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Stand up and deliver

Asin, Bollywood’s hottest property, writes on what it means to be a young Indian on Republic Day.

entertainment Updated: Jan 26, 2009 17:21 IST

The day is a reminder of the fact that our country has retained its democratic identity, principles and integrity despite attacks and calamities — man-made as well as those wrought by nature.

Republic Day is a hark back to the foundation of an independent nation bestowed with a constitution which affords equality for all.

No one can forget the flag hoisting ceremonies in one’s school and college. At home, we would be glued to the TV sets to watch the parade at India Gate, Delhi.

Vote power
At one point, I wanted to join the civil services to contribute to public welfare. If destiny had not pulled me towards acting, I would have hopefully cleared my civil services exams.

As a young Indian, I am proud of the fact that all those who have reached the age of 18 can participate in the electoral process. That is why it is imperative for every young Indian to cast his or her vote.

I completely agree with the Jaago re ad campaign on TV. .that many of us young Indians need to shake off our lethargy, wake up, stand up and deliver. It’s very easy to cringe and whine at home when our netas don’t take the right decisions. So how about ensuring that the people we trust are voted into power?

Almost 50 per cent of the Indian population comprises men and women in the age group of 15-45. When I’m asked about young leaders whom I look up to, I can’t really think of anyone except the late Rajiv Gandhi. I was a child when he held the reins of the country. He was a charismatic leader.. someone whom a kid like me idealised.

Big issues
It’s no point grumbling about slums and poverty. Our immediate concern should be for children — and specifically for the eradication of child labour. A domestic servant makes her under-teen kid also work at homes to contribute to day-to-day living.

Basic education and health for children need to be on the immediate agenda of the powers-that-be, particularly in metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.

Every proverbial drop in the ocean helps. The money you get from selling newspapers, books and magazines every mother to a raddiwala as well as change from every day expenses could be given towards the education of the child of your domestic help.

Attention needs to be paid to the education of the differently abled and mentally retarded-children. And please whatever little welfare work we do, let’s just add a little more to that today.. and voluntarily so. It’s our day, Republic Day.

First Published: Jan 26, 2009 15:29 IST