The pledge in English reads, “we the people of India today do solemnly pledge ourselves to the service of our nation; with honesty, sincerity and commitment always keeping our nation’s interest paramount in all that we think do or say for the greater glory of this land”. The exercise also includes students giving a written commitment in their mother tongues that, “we reject violence, we promise to keep our environment clean and tidy and we promise to be good citizens“.
Pledge drafted in 17 languages i.e. Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Telgu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Manipuri, Santhali and Kashmiri besides that of English are already in circulation across the country.
On the appointed day, students do recite the pledge, already signed by their parents, in unison in a charged ambience and affirm the handwritten document by appending their signatures on it. The exercise takes along with it various cultural activities i.e. dance, drama, songs, poster competitions, debates, essay writing and collage making etc. on nationalism as the theme.