Indian television stars talk about their childhood memories of Indian Republic Day.
Raqesh Vashisth – Each Republic day we had school parade. Each house had to present their special skills..since I was the captain of my house I mostly use to lead the parade..I was also in the school band.I still remember the pride playing the national anthem on the flute. That used to be a very motivating moment when whole class used to hear my flute with silence.
Piyush Sahdev – I guess as a kid I never understood the importance of patriotism or had any such thoughts except on 26th January and 15th August, when I would notice a lot of action all around me, Since I grew up in Delhi, 26th January parade was the highlight of the year for me, Indian air force would start rehearsing many days in advance for the parade, we would have lots of helicopters and jets circling the Delhi sky’s, they would sometimes drop papers with Jai hind written on them, which I would run with my friends to collect, we would mostly watch the parade on TV but one year my dad and mom took me to watch the parade, I was too tiny and everything was too colorful and overwhelming and big around me, I was awestruck to see the glimpses of different states and soldiers of different states marching in rhythm, that scene is still clear in my mind as a beautiful memory!
Tina Dutta – We used to sing song and do parade and it used to be combined with sports day competition. In the locality they used to have drawing competition and I always used to come second or third and beg the prize.
Samiksha Bhatnagar – 26th January is a day on which every Indian heart fills up with patriotic fervor and immense love for motherland. There are many significant memories because like most of us, I always used to watch republic day parade on the television with my entire family and used to ask my father each time to take me to the parade and he used to say you need to be there at rajpath by 6 am in Delhi chilling cold and Fog and promises to take us next year. The event begins with the Prime Minister of India laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, commemorating all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. Soon, a 21 gun salute is presented, the President unfurls the National Flag and the National Anthem is played. This marks the beginning of the parade. Then comes a skillful display of motor-cycle rides, by the Armed Forces personnel. I heard, US has asked for a no-fly zone over Rajpath on R-Day but India says no. Fly past is the most eagerly awaited part of the parade, put on by the Indian Air Force. The fly past marks the conclusion of the parade by showering rose petals on the audience in parade area and then comes the fighter planes of the IAF roar past the dais, symbolically saluting the President. I still remember, we used to run towards our terrace to see the fighter planes roaming across the sky. Its going be more special as US president Barak Obama will be with us on 66th Republic day of India. “Each day , each hour , each minute and each second makes me proud to be a part of a country called India and we are the Indians.�
Rishina Kandhari – My favorite part of the parade is the cops on the bikes. That’s the most exciting part. In childhood I had attended all the flag hoisting in locality and around I loved the goody box full of laddos and samosa be sandwiches given to all the kids. Later I joined leo clubs as a district Vice President 323G. And did a lot if social work for different NGO’s and use to distribute all the needy stuff like blankets books stationery etc to them on 26th January.
Janvi Vora – Being the head girl of my school it was a treat to be a part of this day and take responsibility with your principal and teachers and lead Your School mates In The parade . In my society I still do the flag hoisting arrangements and after the flag is hoisted sing one National Anthem. A small tribute to our nation.
Muskaan Mihani – In school I use to go and participate in all the activities and specially on the Republic day I would go and sing our national anthem since I was the monitor in the class and buy flags and keep all flags with me I collected so many flags I am proud to b an Indian in our building also we used get up early in the morning and go for flag ceremony. It’s a proud feeling.