Mohit Jaiswal (in blue) with friends
The first thing I noticed was the perfect “tika” on his forehead and the immaculate dress. This 20 something young person, Mohit Jaiswal, who attended Citizens For Green Doon cleaning drive in Anarwala Jungles recently, looked somewhat different from before. After all, he had been attending CFGD events off and on for the last 3 years and I knew him as an enthusiastic environment friendly youngster willing to work. And work, he did hard that day, with his four friends, going down deep ravines, collecting garbage, with absolutely no fuss, no posing for photographs. And when I thanked everyone but him, he didn’t wince. It was only as we left, when I asked him what he was doing these days, did he tell me that he was the Vice President of Dehra Dun Youth BJP wing. For a city used to distant relatives of politicians slapping policemen and throwing tantrums at the drop of a hat, this was a pleasant surprise. It was this that made me invite him for tea and share his thinking with you.
“I’ve grown up in Dehra Dun under the shade of trees” Mohit replied when questioned why he cares for the environment. “I’ve seen this city deteriorate after becoming the capital, I’ve cried when trees were cut, I’ve spent sleepless nights wondering where is our city heading to” he reveals. “I love my Doon so much that whenever I’m out of this city, after 2 days I become Doon-sick and rush back” he says with a smile. “Before I’m a politician, I’m a Doonite and I do my bit for the city. Whenever possible I’ve taken part in Citizens For Green Doon activities. Besides I’ve taken part in numerous anti-polythene drives and blood donation camps” he reveals.
He has been the Vice President of Dehra Dun Youth BJP for the past 3 years and during his tenure the membership of the wing has doubled. “I believe in reaching out to people by the way of actions, not words, he says. “Whenever possible I help people out and that spreads the message about my party. First time I helped someone was in college. A lady fell down while driving a scooter in front of me, and after the initial hesitation, I went and helped her. The warmth with which she thanked me touched my heart and since then I’ve made it a habit of going out of my way to help others. People in my area know that even if they call me for help in the middle of night, they will get help” he says.
When asked about the thing which struck me the most, the total absence of “I’m a VIP Syndrome” he revealed that he rarely mentions his party post to anyone. “Even when we go for getting work done, we wait in line patiently, rarely raise our voices and I’ve never thrown my weight around even under extreme provocation.” He attributes the weight throwing nature of people to petty and self-grandiose thinking.
His vision for Doon is simple “We have turned a beautiful green city into a concrete jungle. Development is acceptable but within limits. We must develop the smaller towns and villages of Uttarakhand so that the population pressure on our city is reduced. People must realize that this is their city, they must care for it as they care for their own homes.”
As he sipped his tea, I could not help being optimistic about future of India. If this young person, one day is in a position to change the world, he will. If only there were more who thought like him.
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