess, but we will never pick up that plastic bottle lying on the road and throw it in the garbage bin nor will we agree to segregate waste at source – “its not my job”. I want clean roads, clean rivers, clean air – its the central government’s job to provide all this, while I will throw things out of my car’s window, spit anywhere, piss anywhere, not pick up my pooch’s poop, let the effluents from my factory go straight into the river, burn plastic, not use public transport, burn fossil fuel, have the air conditioner running forever…… extend it to the soldiers’ and its their job to die so that I can walk my dog in a safe neighbourhood….I can continue to rant but I won’t.
If you are the kind of dog owner who lets others step into your dog’s poop or thinks its the cleaners’ job to pick your pooch’s poop, your rights to own a pet must be withdrawn. Its a sick mindset and certainly unacceptable.
I have a simple solution, which I hope I can implement atleast in our apartment complex. There are CCTVs everywhere, so all we need to do is to identify the dogs and then we will know who their owners are. All we have to do is pick their dog’s poop up and deposit it outside their front door. Their kid will miss school for the day, the father may go late to work and the mother may just take the day off to sleep off the stress, but the message will hit home. If the behaviour doesn’t change then continue doing it till they learn.
Respecting and not violating your fellow human being’s space is a basic expectation when you live in the society and picking up your dog’s poop is one of the ways that you show that respect. But no, we are Indians, we want the “foreign” dog that’s in fashion, and “someone” to pick the poop.. Hmmm, I will just pray that such people step into dog poop left behind by others like them.