Republic Day: Celebs express their love for the country

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 26, 2016 17:22 IST
India is celebrating its 67th Republic Day today. (L-R) Sushant Singh Rajput,Arjun Kapoor and Yami Gautam.

As India completes 66 years of being a democratic republic we ask young actors what they’d like to see improved in the country.

Sushant Singh Rajput: The love for the country is a beautiful thing but why does it have to stop at borders! There’s a stark difference between what we know and what we think we know, but I hope and pray for the best.

Yami Gautam: India’s part of my identity. We fought for our freedom, we understand what we have today. I hope we become one of the top leading nations and progress on all fronts.

Arjun Kapoor: The first thing I aspire for is that our education system reaches down to each and everyone in the society. We can make it free of cost till a certain level.

Shraddha Kapoor prays for all on R Day. (HT)

Shraddha Kapoor: I hope India flourishes and we all grow together. I see the country progressing in education, technology, business and in every other aspect.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra: Whenever I think of the Republic Day and the sacrifices made by our freedom ­fighters, ­singing the National anthem is the first thing that comes to my mind.

Dino Morea: Well, (R-Day reminds me of) ­holiday for one, because in school we used to look forward to this day. Then we studied about the constitution coming into effect on this day and how important it was.

Vidya Balan: I remember the flag hoisting in school, and it used to be exciting to watch the Republic Day parade on TV ... such colour, splendour and unity!

Rishina Kandhari: We have grown up ­­considering August 15 and January 26 as the most ­patriotic days for Indians. I am reminded of the tricolour and the progress we have made as a nation.

(L-R) Rishina, Rashami, Raveena and Vidya Balan. (HT)

Rashami Desai: Freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and Chandrashekhar Azaad come to my mind when I think of Jan 26. They fought bravely for our freedom, and it is because of them that we are living a free life.

Manish Paul: My ­childhood memories are attached to this day. Since I am from Delhi, I get reminded of the parade at Red Fort, and how we would all sit together and watch the parade. My favourite are the motorcycle stunts Manish Paul.

Raveena Tandon: It is the Day when the Indian­ ­constitution came into effect. On the Republic Day, the first thing that comes to my mind is that we must respect the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the country.

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