FlippED is an ED Original style wherein two bloggers come together and share their opposing or orthogonal perspectives on an interesting subject. 

Recently, pictures of how flood relief shelters in Kerala were cleaned by people before leaving for their own homes are doing rounds on the internet.

Flood Relief Shelters In Kerala
That’s how clean Keralites left shelter homes

It only left our bloggers wondering what the North Indians would have done in a similar situation.

Here, read on as our bloggers fight it out.

“I am a North Indian myself but I know for a fact that we’d have left shelters in a worse condition than they were in before!” ~ Blogger Yogita Rathore’s perspective

It’s a fact that South Indians are more educated and civilized than us North Indians. If you go to any city in South, its way more clean and well maintained.

Of course there might be certain areas that are not as well kept as others but on an average you’ll still find way less “red stains” and litter on roads down in south.

Delhi the capital city itself has so much litter, kachra and people spitting here and there, I can only imagine the state of other cities in North India. All this makes me firmly believe that if we North Indians were ever hit by such a calamity, we’d have taken out the anger of our loss on the shelter homes and relief camps!

Also, lets for a moment forget about such a situation during tougher times. Our schools and shelters are not even as clean as the pictures from Kerala even right now.

A still from a shelter home in Delhi

If you happen to visit any shelter home today in Delhi or a big shot city in North India, it’d be ten times dirtier than the shelter pictures from Kerala that are doing rounds on the internet.

You can call me ‘north ki anti-national’ all you want but it’s a fact that you cannot deny! Lets take a lesson or two from our friends in south and keep our cities cleaner and better!

Related: Kerala Pastor Apparently Said That ‘God Was Now Punishing The People Of Kerala For Their Sins’ To Explain The Kerala Floods

“Do we all view cleanliness as a safety issue irrespective from where we belong to in general?” ~ Blogger Aatreyee Dhar’s perspective

I choose not to agree with the stereotyping of a race when it comes to cleanliness especially when it becomes a critical health and safety issue amidst talks of worst floods that has affected Kerala alone.

I admit there are various cultural perceptions that go by their own definition of cleanliness. In fact, the variation in perception would become larger looking at various cultures around the world.

Even if in one part of the country, you can have the “ideology” of “cleanliness is next to godliness” instilled in Christianity impacting the minds and hearts of peoples of the indigenous tribes of north-east, the sanctity of cleanliness is missed out in other part of the country especially the north blatantly acting insensitive to the issue of cleanliness.

The cleanliness argument is baseless. Delhi also has clean shelter homes, exhibit A

Beyond such patterns of race and ethnicity followed by geographical diversity, people value cleanliness but in different ways. People from North India are mainly concerned with keeping their home clean, being negligent of what goes beyond the backyard of their homes.

Cleanliness is merely an attitude which constructs a habit. You cannot bluntly state that a part of India cannot be clean or slums can never have order and cleanliness in the present situation. People living in such a state need to be informed about the value of cleanliness.

Probably, we need a younger generation of North-Indians who are still amenable to corrections breaking stereotypes while people are discussing why the characteristic Indian mentality to clean one’s house but to dump garbage on the road cannot be changed.

Picture Credits: Google Images

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