My friend and I were having a discussion about the changing India, the other day. People have so much money and along with it came more greed and desire..and the bottom-line that very few people sacrifice a significant amount of their effort doing something for the nation.
I am happy to note that my father contributes in a very noble way to improve India. He runs a charity school in our home town in Kerala for 300 kids of the poorest people of our society - the coolies, autorickshaw drivers, plumbers, and the unemployed. Needless to say, most of the kids study there for free.
My mother works there as a teacher too. They get a pittance of a salary - about Rs 3000 a month (about USD 45)! While I work in the big metro cities of India and US among other yuppies with glittered dreams, they do not care about any returns and a glossy life anymore.
I feel really proud of my parents courage. Even though they have atleast a decade of service left between them, they have chosen this path for the rest of their lives. I too contribute but only by sponsoring a couple of kids' education (which comes around to only Rs5000 per kid for a year!)
Definitely, my parents are contributing in the noblest way they can in improving the society!