Students of Vivekdeep were waiting with all eagerness to celebrate the 70th Independence Day. After hoisting of the flag and national anthem, two students spoke about the importance of the day. The audience was surprised by the patriotic fervor and enthusiasm of the speakers. Thereafter, the group song ‘aao bachcho tumhein dikhayen’ charged everybody national pride. Then it was time to remember the martyrs who laid down their lives during freedom movement. It was done by reciting some of their famous quotes. A skit based on an incident from the life of Gautam Buddha beautifully presented how we should get rid of prejudice, forgive our enemies and move ahead. Not surprisingly, it was highly applauded. Then it was time for reciting two famous poems, firstly of Shri R. N. Tagore ‘Where the mind is without fear’ and then of Pt. M. L. Chaturvedi ‘Pushp ki abhilasha’. Two students, who have passed out of Vivekdeep, caught the attention of the audience in an engaging conversational manner. It was their reminiscence about their learnings at Vivekdeep and expressed their resolve to carry them forward for years to come.
The whole atmosphere was so charged with nationalism that one of our guests offered to sing the very famous ‘aye mere watan ke logon’ impromptu and left an emotional note reverberating. Then it was time for our President, Shri Rajib Roy to take the dais. Shri Roy explained that the urge for freedom should be deep within us. He beautifully exemplified this statement by several incidents, where young boys and girls could overcome insurmountable problems only because of this urge. He also cited the need for all of us to break ourselves free of prejudices and attain freedom in true sense. Shri Roy hoped that Vivekdeep would continue spreading its message and transforming many lives for years together.
The celebration ended with the group song ‘sare jahan se achcha’ in which all the students enthusiastically participated.