Our Values

Anyone is welcome to come share/discuss what they believe ought to be our values. Here are some written by me, Imran on March 1 2018.

Truth Alone Triumphs (Our Values)

1. We join together to serve this land, not our self interests
2. We will not denounce other people rather seek to inspire them with our love and dedication
3. ‎We will spend frugally and be completely open and honest in all transactions
4. ‎We believe that inclusion should be based on aspiration, leadership and passion for a cause
5. ‎We believe in total freedoms, swift grievance redressal and corrective not punitive measures
6. We shall strive to consider our natural ecosystem in all that we do and seek to reduce our impact on nature
7. ‎We shall treat everyone with courtesy
8. ‎We shall not impose too harshly our sentiments on the killing for food while still encouraging people to experiment with a meat free diet
9. ‎We shall take our responsibility to our citizens and sister countries seriously
10. ‎We will strive for peace and ahimsa in all that we do and insist on everyone being kind and amicable to each other
11. ‎We will celebrate our differences and go out of our way to be hospitable to any sort of guest
12. ‎We will be sincere, honest and soulful in all our interactions
13. ‎We will filter out all we encounter on a screen of good and only encourage the wholesome.
14. ‎We will do our utmost to educate and uplift the masses
15. ‎We shall never tire from doing our duty to ourselves, our families, our communities, our geographies, our neighbours and even the world at large
16. ‎We shall preserve our culture and values bringing new expressions of the arts and showing more of our humanity with each passing day
17. ‎We will not squander our talents or resources on frivolous or petty desires
18. ‎We shall seek to coexist peacefully with everyone and not let them influence us negatively
19. ‎We will spend our time wisely preparing for a better and brighter future for all
20. ‎We shall rise to the need of the hour and spread love, positivity and hope wherever we go
21. ‎We shall comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, but in a good way
22. ‎We shall allow people their freedoms in coming closer to their Maker whether they seek to look for the divine within or without, in the mundane or in the profound
23. ‎We will roll up our sleeves everyday, not resting until we have done our best for the realization of our goals
24. ‎We stand together in all that we do, one pale blue dot…

Audacity Of Dreams – Book Launch – 10th March 2018

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Audacity of Dreams: a manifesto for citizens and the government for a change

New Delhi, 10/03: Reads like a manifesto for inculcating citizenry consciousness and plan of action on part of the government for fostering unity and integrity in the country, book “Audacity of Dreams” presents a lively picture of a purported national festival on words.

Written by journalist turned lawyer Biraja Mahapatra, the book perhaps would fall in the genre of its own as it calls for certain actions through educational institutions and religious institutions across the country for nation building purpose.

The idea is simple. Let all students write a pledge in their mother tongue on a piece of paper and obtain signatures of their parents on it. The campaign would involve 90 crore people without any expenses. Let it be a national festival with religious institutions creating a symphony by use of drums, conchs, sirens etc to usher in that appointed time and let it involve masses to join the rendition for peace, love and harmony.

Mahapatra says in the book, If Constitution Day (November 26) is prelude to such an effort, perhaps a national day for bringing all religious institutions and educational institutions together for heralding peace, love and harmony in the country is not far off. Mahapatra heads a civil society team named Build India Group.

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, following suggestions made by delegates of the civil society, had instructed in 2016 that all students across the country should as a part of their Constitution Day activity should discuss their fundamental duties as enshrined in Article 51A of the Constitution.

Mahapatra says that a pledge on the foundation of fundamental duties has already been drafted in almost all official languages with uniformity in contents and pledge in 15 official languages is already in circulation.

The book comprises eight interesting chapters i.e. The Little Republic, The Great Indian Faith System, Nationalism Grossly Misunderstood, The Era of Bullet Train, Call of Duty, Answer to Terrorism, Symphony of Harmony and Audacity of Dreams.

The book, published by Authors Press, was released by Delhi High Court Judge Justice Sanjiv Khanna, amidst presence of noted Gandhian and Rajya Sabha MP Sh A V Swamy, All India Congress Committee General Secretary Dr R C Khuntia, former Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs Dr Amarendra Khatua and Navy veteran Visist Seva Medal awardee and poet Commodore Dillip Mahapatra. Publisher and CEO of Authors Press offered vote of thanks.

Dear Citizens

LET US COMMIT TO BE GOOD CITIZENS

Dear citizens,

The government of India has declared November 26 as the Constitution Day.

Perhaps very few people know its significance. Most people would say that the Constituent Assembly had adopted the Constitution of India on this day in 1949. This came to be enforced on January 26, 1950 which we commemorate as the Republic Day.

But we would like to emphasise that November 26, 1949 is the most significant day in the history of this country. Our people were subjects in their respective kingdoms under the kings prior to Independence. After the British left, our kings formally joined the Indian Union.

Few moments before the constitution was adopted in the Constituent Assembly , the people of India were declared as supreme and sovereign owners of this country on November 26, 1949.

