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A day of national pride or just a holiday?

education Updated: Jan 26, 2012 00:20 IST
Hindustan Times
Republic day

Does Republic Day evoke a sense of pride or is it as just another holiday? Young Delhiites speak.

Mansvi, 2nd year DU student, 20
Our Republic Day is unique as compared to other countries. Hence it gives me a sense of pride. I feel proud to see the military entourage on display at the parade.

Harnoor, 1st year DU student, 19
Due to all the political chaos in the country, this day has lost its meaning and attention for me, which it once deserved. I will sit at home and, may be, watch the parade.

Karan, school student, 18
For me, it’s just a holiday as we get a day off. Due to the changing times, one does not enjoy watching the national parade on TV anymore, as it’s banal. What’s new?

Tina, 1st year DU student, 18
One feels a sense of pride on this day as we pay respect to our armed forces, regardless of the political mayhem. The day also gives us a reason to feel good about the country.

Ritika, 2nd year DU student, 19
For me it’s a holiday which I would enjoy by sitting at home. Over the years, the day has become more of a holiday to be enjoyed rather than a day where we all Indians feel a sense of pride.

Dixita, 2nd year DU student, 19

The annual parade showcases the diversity and unity of the country. We feel a sense of pride and it is also a perfect occasion to pay respect to our unsung heroes.

Sahil, school student, 18
For me it’s just another day as there is nothing new to look forward to. When we were kids we used to enjoy watching the parade on TV, but now it’s just a holiday.

As told to Abhinav Verma