Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has come up with an intriguing idea. She wants the private sector to help her government teach some good manners and etiquette to the denizens of the capital city before the Commonwealth Games begin later this year.
“We have to do some things that are extremely basic like keeping the city clean, giving our citizens the culture of politeness and sharing and caring for each other, so that the world goes back with an impression that they have been to a truly civilized city,” Dikshit said on Thursday.
Changing public habits is not easy. China struggled in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The Chinese were confident of building stadiums to impress the world, but were unsure about their ability to stop Beijing residents from spitting or swearing. The Chinese did what is second nature to them: They cajoled and then they threatened.
Dikshit feels the soft approach will work. We wish her luck—and hope that our unruly parliamentarians, too, are taught some etiquette as part of the brave endeavour.