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Republic Day celebration by Jwalamukhi children.

Republic Day celebration by Jwalamukhi children.

Aug 26, 2014

Republic Day is usually celebrated by children by attending a flag hoisting cerem ony in school or building and returning home.The rest of the day is a holiday to relax, play watch cartoons. Sometimes not a moment is set aside to give a thought or two to the significance of this special day.

But this was not the case with the Jwalamukhi children from Sanjay nagar, Bangalore.
A bus load of children , parents and volunteers arrived at Samarthanam Kannada Medium High School, HSR layout, Banglalore , smartly dressed in Jwalamukhi shirts and caps .Samarthanam School run by Samarthanam trust is an integrated school where every class has regular children from extremely poor background and children with various disabilities put together. Jwalamukhi children had lunch together with Samarthanam children got their face painted with tri colours and were ready for their special event of the day.

Promptly at 4 pm all the children ( Jwalamukhi and Samarthanam kids) were ready with banners, slogans and band to take a rally out around BDA complex.Energetic patriotic slogans rent the air. The band and the slogans brought the people out of their homes to hear the messages the children had to give. Children wished the onlookers “A Happy Republic Day” and gave them a small visiting card size handy card with important helpline numbers .

The rally culminated at the BDA complex where the a special presentation of song, dance and significance of Republic day was given by children. In an interactive session , the onlookers were asked what according to them posed a huge problem in Bangalore-water, pollution, traffic, garbage or corruption. People were requested to make small changes in their ways and work at finding simple solutions themselves first.

Jwalamukhi child Samriddhi Shenoy , who was doing the interaction with everyone, reminded people to think of their duties too even as they enjoy all the rights our constitution gives us citizens.t this day, the day our constitution was formed in 1950.

Friends, let this be an auspicious day for us to make a good beginning – to change our attitude to the way we look at issues around us .
Lets make a difference and not remain silent spectators!

Happy Republic day!

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