Republic Day Speech
Sybal N D'Britto
An inspiring speech for students on the occasion of republic day.
Today we all have gathered here to celebrate our republic day. Let me tell you the importance of this day. As we all know on 15th of August 1947 India became Independent however at that time we were not capable enough to run the whole nation so a constituent assembly was formed, which included Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. This constituent assembly prepared our constitution which came into existence on 26th January 1950 i.e. 2 1/2 years after independence. So one can say that, on this day we became truly self dependent.
Every year we gather in large numbers to pay our tribute to our brave freedom fighters & to show our love for our motherland, that is a very good thing. But does it end there? Now this is a question to the students. Are you proud of your country? Do you love your country? Only during cricket match isn't it? Unfortunately our patriotism comes out only during matches, and all other times we are busy fighting amongst ourselves in the name of religion, region etc. If you ask this question to today's young generation, you'll find many of them complaining that India is a poor country, dirty country with corruption everywhere. But why is it so? A country is made up of its people. If people make it dirty the country is bound to be dirty; if people are corrupt, country is corrupt. So who is responsible? We are responsible. If we are responsible then shouldn't we do something? We should all go and join army, isn't it? NO. We don't have to go anywhere. We can stay right here and do a lot of service for our country. If every citizen of India observes his/her duties properly no one can stop our country from progressing. As students what are your duties? To take care of public property (when you travel in trains & buses, or you go to parks , you must keep these places clean) , you should help senior citizen & those younger than you, but what is your most important duty- to study sincerely. I am sure all of you study hard at least when exam is near. But from today onwards I want you all to study not because teacher says so, not because parents say so. You should study to gain education, to become a good citizen tomorrow. Because when all individuals become educated & self sufficient , the country becomes rich.
One more important thing I want to discuss with you students today. Tell me one thing? If suppose your house is not as big as, as clean as your neighbour's house? What do you do? Do you run away from your house and go to stay at your neighbour's house? No, you try to do something about it! Then why do you run away from your country, your motherland? We say very proudly that more than 50% NASA scientists are Indians but do they really care about India? With so many scientists of Indian origin why don't they think of starting a NASA standard centre in India itself? I really don't think any of those Green-Card holders cares at all about India. This is what is called as "Brain- Drain". Every year India produces batches of Top class Doctors, Engineers & other highly qualified intellectuals. Of these most run abroad & settle there. That is why India has suffered in the past. Now its time to put a stop to this. And it is for you students to decide whether you want to stay here and serve your people or you want to run behind money?
Have you heard about a recent book by the renowned economist Mr. Raghav Behl? The book "Super power" had created a lot of controversy amongst economists. In the book he describes India & China to be in a "hare & tortoise race". He says India is the tortoise which has been moving slow & steady but will be eventually winning in this race. He has predicted in this book that few decades down the line India will emerge as a superpower. I sincerely hope that when that day comes, each one of you will be able to say that I have contributed to India's success! I am responsible for India's progress. Jai Hind! Jai Bharat!
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