So what relevance does this day have for us today? For some of us, it is just another national holiday, for others it’s the day when one would rather stay in the comfort of our homes than go for flag hoisting in schools, colleges and offices and for some it’s a day to make cynical comments on the government and the state of the country. I think we need to do a lot more – not by merely having cultural programmes, not by unfurling more flags, singing patriotic songs or delivering more speeches – but by instilling a sense of belonging and ownership in the common man – especially children as they are still in the age where their psyche can be moulded accordingly.
It is important to teach our children to take up responsibility towards giving themselves and their neighbor a better life; and the first step in this direction would be to guide them to take responsibility for their own emotions, speech, actions, failures and success. It is important not to let them develop a ‘CHALTA HAI’ attitude, not to let them foster a fatalistic view of life and not to get into a blame game when things go wrong. Teach them that honesty and generosity are the basic tenets which will go a long way in creating peace, harmony and success in their lives and all around them. Remember you are their role models. They are watching you every moment and emulating every action and speech. So you as parents have a much higher responsibility to give the correct exposure to your child.
Let us start working on these simple, basic principles with these young ones who are the inheritors of the world to come.