Republic Day: memories and promises
While for some it is a day to remember school memories, for others it’s a day to work on yourself and become a better Indian. Our telly actors share what Republic Day means to them.
Ssharad Malhotra: Back in school, Republic Day used to be a special day for me. The day was filled with various activities from flag hoisting to singing the national anthem. I was and I still love our national flag whenever I see the tricolour, there is an extra emotion I experience. I am proud of my country. Republic Day is certainly just not a holiday for me, we should all take responsibility to make India the best country in this world. And for that the first thing we need is unity. We must say no to corruption. I am a proud Indian and especially after portraying the great Maharana Pratap on national television, my love and passion for my country have grown by leaps and bounds, Jai Hind.
Mohammad Nazim : Republic Day, Independence days are important days to realise our patriotism towards our country and be concerned about our responsibilities. Every citizen of India is expected to be patriotic and respect the country’s history. We need to aim making India the most amazing and beautiful nation. Republic Day celebrations are important to bring out the patriotic emotions and remember our duties towards the nation.
My childhood memories would be going to school early in the morning and take part in our school parade. There used to be a special guest in the school for that day and we used to do long hours of rehearsals of our parade to make it perfect on the day.
Ansh Bagri : I have been very patriotic since my childhood. I still remember those Helicopters and jet fighters used to start flying all over Delhi, showering flowers and drawing the tricolour of our flag in the sky. We used to wait for one whole year to see all the colourful processions of every state which comes out on Rajpath road. I used to watch this live on television. I still try to watch the parade of 26th Jan on Doordarshan whenever I have some free time.
Sadly Republic Day, Independence Day is nowadays just a holiday for us, I as an individual try to do my work with lots of honesty and dedication. And I never bribe people for my work. I strongly stand by my values and ethics.
Tinaa Dattaa : I believe India has come a long way ever since the first Constitution was formed 70 years back. From enforcing numerous laws that would give each citizen a chance to be a proud Indian, to evolving and opening up to the thought of being a new age India that supports the growth of its citizens in every possible manner, we are only charging towards progress. While India has grown at each step, I feel we have also somewhere fallen back in taking those steps, especially when it comes to respecting mother nature and our surroundings. As a responsible citizen, I pledge to completely avoid the use of plastic in my daily activities while also contributing effectively to the ‘Swach Bharat’ campaign that was started by our Prime Minister. I hope several others, like me, also take this conscious step to make India a cleaner nation for its residents.
Arjun Bijlani : My Republic Day childhood memories are all related to my school. Republic Day school memories include early mornings in the school ground, our school principal used to flag hoist and after that we used to sing the national anthem.
The significance is huge. In today’s time when India is passing through a volatile phase, we should all take care to follow the laws. We are very casual when it comes to following laws. So, I pledge to make this a better place for all of us.
Shashank Vyas : One of my fondest memories of Republic Day is watching the live telecast of Republic Day Parade in Delhi. I used to wait for that, at that age I used to be amazed to see the power of the Indian Army and their expertise.
As an Indian, every day is an important day. We all lead a very stressful life and we have no time for practically anything. That’s a scar. This Republic Day, let’s make an effort to live a healthy and stress-free life.
Geetanjali Singh : This was the day when waking up early and getting ready for school didn’t seem painful, as we used to not have our regular classes. We used to show up in proper well-dressed uniforms on time for flag hoisting. The act of unfurling of the National Flag accompanied by our National Anthem which used to fill our hearts with a sense of patriotism was amazing. We used to pin the flags on our school uniform and flaunt our pride for the nation all day long. 26th January is not just a holiday, it matters a lot to me as for me the nation comes first and I am proud of my country.
Aniruddh Dave : The childhood memories which I have of Republic Day is when I was in school. We used to get chocolates and ladoos on that day. I was very good at cultural activities so every time we used to have a singing performance of a patriotic song, I would do it. I used to wear a soldiers costume and perform on ‘Mere Watan Ke Logo’. Other than that, I was always active in scout and guides, even for flag hoisting, I knew how to fold the flag and tie the knot. I used to put flower petals in it and fold it. It was my duty to do all of that at my school. Even in my buildings compound, I try and participate in the flag hoisting ceremony. In fact, I feel that everyone should do it.
Saurabh Pandey : My Republic Day childhood memories are from Delhi because it is my birthplace. Every year when Republic Day used to approach, we could see many jets and helicopters flying all over Delhi in different formations and sometimes jets would release tricolours and it used to look so beautiful. The whole day, we used to see 2 jets flying in the sky performing different stunts for hours. We used to sit down and look at it because it used to be very fascinating. The jets and helicopters used to not fly so high, so we could see it very clearly. It was amazing, sometimes I used to feel that I could actually touch the helicopter. It was very exciting.
Kishori Shahane Vij : When you are a child and during school days, Republic Day is treated as a holiday. There are generally school sports activities that are organized at that time. There used to be a flag hoisting and the teachers and the students used to sing the national anthem. They used to even distribute sweets and then there used to be speeches which were boring at that time. But, then as I started growing up, I started understanding them. Today the significance is really different as you know the history, you really respect the martyrs of independence who have sacrificed their lives to give us independence. You think of that and feel proud of soldiers who sacrificed their lives because of whom you got independence and you are enjoying freedom in your country.
