Happy Republic Day. I am happy to meet you all after a long gap on the occasion of Republic Day. Republic day is the day when we remember and honour the day in which the Constitution of India came into force, ie. on 26th January 1956. Independence Day and Republic day are two prominent national celebrations. While the former has to do with the celebration of free India, the later has to do with the adaptation and coming into effect of our own constitution.
India is a nation where festivity is very much part and parcel of its fabric. But the sad reality is that day based festivity is short lived. If we talk about campuses Republic Days are marked by good opportunities for students to exhibit their talents and thoughts in the form of art, music, drama, dance, exhibition and so on (leave alone whether they subscribe to them or not). Some students prefer to stay at home and take a good sleep. While others will be interested in festivity in its real sense. They will take motor-cycle Tiranga (Tri-colour India flag) and shout loud slogans. This festivity may also end up with alcohol consumption and fight at times.
All festivity goes in the air just on the following day. Nation on the air, ones whims and fancies rules daily activity. For the progress of our nation we need to progress from one day patriotism to having patriotic attitude every day. Celebrations on the republic day should not be mere lip service but they need to be powerhouse for implementation of the lessons learnt from and about constituition.
Constitution of India talks about 11 fundamental duties of every Indian citizen. I would like to draw your attention to the 10th fundamental duty as per our constitution. If in case you would like to go through all the fundamental duties you can see it here: http://mhrd.gov.in/fundamental-duties. 10th Fundamental duty goes like this:
“to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement”.
This point of our fundamental duty is very important for a student. If our nation is not progressing well, improper shaping and molding of students is one of the prominent reasons. I would like to show case an obvious Indian scenario. There is a student who is very patriotic on the republic day and shouts all sorts of patriotic slogans and reveres the Indian national flag and is in full high of his celebration on the Republic day. But the very next day on, he bunks his classes. Finally during exam time they will pressurize their teachers to somehow help them get minimum attendance and they pass the exam some way or other. The student was on the high of his patriotism but is he striving towards the excellence in all spheres? If this is what he is practices during his student days what kind of work culture and productivity can we expect from him? How will our nation rise to higher levels of endevour and achievement?
It is high time we have to grow beyond one day patriotism. I definitely believe Independence day and Republic Day celebrations are very important. But the values remembered on that day should be implemented 24 X 7.
Why is it that our students that our students do not study from the perspective of nation building?
Why growingly “chalta hai attituide” is driving our students and not commitment to studies?
An ancient Scripture said ” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Don’t you think a renewd mind and pure heart is imprtant for our students to ” To strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity, so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavor and achievement”. What can fecilitate this?