2018 resolutions:Pollution, fitness top priority
Most citizens want better fitness in 2018, to sort out their health issues but what kept them on their toes were issues related to pollution, and crime against women and children, writes Shreya Das & Nandini Guha. Read on:
Technical Consultant at MNC (Vidit Das)
2017 was a hectic year for me since I shifted from Delhi to Pune for a new job. But this year, I would like to see myself in a good financial condition. I am also planning to make good and healthy lifestyle changes.
Apart from that, I hope that the air quality of Delhi improves this year. I came back to the Capital to see my family after a hiatus of four months and the air was suffocating. Hence, in 2018, I would like to see taxpayers money being used for giving back clean environment, food, good living facilities, and clean rivers. These should be the primary goals of the government instead of using the money for their campaigns and funds.
Graduate from GGSIPU, Delhi (Kalpana Lohumi)
As far as my personal resolutions are concerned, this year, I want to learn guitar, get into poetry, and get physically fit. I have already wasted a lot of time on useless stuff and now I want to focus on my career.
But I would very much like a safer environment for women in the Capital. I have been living in a PG in Delhi for three years now, and after reading and listening to all the crimes against women, I feel that it's high time for the government to make strict laws against teasing and rape cases. The government needs to work on a smaller level first; farmers are the backbone of our country and they need utmost support by the government. Once the farmer's issues are sorted out, other sectors will also improve drastically. And since, I have just graduated, I hope we, the youth, get good job opportunities in the upcoming years.
IAS aspirant (Swati Dubey)
India has undergone many changes since the Modi government came into existence but still, there are some things that in my opinion shouldn't have happened and only we are to be blamed for them.
Pollution has been on our minds and in our lungs, this year and simply criticising the government is not going to solve this problem. I feel, that we are also responsible for this rampant problem in the Capital and we need to do something about it first, not the government. So, if we want a safer environment, we should come forward and work for it before our city just becomes a masquerade of people with masks. Apart from that, I hope our country becomes less regressive in 2018 and the coming years and we don't get to see another Padmavati nuisance.
On a personal front, this year, I would be focusing more on my health. I plan on joining yoga classes this year and I hope this year turns the tables for me and I get through the government service exams I have been trying for.
IT professional (Vijaya Gowrisankar)
There were a lot of job cuts in our profession in 2018. In some cases, it is the issue of automation replacing human endeavour, which leads to retrenchment. I feel that we should not shy away from this situation and learn new skills instead, where we may find other employment options.
Also, there is a lot of negativity in our generation which we must transcend in 2018. Impatience, pulling someone down, harassing others on social media has become all too common. We don't realize that this is quicksand and we can only sink into the quagmire.
Personally, I would like to be a better person through constant introspection and constant learning. This will enhance me personally and professionally.
Senior Citizen (Bandana Guha)
I hope that crime against women and children abate in 2018. There were many gruesome incidents in 2017 and I hope they don't repeat themselves next year. I am a member of a women's organization and I plan to mobilise them to work in this field. Also, strict punishment must be initiated against those who are guilty of such heinous crimes.
Personally, I suffered from a bout of illness in 2017 for which I was hospitalised for quite some time. Presently, I'm taking treatment for my ailment and I am definitely looking forward to a fitter 2018.So, I'm fervently hoping for a fitter 2018.
Associate Professor/Serampore Girl's College, Hooghly (Sayanti Talukdar)
People say resolutions are meant to be broken and yet that's what keeps us motivated throughout the year. Personally speaking, I am not the kind to make resolutions mostly for the reason that I may not be able to live up to them.
On a personal note, the only promise I make to myself as the year is coming to an end is that there be light and only light in my mind and soul to see only the positivity around me and may I be a little more patient with myself as well as others who matter to me.
To speak on a larger scale, socially, I wish to see my state in a better shape, with ample job opportunities, true education imparted to children, a safe and secured India where women can move around feeling protected. In short, there must be eradication of darkness in the true sense, the year 2018 ushering in love, joy, peace and prosperity.
Corporate Manager, MNC (Jayanta Saha)
My resolution for 2018 is to achieve better fitness and reduce weight which did not happen in 2017. And since it is very difficult for me to say no to things, I want to be able to say the word personally and professionally.
Socially, I'd like to see my state (Kolkata) remain free from communal tension and also that teacher-student relationship be normal. A child should not be afraid of going to school.