71st Republic Day Celebration

  • An awakened India, begins not with, ‘what has my country done for me. But with what have I done for my country?
  • An awakened India, with its citizen filled with the character of human excellence, charged with truth, a sense of selfless character to help others?
  • With sacrifice, sacrifice and sacrifice for my family, my friends and most of all my country!
  • It’s the day of celebration of our becoming an independent republic.
  • The day to rejoice at the achievements of all our national leaders who struggled to pave the way to our becoming a democracy.
  • The day to look upon the various colours of the national flag and exalt it in all its glory.

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As we celebrated the 71st Republic Day of our nation, the whole ambience and aura of Victorious Kidss Educares, an IB World school, at Kharadi, Pune, was charged with intense patriotism. There were parents, teachers present with pride and yet with tears of belonging ~~ of being an Indian! To honour this day, the school’s premise was splendidly decorated with tricoloured crafts, hangings. The whole campus of Victorious Kidss Educares was echoing in full capacity as our honourable Chief Guest Air Marshall P L Pingale Sir, VrC, PVSM, AVSM, VSM& Bar; entered with President Sir Robbin Ghosh and Principal Ma’am Saarada Ghosh and proceeded to the dais to unfurl the national flag. While everyone stood in reverence of the National Anthem, played by our school choir. Everyone saluted the tricolour whilst feeling proud of motherland’s rich cultural heritage and history, followed by a rigorous march past by MYP students.

Significance of Republic Day For Our Children

In 1950, after losing numerous battles, our nation finally won the war against the tyrannical dictatorship of both British and Indian Kingships. Our divided and misled masses, were finally stabilized with a Constitutionalized Democracy led by legendary Masters like Dr B. R. Ambedkar, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, B.N. Rau, Maulana Azad and many more. For this was the year, our country installed our very first Constitution into action which also turned out to be the largest in the whole wide world. So as to instil that sense of pride and honour in our children, we celebrated the 71st Republic Day of India at Victorious Kidss Educares (VKE) with more zest than ever. Although India got freedom from British rule on 15th August 1947, it was on 26th January 1950, the day when this constitution was adopted. Since that day, we are rising from the ashes of poverty and illiteracy ~ induced by British and other Colonial power and stand tall with our heads high, proud of our progress and filled with dreams for our future!

Reading of the Preamble of Constitution
As per the orders of the Maharashtra Government, the Preamble to the Constitution was read in Marathi and English.

The program started with Bharatnatyam dance performance by Gayatri Sahaay, on “NamoNamoBharathambe” signifying glorious India. Second, in the row, was a powerful skit was presented where Dr B.R. Ambedkar, the Father of the Indian Constitution showing the scene where he was invited to a Round Table Conference along with other dignitaries who discussed and implemented constitution. The skit enhanced the feelings of the undying spirit and vision of those who took up this humongous task of framing the Constitution amongst the audience.

To commemorate the epoch, a patriotic fusion song was sung by the school choir, which left everyone breathless and enthralled. Everyone was betrothed as those beats, those melodies and enthusiastic voices refined the atmosphere with patriotism.

Next in row, we had the formation of a pyramid that conveys what it takes to build a democracy, how the revolutionaries of the 1857 war of independence revolted, got creased but their dream to make a constitution for a free nation was neither crushed nor lost. In Dec 1946, the constitution formally started to take shape and Indian citizens became aware of their rights. The country became a republic with a parliamentary democracy. The pyramid reflected the theme profoundly, One nation and each one for the nation. It was followed by the talented dancers of Victorious Kidss Educares who will give a glimpse of the multifarious cultural fabric of India and left everyone foot tapping.

Speech by Chief Guest

Air Marshal PS Pingale joined the National Defence Academy in 1958 and was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF in 1962. He saw active service in the Indo-Pak war 1965 and was awarded Vir Chakra for gallantry. He was trained in USSR on Mig 21 aircraft and is one of the pioneers on this aircraft. He spoke about his inspiring experience and reflected on the need for a school that teaches life skills. He congratulated Ghosh Sir on the developing brilliant kids at VKE by coupling IB with Vedanta.

School President Sir’s Speech

He put forth the importance of spiritual calmness with a simple story of the ocean wave which finally understood the meaning of ‘becoming one with the ocean’ and attained enlightenment. He also entertained the masses with a fun story of ‘The monkey and the farmer’ whilst guiding us with the moral wisdom of ‘Letting go of things’ i.e. ‘importance of detachment in human life’. He truly believes in our school’s philosophy, that “Every Child Matters” and leave no stone unturned for the same. He concluded that IB is similar to the Vedantic style of teaching, where it’s not the content, but a concept that is explained and skills are developed in children, to make them successful in life.

His inspiring speech was enveloped with a quote from Bhagavad Gita by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, ‘God talks with Arjuna’ – Chapter II, Volume I, Verse 31, Page 246,

“India the conquered would conquer her conquerors in the 21st Century”. He said, “Our students are the people, who will bring that change”.

The event concluded with a vote of Thank The event concluded with everyone realizing the love for our Nation we always nurture in our hearts, as it is the bond of love and dignity that unites us all as ‘Indians’. This day is marked as a reminder to always stand up for the truth and fight against falsehood, at all times, to protect the dignity of our national emblem which holds the morality of our nation inscribed as “Satyamev Jayate”. As a society, as a school and as a parent, it is our rightful duty to imbibe such morals in our children to help them become the indispensable Citizens of this Incredible Nation!

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