I’m a proud Indian. The fact that I’m born and brought up in a democracy which treats all its citizens equally, gives them the right to vote and select their representatives is no less than an honour for me. Our Constitution confers upon us many rights and freedoms which come to us as a birthright as Indian citizens. No surprise then that Republic Day, the ‘birthday’ of our Constitution, holds a special place in our hearts.
There are some things that are synonymous with Republic Day. The getting up early and decking up in white or tricolour clothes for flag-hoisting, patriotic songs being played in every society since morning, excited children running around and proudly displaying their tricolour pins, bands or stickers, and most of all, the traditional and most integral part of this day, the Republic Day parade!
Is the significance of Republic Day limited to this though? Definitely not. How much do we tell our children about our Constitution? Do they know that even as minors they have rights? In a secular country like ours how do we inculcate qualities like tolerance, respect and acceptance towards other faiths and religions in them while they enjoy their own freedom of speech and expression?
I remember being driven to sleep every time I went through our Civics book. The bland way in which it was written paired with the equally mechanical way in which it was taught made sure I never put my heart into knowing why it was important to understand it. Like Trigonometry or Algebra, it was merely useless information that I was forced to retain. How wrong was I!
Like with other subjects can we not make Civics more practical-based to make it interesting? Activities like taking mock election sessions in the class, counting of votes, giving speeches or taking oaths can make children experience things closely. Taking a current issue suggested by them and having discussions about it in the class can improve their communication skills and sharpen their knowledge.
Updating our course books regularly with relevant real examples is also important. Our children deserve to have unbiased information about the working at the Centre and State level. This will be the first significant step towards making them informed and responsible citizens when they grow up.
As adults our minds and attitude can easily get sullied by the goings on in our country from time to time. Whether it is the Emergency or politically driven Hindu-Muslim wars of before or the blurred lines between radicalism and patriotism, beef ban or the silence of the ruling government on matters of prime importance right now, we feel wronged and in some way our angst and discontent boils down to our children.
It hence becomes imperative that we equip their minds to exercise their rights firmly and responsibly as and when required and take our country towards a bright future, isn’t it?
This post is a part of #Right2Write blogtrain initiated by Ruchie Verma from Wigglingpen. 13 bloggers have come together to share their views on Indian Republic Day. I would like to thank Shiwangi, for bringing this train to my station. I enjoyed sharing my personal views on why and how it needs to be taught to children. Taking this blog train forward, I would like you to meet Moumita.
Moumita Sen, a passionate writer who loves to capture every aspect of life and lifestyle through her blog www.socialdipper.com (Social Connoisseurs). Brewing fresh ideas, sharing personal experiences and expressing views about niches that life centres through her blog is the objective of this mommy blogger.