Talking about change is quite a revolutionary idea. If we had not dozed off in our history class, we would rightly recall that the ‘Quit India Movement, the ‘Industrial Revolution’, the ‘World Wars I and II’ spoke about the need to change the state of affairs in our world .
Inventions too incorporate a great degree of change in the functioning of matters. For example, Bell’s invention of the telephone made long-distance communication easier and convenient. A quick hello to your hubby toiling in the Gulf or US became an everyday routine unlike earlier years when the wife would wait patiently for the postman to deliver the eagerly awaited mail. Cars were a luxury in yesteryears. However, today we see that almost every other man in the neighbourhood has at least one car.
We see more obese people nowadays. No wonder we have weight-loss competitions like ‘Lose to win’ in Goa. “It’s the diets and sedentary lifestyles” the doctor harps to every patient he gets. ‘Exercise’ is the need, is what the doctor tells all patients.
People of yesteryears were much healthier than today’s generation. Today we gorge on pizzas, ice creams, candies, pastries, burgers, chips, etc all giving way to fatter waistlines.
Education is the right of every child. Those were the days when very few were educated. And a post-graduate was respected for having pursued his or her higher studies. Nowadays, we see many post-graduates scattered all over Goa. People were self-sufficient those days. The irony is with an increase in the level of education in Goa, we see more of unemployment among the youth. Sad but true!
Change has to be directed towards the positive side rather than edging towards the realm of negatives. We claim to have acquired 66 years of independence since the British rule. But are we really free?