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With the establishment of the new government, among the favorites of people who voted for the opposition seems to be the pinpointing of weaknesses of the new government. Discussions among relatives, office colleagues or even the walls of social media are filled with criticisms against the parliament, ministers or the new authorities. This isn’t something new, after every election we usually go through a period like this where voters try to dig the wrongdoings of people who were in power earlier and point fingers at people who are currently in power. It is one of the favorite games voters play.

However, some of these criticisms have valid points. It is us who know how to be governed by them, and it’s us who can see what they do wrong. Yet, sometimes the criticisms are so vague and pointless that they seem to point fingers at the government for their own faults.

One such problem is garbage. People blame the government, provincial councils, ministers, counselors and even their mothers and fathers, at times, pointing at the dirty streets filled with trash. To walk along a byroad in a suburb early morning is gruesome because the roads are awfully smelly with bags filled with spoilt food or baby diapers. Things get worse if there are stray dogs and it becomes difficult to even walk without stepping on something disgusting.

Is it really the government that is responsible for this? People blame the authorities for these dirty roads, but was it the government who put disgusting garbage bags along the road when there are garbage dumps? We are too lazy to find a dump that we will just throw away the bags wherever it is convenient to us.

Dengue is a problem we have been facing for decades. The number of deaths rises each year although we long to see an end to this. Competent or incompetent, each government in power struggled, implemented programs and raised awareness in order to prevent dengue. Yet, we are still on the losing side. We are willing to point our fingers at the health officials, but not so willing to point fingers at ourselves even though it is our unhygienic practices that worsen the problem. If we are not willing to clean our gardens once a week, regardless the number of announcements made, can we blame a government for their failing dengue prevention programs?

In our country there were times when people rallied asking for pay raises. Employees in private companies ask for similar compensations like the government employees. When they don’t get what they want, it’s the incompetence of the government, not their procrastination or laziness to achieve higher targets, impress their bosses and achieve a pay raise. Is the government supposed treat every employee equally?

A small fraction of the population is lucky that they get free education; to get both school education and university education at the government’s expense. Once they complete university education, they wait until the government knocks at their doors with highly-paying jobs. If they don’t, then begins the protests and rallies.

If people with lesser educational qualifications or people who weren’t lucky enough to receive the privilege of free education can find or create themselves jobs, is it fair that those who were pampered with free education to rally against a government only when they failed to give them a job?

It is always easy to point our fingers at the authorities. It is always easy to blame a government. It’s always easy to make someone else responsible. It is true that we voted for them because we needed a better society and a better country. But if we are not willing to support them to make this a better country and look agape until they do everything for us, nothing will change. We will have to walk along dirty roads every day, we will have to kill mosquitoes and we will have to cry over increased bills and low income.

Next time before you point your finger at the government, look at yourself first. Look whether you have lived up to your responsibilities as a member of the community, see whether you have helped your friend become a better citizen. If you haven’t done your part, the fingers should be pointing at you, not anyone else.