Empathy a mark of Swachhta

Published on May 01, 2015 03:52:52 AM
G A Raj Kumar, Former additional chief secretary to TN government: Every man smiles through happiness, but it takes a brave man to stand tall in times of adversity.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. - Winston Churchill

People’s humanity or swachhta can best be seen in disaster-hit zones when they help each other overcome grief, death and destruction. I have personally been witness to many such events where I have seen a common man rise to the level of a superhuman, with immeasurable capacity of forgiveness and sacrifice.

To be swachh is to identify with another’s pain. You need not go out of the way to help a person; you can simply hold his or her hand in times of distress. This simple act is swachh in its purest form. To be firm with youngsters, to be responsible in society, dedicated towards work, righteous in our path of life; these are the attributes of having a swachh soul.

My mother is my inspiration. She used work round-the-clock and her hard work had a lot of positive influence on me. Duvvuri Subba Rao is my other inspiration. He was from my village and he topped the UPSC exam in 1972. He was a role model for me. I started working hard and starting putting extra effort like him. I believe that words are the foundation, but swachh actions are the cement that holds our beliefs together.

There is no substitute for hard work. The benefits you get in life are because of the efforts you put in. Every day of your life is irreversible, so make sure you put in a hundred per cent of your effort because you get only one chance at doing a thing right, for the first time.