“This is a unique and
inexpensive model in which students and youth in their mother tongue writes the
pledge and recite the same in their respective institutions and organizations
and after its recital, they would sign the solemn document of affirmation “,
Social Activist and BIG National President Biraja Mahapatra explained.
BIG is to appeal to the
Government of Odisha for celebrating November 26th as
Citizen’s Pledge Day, when students and youth across the state give a
written commitment to become good citizens and shun violence against the
state. Attended by MP R N Mahaptra, BIG founder Biraja Mahaptra, core
group members of BIG Odisha Chapter Priyadarshi Misra, Bibhu Prasad
Tripathy, Deepa Chaudhury, Pramod Ray, Jagnyadutta Mohanty and Pradeepta
Tripathy, principals of different schools and colleges, advocates and
social workers, it is resolved in the conclave held at Utkalamani
Sabhakakhya, Bhubaneswar, that an unanimous move be initiated to
celebrate the pledge festival across the state.
Social activist and BIG
team member Jagnyadutta Mohanty shared the experience of the large scale
campaign organized at Puri during last Rathyatra. Journalist Durga
Samantray, BIG team member Pramod Kumar Ray, Representative of Kendriya
Vidyalaya and Venkateswar English Medium School also shared their
experience of this nation building exercise.
This year, it intends
to pilot the statewide programme where all the students right from class
VII to post graduate level are to give a written commitment of keeping
country’s interest paramount in all their thoughts, words and actions in
a unique method called Integrity Building Exercise. The integrity
building exercise involves “write-recite and commit” technique in which
participants are expected to write the pledge of allegiance to the
constitution and put their signature in their respective document of
affirmation after its recitation in unison.
November 26 is being chosen the date as on
this day in 1949, the Constitution of India was adopted in the
constituent assembly. In fact Build India Group believes that the health
of any democracy primarily depends upon the quality of its citizenry
and, in India, this is the first time that an integrity building
exercise is being undertaken in such a large scale. This programme is
expected to carry messages against violence against the state and focus
on sensitizing students towards their fundamental duties and inculcate
in them a sense of belonging to the country.