Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Success Story: The ugly Indians – stop talking, start working

Today, what could have been a better topic than The Ugly Indians with “U” ?

I feel proud to write about a bunch of anonymous volunteers on a mission- “No Lectures, No activism, Just hard work”.  The group originating in Bangalore and named - The Ugly Indians (TUI,) takes up spot fix activities every week in Bangalore and now the concept is being adopted in other cities of India in last few months.

Drawing inspiration from “Work is Worship” and “Talk less, work more” , the group applies simple and smart solutions to implement the makeover for  eyesore spots like filth on footpath, stains on walls, open dumps, cigarette litter  or open public urinal spots . Sometimes they involve civic agencies when they need to go deep into the problems as they believe in working with the existing systems rather doing sit outs on what is not working.  Volunteers are all citizens like you and me without the cynicism that things won’t work - employed in big, small companies in the near about places with a mentality to change the face of the place by doing work silently. The folks in T-shirts, brooms, shovels are not into any kind of propaganda to join hands, rather expect people with the serving mentality to be drawn towards the activities.

Their website page bears testimony to the success stories of the makeovers done and FB page is witnessing a rapidly increasing likes. Groups from outside India are showing interest into knowing these spot fix activities having similar mindset of service beyond self. Additionally, their work is recognized by every citizen in Bangalore whereby, the Ugly Indian has been voted as a Bangalore Hero as part of the last Bangalore Mirror campaign.

Their motto is to show people how the change looks like and believe that people will surely change along with the change happening around and get  attracted in doing more – time might be longer, path might be steeper. 

It is high time that we stop thinking that problems are someone else’s and someone else or government will take care of things. While there are talks of many public private partnership projects around – some materializing and some not, this is a fine bit example a “Muh Bandh, Kaam Chalu (stop talking, start working) movement in action and in reality to change of hygiene condition of our beloved country.

I urge my readers to visit their pages and get involved.

Volunteers @ work

21 comments:

  1. Good to know about "The Ugly Indians " .I liked the motto "TALK LESS WORK MORE" and do it now ,jump into action policy.

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  2. That is awesome Jayanta! Hats off and big cheers to volunteers getting engaged in this! I will pop over to their site! "Stop talking, start doing" - So great!!! Hope many will be inspired! Thanks for showcasing them.

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    1. Thanks, Eli. Am sure you will be able to appreciate them more once you have visited their site.

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  3. First time hearing about this organisation. The task undertaken by them is appreciable. To accomplish this people with a missionary zeal must come forward.

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  4. That is a very impressive organisation. I love their motto. I forwarded a link to this post to two of my closest friends because we had been talking about what people can do to make change.. and whether what each individual does matters. I think this organisation will inspire them.

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    1. Thanks a lot for spreading the word about the good work being done. Much appreciated.

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  5. Thats good to know Jayanta, tks for writing about them. Interesting name too. Heading to their website now.

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  6. The name very different and unique. What an amazing work the group is doing!

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  7. Very inspiring and more power to them. Like their name and their motto!!

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  8. It's all bout the people and if we citizens will not do it to make a different, forget it. Thanks for sharing Jayanta and love ur awesome blog where you spread awareness on the need to be alert and aware citizens:)

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  9. Hearing about them for the first time! Thanks for posting...Think work like this should really be publicised even more!

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  10. I am hearing it for the first time here and it is such a proud thing they are doing! Amazing! Thank you for mentioning them here. I have learned something new and proud that I would love to share with my friends! :)

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  11. Yes Jayanta, you picked up a very good topic fo U. I have followed their work off and on from the website, FB etc...This group is fantastic and a real true example of what a group of sincere people can do without much fanfare and hoopla. Very good post.

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  12. Thank you very much, Jayanta, for introducing this great organisation. I visited their website just now. I will contact them by email to seek their help to spread their model to other cities and towns.

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  13. Stop talking,start working......Excellent.
    Wish we followed this principle to solve most of the problems india has

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  14. Thanks for sharing this with us, it's always inspiring to see people volunteering to do small good things that add up!

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  15. Its the very time that more and more people should follow their 'mantra' talk less and work more. Nice topic picked up.. :-)

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