“A Happy New Year”,
make any difference to our New Year,
other than renewing social bondages?
Why not replace our wishes with some concrete steps
to make this world a better place?
A little action may be better
than thousands of wishes.
Let each of us make a New Year Pledge to contribute
towards elimination of
Hatred of other societies,
on the basis of
On the 1st day of January 2012,
I will complete 81 years of my life
and at the beginning of my 82nd year,
I pledge that:
My age will not deter me from hard work
towards achieving my mission.
Now that I have relatively less time
and more unfinished work,
I will work harder.
I will follow in the footsteps of
Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Faiz
to strive for peace and harmony.
I will endeavour to eliminate the rote system
by encouraging inquisitive and analytical minds.
I will propagate information and knowledge
for a well informed mind to make better decisions.
I will donate all my savings and future earnings
for the service of humanity.
[My cadaver has already been donated
for transplant of organs
and for any other medical purpose,
without going through any so called ‘last rites’.]
Rashid Latif Ansari
(Thank you Rashid Bhai!)