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Mother, writer and daydreamer. Also chocoholic and chick-flick lover. But mainly mommy. To two boys, at that! When not escorting my Elder One (EO) to karate class, I'm trying to get in as many cuddles as possible from my Younger One (YO). And when not doing either, I'm hard-at-work trying to maintain a steady relationship with my laptop. And as for the Man I Married (MIM), well, let’s just put it this way – even though we share a bedroom, our most meaningful conversations are held over the cell-phone!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Action Update...

I am overwhelmed by the response to my earlier post. I got so many words of encouragement from so many of you!! Thank you!

One thing is clear, everybody wants to do something. I have never been good at leading, but I've always been a very good team player. Tell me what I can do, and if it's in my power, I will do it! And Pseudo Intellectual, I didn't ever mean to be exclusive...it's just that when I wrote this, I had this big visual in my head, of Mommy Bloggers marching up the steps of Rashtrapati Bhavan to keep an appointment with the President of India and discuss how we can make our country safer for our children. That's all. I need you on my side, I hope you do know that! And I don't have anything concrete on my hands now, everything is still hazily sketched in the mind... The moment things take shape, you know you'll be one of the first ones to read it here!

I need to thank many of you for linking my post to your blog; Parul, Goofy Mumma, Button's mom and wordjunkie.

I have decided to start small; tiny, baby steps if you will. I am spreading some information about some great websites that are up. For some positive action, here are a few blogs/sites that you could visit:
1) http://www.adrindia.org/home/getinvolved.asp
2) http://www.jaagore.com/
3) http://www.avaaz.org/en/india_undivided/98.php/?cl_tf_sign=1
4) http://www.petitiononline.com/26novAct/petition.html

Now with schools gearing up for Christmas pageants and the holidays, I feel it won't be a good idea to approach them now. So, after the break, I have decided to go to the EO's school and ask the principal about teaching the pledge to all the students as well as starting with the NCC. I don't know how it will go, but I do know that I am going to try. Just like this, if we all visit the schools our children study in, or we studied in, and put our proposals forward, we can feel good about trying. And if our efforts don't work, then we can think of taking it to the next level, like a nationwide campaign, or an online petition. I know that the Mad Momma has a very valid point when she says that a pledge is not enough to instill nationalism, I would still like to try. It could be a start.

The torch is burning...let's keep it alive. And not just a flicker either, but a huge roaring flame that will keep the darkness at bay!

Here is the pledge that I keep going on and on about. My heartfelt thanks to the Mad Momma for giving it to me ...
India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and am proud of its rich and varied heritage.
I shall strive to be worthy of it.
I shall give my parents, teachers and all elders due respect, and treat everyone with courtesy.
To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.
In their well-being and prosperity alone lies my happiness.

4 comments:

Monika,Ansh said...

I admire your resolve & love your idea of going to eh school principals & expressing our views abt this issue & giving suggestions.
I am going to do this this week.

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Oh Monika, I can't evn begin to tell you how happy that makes me! You're a star!

Do tell me how it works out...

Also, find out if they have NCC or plan to...

Good luck my friend! God bless!

wordjunkie said...

Gosh, don't thank us... thank you for putting those words down with such clarity.

Indian Home Maker said...

Can't just forget this and 'accept' this ... I am really disheartened when people say this system will never improve. Just can't live with that. We have to do whatever we can.