October 23, 2014

Season's greetings, 'Clean India' Campaign, blog review offer

Happy deepawali to all our blogger friends and other visitors. For non-Hindus, let us explain this occasion a bit. Deepawali is a Hindu festival of lights and its spirit is to fill all human beings with light in their lives. We wish your life full of light: prosperity, good luck and wisdom.

ITB's small contribution to 'Clean India Campaign' and a blog review offer to bloggers

We have updated the terms on the suggestion of a blogger friend, so that such blogger friends can also participate who do not want to write a pledge on their blogs as this does not suite their subject.

India's PM, Narendra Modi, has been taking a number of grand initiatives and seeking public participation in such initiatives. One of these, in which everybody can participate, is Swachh Bharat or Clean India Campaign. Those of us who have seen filth in Indian cities and villages alike will understand why this campaign is so so important.

Indian Top Blogs would like to contribute to this initiative, in a small, bloggy, way. For the next few weeks, we are generally free from compilation of various blog directories, so we'd initially run this campaign for one full month - from 23rd October to 22nd November.

You can participate in the campaign if you are:

  • a blogger who'd write a pledge on his /her blog. In that case, follow the guidelines below and we'd review your blogs.
  • a blogger who does not want to write a pledge on his / her blog. In that case too, we'd review your blogs if you follow the guidelines below.
  • not a blogger. In that case, just write a pledge to help clean your surroundings in whatever way, by making a comment on this very post. We value your support too.

The pledge need not be so difficult that you will not be able to honour it. In fact, it could even be a small commitment to inculcating the sense of cleanliness among those around you, e.g. teaching your children not to throw wrappers and polythene bags anywhere other than dust bin / trash can and pick up every bit of trash that they create during picnics.

To participate in this campaign as a blogger, you just need to do the following:
  1. Create a good post on your blog on any aspect of cleanliness. Better if it is informative. 
  2. Somewhere in the post, add a small pledge to contribute to keeping India clean. 
  3. Somewhere in the post, do also mention that you are contributing to the Clean India Campaign of IndianTopBlogs. Do link this to the present post on ITB ( http://www.indiantopblogs.com/2014/10/diwali-and-clean-india.html ) so that more bloggers know about it.
  4. Send the URL of that particular post, by making a comment below. Please do not forget to include your email ID in the comment as we'll use this email ID to send blog review to you.
  5. Another task, which is totally optional: If you like, you can ask your blogger friends to participate in the campaign. Ask these bloggers to also write in their comments:'I was encouraged to participate in ITB's Clean India Campaign by .....[Your blog /email ID]'
  6. If you do not want to write a post on your blog, you need to write a pledge as a comment to this post as given in the screen shown here. However, you will need to give URL of your blog and write a pledge on the comment itself.
Blog review giveaways from IndianTopBlogs
  1. We'll do quick review of all blogs that participate in Clean India Campaign as per the above guidelines. Our quick reviews will bring to your notice some aspects of your blog that need to be improved.
  2. We'll do detailed blog review of 3 top posts . [Remember our highly acclaimed blog reviews that we carried out during 2011-13?] We'll send the reviews in confidence to email IDs of winning bloggers.
  3. We'll also do detailed review of blogs of bloggers who encourage other bloggers to participate. You get one detailed review for every 10 blogs that participate in this campaign due to your efforts. We'll send you an email at the end of the campaign period asking you to send us the names of blogs that you want us to review in detail.
Now some terms and conditions
  1. We'll accept multiple blogs from a blogger but will review only one blog in detail if more than one of his / her posts are adjudged the top posts. 
  2. However, we'd review more than one blog of a blogger if he / she  encourages more bloggers to participate in the campaign. For example, a blogger whose post is adjudged one of the top posts and makes 20 other blogs to participate gets 3 detailed reviews from us.
  3. There is no limit to quick reviews of the same blogger's blogs.
  4. We'll announce the top posts and top referrals in a post on ITB around 25th November.
  5. We'll keep the quick / detailed reviews of blogs confidential and not share these anywhere other than with the email ID given in the comment.
  6. Our critical comments in blog reviews are meant to be friendly advice given with the sole purpose of improving the blog. It should not be taken as berating of the blog.
  7. Cross-references (A giving the name of B, and B giving the name of A) will not be counted for blog reviews.
  8. Commercial blogs and blogs by institutions will not get reviews from us.
  9. Any post written before or after the campaign period will also not count towards reviews.
  10. Pledges made by copy-pasting others' pledges will not qualify for blog reviews.
  11. If a blogger does not want to be identified when his / her post is adjudged one of the top posts or he / she gets blog reviews by way of eliciting others' participation, he / she may write so in the comment itself. We fully respect privacy concerns of bloggers.


