About Build India Group
The health of any democracy primarily depends upon the quality of its citizenry. In an endeavour to cultivating good citizenry in the country, Delhi-based civil society Build India Group has given a call to students and youths across the country to give a written commitment on November 26 every year that they keep country’s interest paramount in their thoughts, words and action.
Considering the whole country as a ground of its activities, Build India Group has drafted a pledge in 15 languages with uniformity in contents so that citizens in their mother tongue pledge their love and loyalty to the Constitution of India. These are already well in circulation in various educational institutions across the country.
The first group rendition of the pledge, however, was aptly done on January 19, 2008 at the Vaijnath Middle School in Delhi followed by a field test in City Prince Public School in East Delhi a week later on Republic Day.
Thereafter, Lawyers of Delhi High Court Bar Association, Central Administrative Tribunal Bar Association and Dwarka Bar Association, Delhi, several visionary school principals including Mrs Mala Sood of DAV Public School, Mrs Bushra Rani of Aditya Birla Public School in Hirmi, Chattishgarh, Academician P J Naidu in Madras threw their weight behind BIG rather the pledge to provide BIG the viral momentum to take the initiative forward.
Now we are very proud to say over 500 educational institutions have joined the movement so far. The programme is inexpensive, entertaining, educative and effective mass communication project to tell all Indians “let us cultivate good citizenry for a healthy country”.
As a part of the celebration, all students in educational institutions carry a handwritten pledge in their mother tongue on an A-4 size paper to their respective institutions. After reciting the same in unison, the participants put signatures on their respective document of affirmation. Various cultural activities i.e. dance, drama, debate, drawing competition, poster making, slogan writing on nationalism as the theme are also being added to charge the ambiance. Lawyers, youth associations, civil societies are also joining this movement at their respective places of work.
Build India Group (BIG) is the brain-child of journalist-turned-lawyer Biraja Mahapatra who conceptualized the idea of a national pledge and festival as an instrument to promote good citizenry in the country. Others who joined him in the endeavor and floated the Build India Group in 2006 were HR consultant Nabajyoti Das, Journalists Sudha Passi, Gautam Basu and Avtar Nehru, Media Consultant Pankaj Sukhija, Advocates Nishant Datta, Kiran Kumar Patra and Shanmuga Patro.
In 2008, Mahapatra wrote “MY CALL” – For the greater glory of this land, a book that provides the road map of the aims and objectives of the organisation to foster emotional integration in the country.
We are happy to say, Former Vice President of India Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Justice A K Patnaik of the Supreme Court, Union Minister Salman Khurshid, Delhi High Court Judge Justice Kailash Gambhir, Additional Solicitor General Rakesh Khanna, Additional Solicitor General A S Chandihoke, Supreme Court Bar Association President P H Parekh, Senior Advocates Ram Jethmalani, M N Krishnamani, Islamic Cultural Center Trustee H R Khan Suhel, Former Delhi Judge B S Mathur, former PIO to the Government of India Dr Umakant Mishra, Lawyer Ramakant Gaur, Prof B K Kuthiala, Vice Chancellor of Makhanlal Chatturvedi National University, Bhopal, Prof Ramesh Chandra former Vice Chancellor of Mewar University, Prof B C Tripathy Vice Chancellor of Revenshaw College University in Rajashtan and Uttar Pradesh, Rajesh Asthana from Bhawan’s College, Mumbai, Smt Mala Sood of AGDAV School, Delhi, Mrs Pradosh from City Prince Public School, Delhi, Mrs Bushra Rani of Aditya Biral Public School, Hirmi, eminent story writer Dash Benhur, also former Principal of SCS College, Puri from Odisha, academician Mr P J Naidu from Madras, Pradeepta Tripathy, Associate Prof KIITS University, Social worker Jagnyadutt Mohanty, teacher activist Promod Ray, teacher Savita Dash from Odisha among others have motivated many students, youths and lawyers to take this movement forward.
Keeping in view the encouragement/ participants satisfaction, we now demand that the Government of India declare November 26 as the National Pledge Day when all youths across the country be asked to give a written commitment to keep country’s interest paramount in their thoughts, words and actions.
Union Minister Salman Khurshid, Delhi High Court Judge Justice kailash Gambhir, then Delhi Law Minister Mangat Ram Singhal, Additional Solicitor General Rakesh Khanna, Supreme Court bar Association President P H Parekh and BIG President Biraja Mahapatra with volunteers of the Build India Group on the occasion of Pledge Festival on Jan 15, 2011 at Satyasai Auditorium, New Delhi