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Pledge and Hedge

March 15, 2009

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Pledge is the word that gives me jitters. Way back in school, I remember a pledge we used to take : “All Indians are my Brothers ❓ and Sisters 😯“. Yeah, we were stupid enough to take the pledge. And more importantly, our Principal was stupid enough to make us take that pledge (Yes, he was married).

Now I think, maybe the reason wasn’t some population control measure. I guess, back then, there weren’t any fancy pledges around to really attract any attention. Hence, we were stuck with the only pledge that our Government gave us – even if that meant making every girl our sister!!

Come home now, and pledges seem to have become a phenomenon. Atleast thats what everyone seems to be doing.

Thrown out of job? Take a pledge to fight against unemployment.

Saw a dog being chased away? Take a pledge to fight for animal rights.

Saw a criminal being killed? Take a pledge to fight for human rights.

Been cheated by a hooker? Take a pledge to fight against prostitution.

Ahh.. Now you are done and you can go off to sleep peacefully.

(Recently, after the Mumbai terror attacks, a publishing house started their pledge ceremony against terrorism with much fanfare garnering more than 100,000 pledges. The result?? Last checked, it seems to have disappeared from the main page and only came across it after searching for it specifically. And don’t ask me what happened of the people. Some are taking a new pledge to vote :-P)

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2009 6:46 am

    Thatz an absolute rocking satire man.. These news channels take on the politicians. But who will take on these news channels… πŸ™‚ Why dont we take a pledge against news channels ?? πŸ™‚

    • Ankit Agrawal permalink*
      March 15, 2009 12:56 pm

      What are the politicians there for!!

  2. jopolitesse permalink
    March 15, 2009 11:59 am

    Wow, ALL Indians? ALL????? Every single one? That’s a lot of people. And one or two might be real jerks! That’s an awfully huge thing to make children pledge.

    So, do you still believe it?

    • Ankit Agrawal permalink*
      March 15, 2009 12:55 pm

      Haa.. Never believed it then also :-P!!

  3. March 15, 2009 10:04 pm

    Pledges really have become a gimmick more than anything else. Honestly, what happens to all the pledges that we take, within like a week of taking them??

    • Ankit Agrawal permalink*
      March 16, 2009 3:32 pm

      They are forgotten, and its time for a new pledge!!

  4. March 16, 2009 2:45 am

    nice like the article
    for tv channles they are for sell

  5. March 16, 2009 4:09 pm

    (guy version from school) all indians are my brothers and their sisters!

    i do agree we need a new pledge

  6. Ankit Agrawal permalink*
    March 17, 2009 7:01 pm

    @sm, @tangerine
    I am glad i made my point..

  7. April 10, 2009 12:27 pm

    That pledge was put in place for some reason. It was supposed to bring that feeling of oneness among us. But it had become just a ritual without any meaning.

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