As India celebrates its 59th Republic Day Saturday, some small screen celebrities share their feelings and vision for the country.
While Sakshi Tanwar of Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii says she is proud to be an Indian, actor Ronit Roy hates being out of the country for more than three days.
Ronit Roy (Kasautii Zindagii Kay): I have been all over the world but have never been more comfortable there for more than three days. I love my motherland India. India is currently on the brink of becoming the largest economy of the world and I am very proud to be an Indian. Somehow, not many feel genuinely for the country and this deters them from doing anything for the nation. We are a large population, but sadly, only a small percentage of people are working towards development. On this Republic Day, let's start feeling for the country.
Jay Bhanushali (Kayamath): Republic Day is a very important day for every Indian. We must respect our nation and our flag. On this day, all members of my colony come together and hoist the flag. This year, we have planned to celebrate it differently. We will be organising a special cleanliness drive to encourage everyone to keep the city clean. Various school students and college students will be joining us and I will be joining them in this noble endeavour.
Gautami Kapoor (Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thhi): This day makes me feel very patriotic. I feel very proud to be an Indian. My daughter is very young and her school asked the children to be dressed in Indian attire on Thursday to celebrate the special day. It makes me happy to see schools make an attempt to educate children about the relevance of this day and instil in them a sense of belonging for their country.
Sakshi Tanwar (Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii): I am proud to be an Indian. India has made a strong mark on the international map slowly and steadily. I would like to wish all the citizens of India, a very Happy Republic Day.
Ketki Dave (Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thhi): Even though our country got freedom many years ago, for me, the country will be a free country only when actual freedom prevails. That will only be when the villagers and rural population of our country will be free from the clutches of poverty, illiteracy and other issues. The day this happens, I would truly celebrate Republic Day.
Rajashree Thakur (Saat Phere): My vision for India on this Republic day is that it should become a corruption free country. I wish every person to be treated equally. India is still a developing country and the way it is progressing, I hope our free nation becomes a developed nation very soon.
Rakshanda Khan (Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thhi): Over the past few years, India has only witnessed progress and the entire credit goes to the people of the country. I feel the people are headed towards the right direction. The graph of progress is on an all time high and I hope it continues to reach the top!
Karan Patel (Kasturi): I think India is a wonderful country and its independence was our greatest achievement ever. The greatness of this country is in the unity of its people and I hope it continues to grow forever.
Panchhi Bora (Kayamath): Being an army kid, I have always seen Republic Day celebrations very closely and they are very special to me. This day gives me a feel good factor and reaffirms my sense of being free. I wish all Indians a very Happy Republic Day.