On this occasion, HT City decided to speak to the youth of the region in order to find out the significance of Republic Day for them and their plans for this day other than rejoice at the fact that it is a holiday. Do they prefer to switch channels when a live telecast of the President addressing the nation is beamed on television and discuss how best they could take advantage of a bonus day off from work! Or, do youngsters actually take pride in their country on January 26 every year.
OBAMA’S VISIT TO INDIA A PROUD MOMENT
“As always, I’m looking forward to watching the Republic Day parade on television. US President’s visit to India makes the celebrations all the more grand. It is a proud moment for our country, and reiterates our responsibility towards the nation and ignites patriotism. I look forward to following Obama’s on Republic day through social websites and television.”
Judge Singh, 21 yrs, student, DAV College, Amritsar
“Most of us will be glued to our television sets to catch a glimpse of US President Barack Obama’s presence at the Republic Day parade to be held in Delhi. We cannot afford to miss it as after all for the maiden time a US President is coming to India as a chief guestf for the R-Day celebrations.”
Swaranjeet Singh, 21 yrs, student, PAU, Ludhiana
“I have no plan to celebrate Republic Day as such although I will be watching the parade on TV as President Barack Obama will be a part of the celebrations.”
Kriti, 19 years, trainee at Frank Team, Chandigarh
“I plan to be part of the Republic Day parade in Delhi. Many of our friends are also planning but let’s us if we make it possible. The only thing is worrying is the security and huge rush expected in Delhi due to Obama’s presence.”
Akashdeep Singh Beniwal, 22 yrs, student, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana
LET’S MAKE BHARAT SWACCH
“Being an Indian, I realise the importance of Republic Day and thus on this day I wish to take a pledge to be able to contribute at least in some form to my nation. I wish to make my country “swacch”.”
Neha Sharma, 21 years, resident of Amritsar
“Students of my school along with staff members hoisted the tricolour and took a pledge to keep India clean (Swacch Bharat) to mark Republic Day celebrations. A huge rangoli was prepared by students. Our principal Sangeeta Singh highlighted the importance of freedom. She encouraged us how to become responsible citizens of the country.”
Suhani Devgan, Class-10 student, DPS, Amritsar
“A special morning assembly was organised in our school where principal Neera Sharma we all took a pledge that we all will be true nationalists and contribute in some way to our nation and the society we live in. The celebration also included a mesmerising piece of patriotic song. This year, the US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebration in Delhi and indeed we all are very excited to see him on news channels.”
Nitigya Chugh, Class-12 student, DAV Public School, Amritsar
FOR FRIENDS, WITH LOVE
“I’ve arranged a special dinner with my friends to celebrate Republic Day. Most of my friends stay at different places, So, I thought of arranging a special dinner as it would be great occasion to have a get together and celebrate Republic Day in a unique way as this also epitomises freedom in a way.”
Amber Bharti, 20 yrs,engineering student, Jalandhar
I will go to the parade ground to mark this day and then visit the Sector 17 market with my friends.
Soumya Pant, student, GCG College, Chandigarh
LET’S CATCH A MOVIE !
“Last year, my friends and I were at the Guru Nanak Stadium in the city to be a part of the Republic Day celebrations but this time, we will hit one of the cinemas to get entertained.”
Shubham Batta, 22 years, student of International Institute of Fashion Designing, Ludhiana
A TRUE CADET
“I was associated with NCC during my school days. So, I have to do something special on this day. I will wake up early to watch the Republic day parade on TV and then hang out with my friends, visit a mall and even purchase the national flag and enjoy. It is a holiday at the end of the day.
Hitesh sharma, 22 yrs, student, DAV College, Chandigarh
(Compiled by Aneesha Bedi, Divya Sharma, Parampreet Singh Narula, Rameshinder Singh Sandhu and Usmeet Kaur)