“India is my country.
All Indians are my brothers and sisters.”
So we pledge in schools and colleges,
So we pledge until our lips register.
We call India our motherland;
We represent India by a woman.
But everyday, at least one woman in India
Is harassed by the men.
We have reservations for people
Who were then-downtrodden, but not anymore now.
The reservations are baseless today
And before the system, the General Male category bows.
“Marriage is sacred.”
This is what has been said.
But rape in marriage is not a crime;
That’s the verdict that has been made.
A driver, a waiter, a peon –
These jobs are looked down upon.
Somewhere where we believe that, “Work is worship,”
Shouldn’t such practices be frowned upon?
Judging women by their clothes,
Catcalling and staring at them on the streets is on a spree;
Be it a woman in a burkha or a woman in a skirt,
Or let alone Bharat Mata in her saree.
What good is a pledge
If it is not abided by?
What good is an oath
If it’s meant to be broken before you die?
So, starting today,
Pledge, and mean it.
Take an oath,
And fulfill it.
Read the pledge out loud
And mean every word of it.
“India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall give my parents, teachers and all elders 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.”