  1. Great!
    I want to participate but my blog has nothing to do with cleanliness. Can you review my blog if I make a pledge here? In any case, I will make a pledge, but if I get a positive answer, it will enthuse people like me to join your campaign without writing a post on their blogs.

  2. Blog: highheels4u.blogspot.com
    Email: smitamoga@gmail.com
    I pledge to keep my surroundings clean. I have taught my child to throw trash only in dustbins. I am asking my maid to be careful while cleaning outside our flat and not to spill dirty water or dust to neighbours house. I and my friends are going to set up a bin outside our lane.

  3. I Sharon, proud citizen of India commit that I will not throw any garbage/ waste on the road, street or in any public place but throw these only in a dustbin or location provided for the same.
    I shall also spread this message among all my near n dear ones.
    I request all Indians to join the "Clean India" campaign.
    I begin with MYSELF....
    Jai Hind

    sharon, www.thekeybunch.com

  4. Blog name: http://yogalearner.blogspot.in/
    Email ID: yogaadvice@gmail.com
    Yoga for Great Health!!
    I pledge to keep my city clean and to bring to notice of people when they dirty parks etc. I have been encouraging people to learn Yoga for their good health. I think of adding cleanliness to my advice.
    God bless you!

  5. I was asked by Smita to participate in the campaign.
    Well, I don't yet have a blog but I am creating one on fashion.
    My pledge is to not allow my boutique to spill over boxes etc outside into the street. I will also contribute to a fund that my neighbours are establishing to hire a sweeper to keep the entire lane clean. These municipal chaps are good for nothing and dont clean the lane but keep asking for tips on every festival and every month's beginning.
    Smita's email: smitamoga@gmail.com
    My email: supriyomukherjee80sm@gmail.com

  6. I wish to participate in the campaign.

    1. You are most welcome, Prabodh. Just have a look at the post above: either have a pledge here or on your blog. Thanks indeed.

  7. I am Piyali, one of your Facebook friends.
    I had a number of blogs which I could not maintain, so no blog for review.
    However, I appreciate your effort and congratulate you for trying it. People may not respond as they would find it cumbersome to write a pledge. If you had asked them to just like a Facebook page, many would have done that. So, don't get disheartened if not many join you.
    I pledge to not only keep my home clean and teach children the virtue of keeping the surroundings clean, but also help others in small or big endeavours of others in mobilising support for a clean India.

  8. Wow!
    Modiji wants media to participate in cleaning India. ITB, though a small social media entity and not a mainstream media house, was there before he made this appeal yesterday!
    Feels nice.

  9. We got this response from Shailaja, an avid Indian blogger, on email:

    I think pledges have a place but such ideas don't inspire me personally.If you are a thinker and a doer you speak, write, quarrel, argue, praise but don't equate in love meant with a cause by pledge- taking.That's like carrying a banner for an hour before going back to smoke.

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  11. my comment is right there...
    TheKeyBunchOctober 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM
    I Sharon, proud citizen of India commit that I will not throw any garbage/ waste on the road, street or in any public place but throw these only in a dustbin or location provided for the same.
    I shall also spread this message among all my near n dear ones.
    I request all Indians to join the "Clean India" campaign.
    I begin with MYSELF....
    Jai Hind

    sharon, www.thekeybunch.com

  12. Hello Indian Top Blogs Team,

    I am Jayanthy Kumaran of "Tasty Appetite" (http://www.tastyappetite.net)

    In response to your mail to participate in "Clean India" campaign I made a post in my website alongwith my pleade to the Noble Cause.


    Do check the link and acknowledge.

