Children who are taught to be proud of their country will grow to make the country proud of them.

Independence means freedom

We need to make our children realise that freedom bestows both rights and responsibilities. They are free to direct the destiny of their nation. And they need to use this freedom to make a genuine difference.

Instil Basic Civic Sense

We are free to criticize our filthy roads and uncontrolled traffic. Teach them that we are also free to dispose of our trash carefully, park our vehicle with more concern and follow basic traffic rules.

Let them contribute through education

‘Each one, teach one’ or the ‘literacy mission’ are our missions too. Let the child start by imparting elementary education to servants or nearby slum children.

Inculcate social responsibility

Take them to SOS villages, blind schools or nearby ‘Nishkam Centres.’ Allow them to donate money, things, time, and efforts in small ways and make their own contribution.

Celebrate Freedom

Greet people with a rousing Vande Matram on National Days. Proudly fly the flag and wear National Colours. Make it a point to watch the parade or the PM’s speech together.

Remind, lest we forget

1946, 1962, 1965, 1971, 1999, tell them, tell them again and again, show them films, read from books, so that the sacrifices of those who ensured our freedom remain alive in the heart of every generation. That is our biggest responsibility.

Sudha Gupta

Mrs. Sudha Gupta, Chairperson of Mother's Pride Pre-School and Presidium Senior Secondary School, is a sought-after expert on parenting.

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