This is the reason why the preamble started with “WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA” and the last line read “IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY, this 26th day of November, 1949 do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION”

But hardly any effort has been made in this country to tell the people that they being owners of this country have a responsibility to protect, preserve and promote it in their own benefit.

Therefore, we few volunteers of Build India Group, a registered civil society in Delhi, undertook a responsibility of reaching out to educational institutions to spread citizenry consciousness with Article 51 A of the Constitution of India as its foundation among students and youth since 2008.

It took the colour of a celebration called Pledge Festival which many educational institutions organised along with us on the third Saturday of January every year. We thought of a day and not a date as we wanted that it must not coincide with any individual’s birthday or martyrdom day. We believe that the country is bigger than any individual.

Keeping in view the bad weather conditions, we thought of November 26 as a befitting day for this purpose and since 2012, started demanding with the government to declare this day as the Citizen’s Day or National Pledge Day.

The pledge has been drafted and circulated by us since 2010 in 15 languages keeping in view the spirit of Article 51 A of the Constitution. We drafted it in all languages in the simplest possible format as illiterate people can understand the contents of it.

With this pledge, we have done several experiments. Earlier we had a write-recite-commit protocol. Students were writing the pledge, reciting them in unison in a charged ambiance in the schools and putting their signatures on their solemn documents.

This country has over 30 crore students right from primary school level to the 12th standard. Imagine if students write the pledge and obtain the signatures of their parents, what could be the outreach?

It would involve at least 80 crore people. When a student writes the pledge, he internalises the content. When parents sign it, they wish to know the contents. Hence it leads to a discussion at home. It is a simple step forward but imagine how meaningful it is.

This is one more experiment of Build India Group to promote oneness- one India- indivisible forever.

If you like this idea, kindly join us in this exercise and share with us the experience. We will certainly value it as true citizens of this country. That is our commitment.

2017-11-03 National Water Convention

Invitation for National Water Convention

‘Water conservation and river rejuvenation for drought-free India’

Dear Friend,

Namaste!

As you know, we all met in Bijapur Karnataka on August 16-18,2017 where we brought people working on water and environment of 101 river basins of the country on one platform. During this national convention, we held detailed discussions about water, environment and river rejuvenation for three days. Delegates from across the country accepted the fact that the climate change impact is aggravating day by day. While on one hand, many parts of the country are struggling with floods, on the other, many places are continuously witnessing severe droughts.

Farmers and labourers are being badly affected due to the changing weather patterns. The effects of unfavourable weather conditions are continuously worsening. Due to the intensifying water-crisis, people are forced to migrate from the rural to the urban areas. The villages are left with no scope for employment and livelihood and now, the rural populations are also being deprived of water. As such, people are looking for ways out from this crisis. So far, both the government and the society have looked careless to find a permanent solution to this situation.

Today, India is witnessing 10 percent more drought and 8 percent more floods as compared to the Independence period. Most of the rivers in the country are flowing at their lowest-strength. In some regions, the issues of droughts and floods are so grave that people are finding it extremely tough to survive. Government, society, voluntary organisations and other civil society members need to come together and work to reduce the magnitude of the destructions due to floods and droughts in these regions. In this context, a national water convention is being organized on the subject, ‘Drought, famine and river rejuvenation’ at Khajuraho in Bundelkhand on December 2-3, 2017. The convention would see the participation of political leaders, bureaucrats, social workers and others who would brain-storm for making the roadmaps to find long-term solutions for the issues like droughts and floods.

The national event is being organized in the most deprived regions of the country, Bundelkhand. This region is suffering from severe climate change challenges for the last two decades. This national water convention is being organized as a part of the series of programmes being undertaken to make India drought and famine-free by fighting the climate change problems.

The food and accommodation to you all would be provided by the local Bundelkhand people. You are kindly requested to bear the expense of the travel on your own. Please, mark the above-mentioned dates in your journal and ensure your presence in the national event at Khajuraho.

Thanking you

Yours

Rajendra Singh

Waterman

Sanjay Singh

National Convener

Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan

Mobile: +91-9415114151

Registration Link: http://psss.jaljanjodoabhiyan.org/forms/registration/

Venue
Shilpgram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471606  .

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Preparations for CD 2017

Citizenship Day will be celebrated across India on 26th November 2017. In preparation for this, we are planning to:

  • Release of new book Audacity of Dreams
  • Launch of new website
  • Create PACT platform to meet our Education Goals
  • Make a model Society in one other city than Delhi before taking it across India
  • Promote Pledge Festival and Aikyataan.

Symphony of Harmony

Team BIG Meeting held at India Islamic Cultural Centre on May 12, 2017 to form Strategy for “Ekya Taan”, the “Symphony of Harmony”, the pilot programme in Delhi involving all citizens to say “No” to terrorism and violence with sounds in Unison.

Aikyataan was successfully conducted on 9th July 2017 in apartments across Delhi.