All of us know the textbook answer to the meaning of Republic Day, but what does this day mean to the young mind that was neither there during the struggle of Gen X or the struggle for development of Gen Y? These post-millennials give us their take on this day of patriotism and their opinions of India in the present and future. Speaking of what the day means to them and what changes they would like to see in the country, they give us a perspective different than the one we are used to.
As an 18 year-old Indian, Tanika appreciates the diversity in our country. “The freedom of expression we get to exercise here is exceptional”, she says. The 12th grader from Indus International School who is planning to major in psychology observed that it would help greatly for our future, as a country, if the Indian society was more broad-minded and managed to get rid of discrimination based on skin colour or religion, completely.
Ira, a 9th grader from Chirec International School said about Republic Day, “I look forward to watching the Republic Day Parade on TV every year”. Her mind strays to the freedom fighters and the hardships they faced to bring us freedom. She takes pride in being an Indian after learning of how far we’ve come as a country in the last 70 years.
The 9th grader from Sancta Maria International School gushed about the dances, skits, and celebrations in her school on Republic Day. She observed, “This day makes me realise how we are all part of a bigger picture and must individually work towards creating a future for ourselves and the country as a whole.” The teenager added that she would like to see a decline in the crime rate and poverty in India in the coming years.
The 13 year-old, also from Chirec International School, talked fondly about the flag hoisting and cultural programs they have in her school. On Republic Day, Krisha is grateful for the freedom we have in our country. On being asked what kind of change she would like to see in our country, she said “I would be really happy if poverty could be eradicated, and all children could be educated.”