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India at 75: Here are 75 little things you can do to make a big difference in our country

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As we get ready to celebrate 75 years of independence, let’s look at 75 awesome things that both parents and children can do to make our country a better place.

India at 75: Here are 75 little things you can do to make a big difference in our country

India is one of the most diverse nations in the world when it comes to culture, religion, ethnicity and race. Over the past few years, it has become home to a number of start-ups, thanks to a rapidly growing economy. As citizens of this great country, it’s up to us to do our best to make India a better place to live in—for us and for future generations.

Simple things like taking care of the environment, adopting certain values as a family, supporting each other, especially the womenfolk, and raising children with respect will go a long way in contributing to the development of the nation.

Here are 75 things every Indian should do to make the country a better place.

Taking care of the environment

  • Don’t litter in public places
  • No spitting in public places
  • Plant trees as a family
  • Abstain from plastic use at homes
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Take your child on nature walks
  • Save every drop of water
  • Encourage paperless offices
  • Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
  • Don’t uproot trees, help maintain a green cover
  • Pick up after your pets’ poop
  • Dispose of waste in a responsible manner
  • Start an eco-friendly drive in your community
  • Go on a beach clean-up drive as a family during weekends
  • Urge your family to walk or bicycle as much as possible
  • Potty train your children early so there is less diaper usage
  • Be a responsible traveller
  • Read up on climate change
  • Switch off all electrical appliances before you leave home

Parenting: Embracing values as a family to make children responsible citizens of tomorrow

  • Always follow traffic rules
  • Respect dignity of labor and people of all occupations
  • Learn to stand in queue and wait for your turn
  • Treat the past (national monuments and heritage sites) with respect
  • Tell your children the importance of keeping our surroundings clean
  • Learn to have healthy conversations about religion
  • Vote and show children the importance of voting
  • It is okay for men to be seen in the kitchen
  • Make the girl child and women always feel safe
  • Learn to be gender-neutral with your children
  • Have one meal together as a family every day
  • Stop force-feeding your children into obesity
  • Read up on hygiene and food safety
  • Focus more on nutrition and a healthy diet
  • Encourage outdoor play for children
  • Don’t let gadgets interrupt family time
  • Follow phone and email etiquette
  • Make diversity and inclusion a dinner table conversation
  • Stop bringing work home, bond with your family

Community: Supporting each other

  • Be kind to stray animals
  • Do your bit in helping the old and needy
  • Buy Indian brands and endorse local artisans
  • Be a fan of “Make in India”
  • Say yes to adoption
  • Don’t make motherhood a woman’s identity
  • Normalize moms asking for help to raise a child
  • Remove the stigma around mental health
  • Don’t keep wanting to have a boy child
  • Break gender-role stereotypes at home
  • Respect the third gender
  • Normalize breastfeeding in public
  • Stop body shaming new mothers
  • Learn more about our culture and heritage as a family
  • Encourage girls to take up STEAM
  • Bat for inclusivity for specially-abled children in schools
  • Volunteer for social causes and encourage your children to do the same
  • Call out on domestic violence: don’t ignore, don’t encourage, don’t endure
  • Respect housewives for the enormous jobs they do
  • Give single parents their due
  • Give everyone their space to express themselves
  • Don’t give or take bribes; stop corruption
  • Don’t make the ability to speak English comment on someone’s social status
  • Say no to gender bias at the workplace
  • Make pay parity a fundamental right
  • Read up on the law and know your rights
  • Stop armchair activism

Raising children with respect

  • Help support a child’s education
  • Normalize boys crying
  • Show our boys how to respect consent
  • Normalize friendship with the opposite gender
  • Let children do age-appropriate tasks independently
  • Let children follow their hearts to make career choices
  • Let your child focus on life skills development and don’t pressurize them for marks
  • Encourage use of pre-loved items
  • Read books and build more libraries
  • Make little changes at home and big changes in the country will follow
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