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Looking to the future …

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… is the only way to go, this day. Merely resting on the  laurels of our recent and distant glorious past, and some of the questionable and deeply debated parts of our history too, cannot take us forward. It’s the norm. Cliche though it be, the answer is what the future represents, and what we have with us, to take this country forward. The youth, the children, but of course. They are the greatest strength we have, and yet the weakest link, if not groomed, honed, and melded, and forged with the steel of resolve, to do the right thing, to not be swayed by the innumerable wayside lures and shortcuts to life. Is that going to happen?

Any school would be that melting pot where it can at least take frail wings, and if nurtured and followed up, a certainty of the success will follow. And while we seem to focus only on three or four days in a year to do that… THAT… to surround them with the colour, noise, and festivity, so that they remember something, anything, I still believe there is a chance that some hearts will be forged with that resolve of steely determination.

Today in school, we had the Independence Day celebration, as usual. I went with a heavy heart, and the weather seemed to echo the pall of gloom in my heart, which was filled thoughts of the families of the crew of the INS Sindhurakshak. How does one celebrate when the Navy and the families of the crew who are missing are mourning? But, as someone put it succinctly, life goes on. And we move on, from grief to hope.

DSC00463DSC00461At school, the atmosphere of festivity was infectious, and through the light shower that continued during the flag hoisting, the children stood steadfast, without a murmur.

The activity for each child that day was to make their own tiny tri-colour to don, on their uniform. I was lucky and got three 🙂

The tricolour display I carried around :D

The tricolour display I carried around 😀

The top, a printout of the sort we wanted to make for our class, finger painting; the second and third given by my students – in fact the third one is finger painting. The venue for the rest of the programme was the major auditorium where a patriotic song competition, a dance and a skit were to be performed, apart from the usual speeches that children give.

It was then that the tiny spark of hope, for me, flickered into a flame. One I hope will be fanned into a steady fire of love and deep sense of duty towards our country. I do have the faith. I hope they find it too. As the next hour unfolded, I was able to take a few pictures and videos of the performances. A couple of them are shared here.

The youngest group, with their song impressed me, for the lyrics, which bespoke of the hope I nurture, that the youth, these very children hold India in their heart and their hands. May they find the strength to nurture too.

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I’ve only got a part of their song,  the lyrics that I created in the google transliteration page 🙂

देखो करम तुम्हारी
हर्गिज़ न डगमगाए

रस्ते बड़े कठिन है
चलना संभल संभल के

इंसाफ की डगर पे
बच्चों दिखाओ चलके

यह देश है तुम्हारा
नेता तुम ही हो कल के

तन मन की भेंट देकर
भारत की लाज रखना

इंसाफ की डगर पे
बच्चों दिखाओ चल

Translated to mean:

Make sure you never waver
While doing your duty

The path ahead is difficult
Tread that path with care

O children show how you can walk the path of Justice

For yours is the Nation, and you are the leaders of tomorrow

Keep up the honour of Bharat
With the gift of your body and mind
(By giving your body and mind)

O children show how you can walk the path of Justice

For yours is the Nation, and you are the leaders of tomorrow

Do excuse the translation which is at best a weak reflection on the powerful words of this song!

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The dance performance is by slightly older students, innovatively choreographing and enthralling the audience. With just a few days of preparation; the support of the PE teacher; ideas galore; creativity unlimited; favourite songs thrown in for good measure; there is hope for us, that the spirit is young, it is energetic, enthusiastic, and hopefully these colours will imprint in their hearts, for their country!I thought I had  taken the video, as they performed for the audience, only to find that I got carried away by the performance and forgot to start the recording. Grrrrr… I am SO mad at myself. The good thing was that there was still hope 🙂 (that word again!) and I got them quickly to do it again, immediately before they had to leave. So while it might seem a bit down,it really was an awesome performance!

And then, the fervour of ‘Go Back Simon’, with the youth of a long time ago, agitating against the Simon Commission.  Even though there was a bit of fumbling, the less than 10 minute skit sketched the entire period effectively.

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In the final count, yes, I do believe we have a future, and it is bright. However, till then, we have to deal with what we have, the best we can.

Jai Hind.

15 August 2013

It’s now a happy day. For some very special reasons too 🙂

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Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

10 thoughts on “Looking to the future …

  1. wow, very nostalgic to see all these programs here. The truth is I don’t think there were anything more than patriotic song competitions and some speech competitions on Independence day in my time. But I do remember being part of those, singing Jay Jan Bharat , Mera Mulk Mera Desh etc..and of course Malaylam Speeches.

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  2. Usha it is a treat for the senses to hear the patriotic song. The performance by the children is awesome. The patriotic fervor and zeal is so evident in the students. We can foresee a bright future for our country in the children. There is so much turmoil. turbulence and uncertainty today but we can see a ray of hope in the children. May God bless them.
    I am very happy that we are not only name sake but also are from the same profession.

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    • Usha Ma’am, thank you very much for your encouraging response to the children’s performance. I’ll certainly draw their attention to it. Glad too, of the resonance as far as our profession goes, just as you are! Thank you for your kind words, once again!

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  3. Weel written, Good piece
    While on this please read my post – An “I” Day ode !!! http://wp.me/p1dZc2-gN
    Feedback most welcome !!!

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  4. Impressive Independence Day in your school, described very nicely by a justifiably proud teacher!

    I loved the concluding optimism, tempered by realism: “In the final count, yes, I do believe we have a future, and it is bright. However, till then, we have to deal with what we have, the best we can.”

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    • Thank you Proactive Indian. The realism is something one has to face on a daily basis no matter how strong one’s optimism is. Short cuts will most often take precedence in the rat race we have, and the easiest thing is sacrifice values, not honour them. Still, I am optimistic because I refuse to give up. If I can make a difference I’m darned well going to try, even at the risk of walking out on that limb that will surely be chopped out. I know of outstretched hands and the scaffolding of empathetic souls that will break any fall. And that, again, is what I hope the little ones can weave, and yet have the strength to hold on, and empower themselves and others who might fall. Amen to that.
      Thank you once again, for the hope I read in your blog posts too.

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