August 11, 2013

A Good Citizen

A Good Citizen

Points: Definition of a good citizen – His duties – His obligations – He respects law – Conclusion.

A good citizen is one who knows his rights and duties as a citizen. He asserts his rights and performs his duties with equal zest. His rights in fact imply his duties. In all democracies an individual enjoys political as well as civic rights. Political rights consist of right to vote, right to freedom of expression and faith, right to movement etc. Civic rights are of as vital importance as the political rights. This enables an individual to live in a civilized manner.

A good citizen defends his political and civic rights very zealously. The state helps him in that through law and justice. Violation of these rights is often punishable by law. We must know that rights and duties are correlative. One’s right implies another’s duty and vice versa. This correlation is never lost sight of by a good citizen. A citizen is free to organize his life as he likes. Technically the position may be all right. But in actual practice there are many checks on one’s freedom. I cannot build a house any where I like. I cannot build it in the way I like. I must conform to the municipal byelaws. These laws have been framed in accordance with certain common considerations. I cannot throw the refuse of my house anywhere I like. I cannot walk in the middle of the road. I cannot blow a trumpet at mid night. If I have the right to do it, my neighbors have the right to sleep peacefully. If I am a good citizen, I will impose some discipline on

As a member of society, a good citizen has certain obligations. Illiteracy, poverty, superstition, disease and a host of other problems demand the attention of a good citizen. He has to think about these and their evils. He must give his best to the society. He must not let his energies and talents go waste. It will be social loss.

A good citizen, normally speaking, respects law. If he is liable to be taxed he pays it. He does not evade taxes because it is a crime as well as a sin. He knows that his own good is linked with the good of others. He does not therefore indulge in dishonest practices. He does not try to influence the government officials for his private ends. He does not offer bribes.

An ignorant or a selfish man can never be a good citizen. If he is ignorant, he does not know which rights to defend and which duties to perform. If he is timid, he lacks the courage to defend any encroachment on his rights. If he is selfish, he lacks the generosity to respect other’s convenience and comfort.

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