    Thanks & regards,
    Jayanthy Kumaran

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  14. Ms Shailaja has written another mail to us, telling about the two articles she has written in major newspapers about cleaning govt offices and open defecation:

    I have a blog and it is over2shailaja@ wordpress.com

    I have already done 2 pieces for Indian Express and Deccan Herald on cleaning government offices and on ways to evaluate the sanitation programme as related to open defecation.
    They are titled
    http://over2shailaja.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/cleaning-up-sarkar/ and

    I don't think I need to pledge anything as my contributions are like several pledges.
    I would be happy if you review my blog for free.I already know the stats and the breakdown so don't bother with that.

  15. My post http://rahulsblogandcollections.blogspot.in/2014/10/clean-india.html

  16. http://ashwanilohani.blogspot.in/2014/10/pledging-to-maintain-cleanliness.html

  17. please find my post: http://www.perfectskincareforyou.com/2014/10/5-ways-to-keep-surroundings-clean-five.html
    email id - perfectskincareforyou@gmail.com

  18. I was asked by a Facebook friend, Smita, to join this campaign.
    I take the pledge to keep my surroundings clean. I am not an Indian but I find people littering their stuff in my country too. I hate that and sometimes shout at persons I find doing that. I am glad to hear that your prime minister has taken this as a focus area. Great.
    Tamara (Chicago, USA)

  19. http://desiherald.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/swachh-bharath-abhiyan/

  20. Great!
    I want to participate but my blog has nothing to do with cleanliness. Can you review my blog if I make a pledge here? In any case, I will make a pledge, but if I get a positive answer, it will enthuse people like me to join your campaign without writing a post on their blogs.

    Emotions and Aftermaths

    1. Sure we will.
      It is this simple: Make a pledge here and get your blog reviewed.
      However there are more rewards and a longer association with ITB if you follow guidelines given in the post above.

  21. Udita Bhatnagar commented on http://indian-blog-list.blogspot.com instead of here: can i join if i am of indian origin but not indian?
    Yes, Udita, you can. We'd appreciate that.

  22. I feel proud to be part of such a great 'Clean India' movement started by our Honorable PM. I really appreciate Indian Top Blogs's initiative of motivating people to not only be part of this movement but also raise awareness. Right from my childhood i have been nurtured to keep our surroundings clean. If i see anyone throwing away garbage on road just like that, i pick up and throw it in dustbin. I pledge, i will continue to nurture my folks and kids in same way and teach them to keep our environment clean.

    P.S : My Blog is, http://www.alpsnailart.com/ Hope you will take a look and share your feedback :)

  23. Joining In, :D i make the pledge and have always worked on the same standards.

    Your review is really appreciated my blog is www.longingtravel.com

  24. Kailash Muni Ka BlogNovember 23, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    I shall pledge to contribute to cleaning India. For this I shall do two things: one, make arrangement to throw all flowers and other offer people give to temple near my gali. It gives bad smell and cows and dogs all the time visit this place. Number two, I shall put God tiles where people spit paan near the temple wall.
    You reviewed my blog earlier and I do not want to tell about that. I am sending review request in your email about my Hindi blog.
    Thanks in advance.

  25. I pledge. I pledge. I pledge. I will keep my surroundings clean. I will also not add to filth around me. I will stop if I see people throwing filth in public places. Please accept my pledge.

  26. Received on email from Nithi:

    I was drawn to your campaign by a blogger friend named Smi. I appreciate your effort in trying to help PM’s clean India campaign in your own way.
    I know that you will not succeed in a big way, as there is a basic reason why this campaign even by PM is not likely to draw much attention as against the cold bucket challenge. I give the link to those interested in an article discussing this, and I agree to what it is saying.
    Well, I must contribute to your campaign by making a pledge. I am a mom and it is my duty to teach good manners to my kids. I do that very seriously. I had focused on teaching them various types of manners, social etiquettes, having respect for others’ opinions especially keeping in view India’s cultural diversity, compassion and so on. Cleanliness was part of overall hygiene, but now I have decided to teach them how to lead by example and also politely request others not to make their surroundings filthy. I understand that in view of poor facilities even in cities, people tend to be self-righteous when it comes to taking the trouble to find a public toilet or trash can. I hope, more than me, my kids would contribute to keeping India clean.
    That is my two cents of a pledge.

  27. I pledge to Keep India Clean, by starting out in my own village and surroundings. I will not litter and will not allow to litter; I will not follow corrupt practices, neither will I encourage corrupt practices. I urge all fellow Indians to take this pledge too.

  28. Please review my blog post also for Keep India clean campaign.