Sare Jahan Se Acha Hindustan Hamara! City/DK Gearing Up for I-Day Celebrations
Mangaluru: Indians have celebrated 71 years of independence with much fanfare. The end of the British colonial rule in 1947 marked the creation of two independent states – Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. Independence Day, on August 15, is celebrated widely with flags hoisted in schools and colleges, and at government buildings and major landmarks. This 15th August Indian will mark its 72nd Independence Day. For all Indians, including Mangaloreans, Independence Day is a day to remember the people who fought the Britishers and gave up their lives to free the country from a foreign ruler. India’s freedom struggle was a hard-fought one and Independence Day is the day to pledge and to protect the unity and integrity of our country.
Independence Day is a national holiday and is celebrated with much fervour across the nation. Parades are held in all state capitals and district headquarters to celebrate Independence Day. Indians across the country also hoist the tri-colour to mark the day. Many also fly kites, sing patriotic songs and exchange sweets to celebrate Independence Day. On the eve of Independence day, the President addresses the nation in a televised speech. On Independence Day, the Prime Minister greets the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi. Independence Day is also a day to reflect on our country’s current state and its achievement after it was freed from the British rule in 1947. And for that Mangaluru/Dakshina Kannada is all gearing up for the Big 72nd Independence Day Celebration at Nehru Maidan on Wednesday, 15 August commencing at 9 am.
Rehearsal for the March Past/Parade took place this morning, Monday, 13 August from 7 am onwards at the Nehru Maidan, under the supervision of Vittal Shindhe- of Commander Armed Police/Karnataka State Police, the Parade Commander for the DK I-Day parade. Members of Reserved Armed Police, Civil Police, Traffic Police, KSRP, Women Police, Home Guard, Fire Brigade, Forest Department, NCC Army, Navy, Air Force-both Seniors and Juniors, Scouts and Guides, Bharath Seva Dala, and a bunch of students from various schools participated in the rehearsal, which was meticulously carried on by Shindhe. The Compere for the rehearsal was Umesh KR from Mangaluru.
The flag hoisting on 15 August I-Day celebration at Nehru Maidan will be done Minister U T Khader, with chief guest, MLC from Udupi Kota Srinivas Poojary, the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council. Guests of honor will be MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MCC Mayor Bhasker K Moily, MCC Commissioner Mohammed Nazeer, Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil, Police Commissioner T R Suresh, other Head of Police Department, all MLA’s of Mangaluru/DK, including Dr Bhasker Shetty and Vedavyas Kamath, the Mangaluru MLA’s and heads of district administration.
After the parade, and UT Khader and Chief guest’s speech, there will be cultural programme lasting for an hour. There will be also a cricket match played on them Nehru Maidan, organized by Karavali Cricket association. In the afternoon, from 3.15 pm-4 pl, the City Police Band will entertain the crowd with their melodious patriotic and other tunes, at Town Hall, followed by Cultural programme by students of various institutions, featuring patriotic songs, skit etc. So keep your day free on 15 August, and celebrate freedom, RAIN or SHINE?
This on this Independence Day, take a minute or two to thank for such a precious gift. Take time to cherish your life and your motherland. Not forgetting the sacrifice made by our heroes who have made this day a reality. Feel the pride of being the part of such a glorious nation. Be the cause of unity, fight against corruption and flair the flag of our nation. Let’s salute the martyrs for the sacrifices they made and thank them for giving us our today. Happy Independence Day 2018 in advance from Team Mangalorean!.