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New Year pledge to serve the nation

- Organisation holds oath-taking ceremony on first day of 2013, releases card

All ringed in New Year with parties, they did so with a pledge.

A group of people from Jharia, Dhanbad, took the oath to rise above petty issues of caste, creed, religion and language and espouse the dharma of patriotism on the first day of 2013. The oath-taking ceremony was held under the banner of a social organisation, Institution for National Amity (INA), at Peace and Joy School, Jharia, around 3pm on Tuesday.

INA, which came into existence at the initiative of some like-minded youths of Jharia in 1999, has been organising the oath ceremony for the past 14 years. This year, the programme kicked off with all members of the organisation and guests, including students of various schools, politicians, social activists, members of chamber of commerce and NGO workers, observing a one-minute silence to pay tribute to those who died in natural disasters across the world.

The group also promised to not indulge in corruption and take effective steps to control population and prove to be “a true soldier of the nation”. A unique New Year card with the oath inscribed on it was also released.

Dhanbad MLA Manan Mallik, who was the chief guest, said the rest of the country should learn a lesson from this programme and do something constructive on New Year day.

President of Jharia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mani Shankar Keshri, septuagenarian journalist Bankhandi Mishra, acting president of Jharia Coalfield Bachao Samiti Ashok Agarwal, local councillor Sumita Dutta and others were also present.

Rajni Kumari, a Class XI student of Carmel School-Digwadih, who attended the ceremony, said, “There could not have been a better way to celebrate New Year than to take the pledge to serve the nation.”

Explaining the aim behind organising the oath ceremony every year, Pinaki Roy, an alumnus of Visva-Bharati, Bolpur, who played a pivotal role in formation of INA, said at a time the nation was making progress, there should be concerted efforts to inculcate the feeling of patriotism in the masses so that they can also contribute to the progress. “Such programmes like taking an oath in the name of the nation offers a chance to propagate values for which our forefathers have laid down their lives,” Roy, a teacher of Jharia, added.