Pune: This year will mark the 69th Republic Day for India, but people, particularly the youth, are not planning to celebrate it. They want a better India for all, even for foreigners visiting India. Sakal Times sought their views on the issue.
We attend the flag-hoisting in our society every year. However, I feel there will be real freedom if we free ourselves from casteism, regionalism and communalism. Also, talent is not appreciated. There is the will in us to progress in life, but we are not encouraged to go ahead.
- Tanvi Bothara, student
For celebrating Republic Day, we should create an environment where each and every person should be happy and fearless. The situation in Kashmir is worse. My friend from Kashmir told me that they prefer to stay indoors because there is a curfew-like situation across Kashmir.
- Pradnya Nikam, student
India has rich culture and tradition, but recent incidents make us hang our heads in shame. Cases of rapes, murder, protests, inequality and such issues are restricting the nation's growth. This is not going to stop unless people get proper education and have a sense of responsibility towards our nation.”
- Vishal Jagdale, student
Whenever elections are held, we vote for a positive change in India. But even after 69 years, no such change can be seen. The crime rate has not decreased. There is inequality. Talent is not recognised. There are fewer job opportunities. The rich are getting richer while the poor are becoming poorer.
- Neha Jagdale, student