Abhishek Tewari : In school, on Republic Day, I used to participate as a Pilot for the chief guest of the Republic Day parade. Our school has an army background so we used to have lots of activities like sports games, debates and plays. We also had NCC training. It’s a day of pride for all the Indians to celebrate. Its significance is timeless for me as it honours the day India became an independent republic.
Himanshu Malhotra : My Republic Day childhood memories will be watching the parade at home in the morning while having breakfast with my dad, mom and brother. There is not much we used to do. I have never been to watch the parade live, but I am sure that it is really good if you go and watch that in Delhi. So what I used to do is watch it on the TV and go out with my family for breakfast. It is a very important day because the constitution was formed on this day. There is definitely a feeling of patriotism that you feel on this day as well.
Moon Banerrjee : I remember the early morning parade during flag hoisting in school. Post that, we would look forward to the snacks and chocolate packets. All my friends and I would sit in the school ground and eat that together and then go home. Now, I kind of relive these memories by talking to my son about those days. I explain to him the importance of the day. Also, since it’s a national holiday, so I and my friends also meet up and celebrate the holiday.
Manasi Verma : We used to go to school for Republic day celebrations and used to sing the National Anthem, do march past and have a few competitions like debates. It was a pretty chilled-out celebration. Now, as an adult, I really enjoy seeing the Republic day parade on TV and I really wish that someday I actually get to go be there for it in Delhi and watch it in person.
Tarun Khurana : The memories I have of this day is celebrating in school. I always participated in the activities we had in our school. I used to sing national patriotic songs on the school stage, wearing a white kurta, holding our national flag. I remember watching the parade with my family on the TV. That was the most exciting thing. The significance of this day for me is to be independent and make our country more free and liberal in terms of growth.
Krishna Bharadwaj : Republic day reminds me of my school days. I think of the early morning patriotic songs playing in the neighbourhood, wearing all white on that day, taking flowers to school specially to put under the flag pole, participating in a lot of activities especially dancing and singing that would be performed in front of the chief guest. It was all so much fun. I used to look forward to Republic and Independence Day. I guess the more we get entangled in the struggle of our daily lives, the more we tend to lose the significance of such patriotic festivals. But that’s not a good thing. I wish we could also have flag hoisting on our sets, celebrate Republic and Independence day with the entire unit.
Rohitashv Gaur : My childhood memories are as such that I used to take part in NCC. I used to also take part in dramas on this day. Once people were laughing so much that I was not able to walk properly in the parade too. I was walking in the ground in NCC uniform and suddenly my friends saw me and started making fun of me. After that, I left NCC and I felt I am okay as a drama artist only.
Shivin Narang : I am from Delhi, so on 26th January, we used to get up early morning to see the parade. We used to see the balloons and the aircrafts as well, which was really fascinating. It was a very special day for me. We used to learn a lot about our culture and I always used to get motivated to do something good for our country. It’s a very proud moment to see where we all have reached throughout these years and how our country is progressing.
Sahil Khattar : My memories from Republic Day are of spending the day in school. We used to do a patriotic play and I remember we never had a holiday on Republic Day. It was a half day for us. Patriotism means you still work for the country and we did. We were spreading the message of patriotism across. I used to play the lead in most of the plays in school. We used to get refreshments as well, which was one samosa and one bread cheese sandwich which used to be more than enough. This day is all about the constitution and taking action. We need to stand up for our country. It’s not about asking ‘Hows the Josh’, it’s actually about proving and bringing about a change.
Sohit Vijay Soni : The meaning of Republic Day used to be different during my school days. There used to be a function at school and I remember doing plays and singing songs. The flag hoisting ceremony was special and I always used to get goosebumps. I believe today, the first thing we should do is to protect our constitution. The way Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has written it, we should keep that intact and follow it. There have been many cases in the past when people have disrespected our constitution. I find it unfair. This year we are also having general elections so my urge to all the political leaders is that they should also practice what they preach! And lastly respect the tri-colour, that’s our pride and asset.
Munisha Khatwani : My Republic day childhood memories are not very strong with regards to the Indian Republic day because I have mostly lived abroad for the first 16 years of my life. But after I shifted here, I have been to a lot of flag hoisting ceremonies and spent the day being thankful to the country and everybody who is protecting us and sacrificing their lives to look after us so that we can sleep in peace at home. So, a very big thank you to everybody in any special forces. Of course, Republic day has an importance although I was not really here during most of my childhood because I lived abroad but it definitely has an importance for me as well. It should be honoured and it should be recognised every year. Of course, it is a holiday and a day to enjoy your independence and freedom because it also reminds us of the day on which the constitution of India came into force.
Jasmin Bhasin : My Republic day childhood memories are of how we used to have a half day in school and we had to wear white clothes. As I was a house caption, I remember having to give a speech, then the flag hoisting and then, at the end, we used to get those bundi ke ladoo. So, these are the memories that I have. 26th January definitely matters because it’s the day when the constitution was formed. Any country can be free but it gets its identity when there are a set of rules written for it to function. I think India has one of the best and biggest constitutions, so it’s a very important day which all our generation should know the importance of and take pride in it.