British Asia News Network
London: The Former President of India, respected Late Shri APJ Abdul Kalam had quoted: “We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with our heritage.”
It is with this vision that Inspiring Indian Women (IIW), has engaged with children to create a 'Little India' within London. Ardent members of the team, along with Rashmi Mishra, the Founder of IIW have organised an event to celebrate India’s Republic Day at the Zoroastrian Centre, Rayners Lane on the 27th January with the younger generation.
Titled 'Hamara India aur Hamari Hindi' the Republic Day celebration is focused on instilling values of patriotism in our future generation. 117 children have registered their interest so far and Harrow is gearing up for yet another show of patriotism with dances, speeches and dramas by young participants.
The activities for the children will include the ever-popular fancy dress competition, depicting role models like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Jhansi ki Rani and Savitri Bai Phule; spreading the message to educate girl child. There will be music and dance performances based on the theme of ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ and short drama-skits.
Rashmi confirmed: “the mayor of Harrow Cllr Kareema Marikar, has kindly consented to be the chief guest of the day. The Indian High Commission will be represented by Ms Kiran Khatri, Second Secretary (Economic and Public Diplomacy). Among the special guests are Ms Lakshmi Kaul (Head, CII), Ms Purnima Raval and Mr Satya Minhaas (MET Police).
Apart from the ‘chillar party’, around 15 women entrepreneurs will be showcasing their businesses at the event.
The group has been celebrating Republic Day for the third consecutive year and feels that the event is gaining popularity and growing bigger over the years.
Instilling patriotism for one’s country does not have to be drab; it can be done collectively with fun and creativity and IIW is a step closer to reaching that goal through this initiative. The ticket costs for adults is £1, while the children get in free of cost. Looks like a complete ‘paisa vasool’ show in the coming months.