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Republic Day celebrations at Pankhudi Delhi

First of all a very happy 62nd Republic day to Pankhudi parivar from Pankhud Delhi team. This year Republic day was very special for us, cause rather than sitting at home, watching the grand Republic Day parade on television, we decided to take the kids right to the place where it is held, to personally make them feel what our country is all about- the rich culture, the fight for freedom and the larger-than-life display of our capabilities. And it was totally worth it as it turned out to be a terrific event for everybody including the volunteers.

All of us assembled at the slum at around 6:45 a.m. It took sometime to organize the kids who were brimming with energy and excitement. We were 10 volunteers, 25 kids(we took the older kids only), 3 teachers from the slum and mothers of two kids. We started from the slum at 7:45 and by 9:30 a.m. we were seated. Kids were made to sit right in front and we were seated few rows behind.

The event commenced with lighting of Amar Jyoti by the Prime Minister, then flag hoisting by the President and singing of the national anthem by all of us. It was such a patriotic moment for the crowd present. A streak of jet planes colored the sky with colourful patterns and showered rose petals on the spectators which was beautiful.

 Then started the impeccable parade by the jawans from all the branches of defence which were followed by the dazzling showcase of missiles, radars, tanks and other equipments of defence that demonstrated our military prowess. We were in total awe after seeing them in real life.
 
The various jhankis by states and central government’s departments and ministries like DRDO, Indian Railways, Health Department, Education Department etc. showcased the varied historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the country.  There were dance performances by school kids to represent the ”unity in diversity” aspect of India, but only for the VIPs. :(
 
And as it is said, they save the best for the last. There came the DAREDEVILS. We could see a man standing on an automatically driven mobike with his hands folded. It was such an amazing sight. This was followed by a few more motorcycles on which men were standing one over another. Their synchronized stunts took our breath away. It was an out of the world sight. These people are record holders at national and international level. They truly matched up to their name THE DAREDEVILS. The kids were thrilled to see them.
And then came arguably the best part of the show. A spectacular fly past by the IAF planes which comprised of Sukhoi and MIGs. The three Sukhois disappeared into thin air after parting their ways in the sky while flying upwards and left us wanting for more.
 
It was so exhiliarating to be part of the 62nd republic day parade in person, cheering for the jawans and performers and shouting slogans to glorify our country. This was the best Republic day that could ever be and we couldn’t have asked for more. The end of the show was marked by tricolor-balloons flying high and disappearing in the sky.
The kids loved the show as it was a totally new thing for them as well as for us. They were flying the tricolor high. It was a great time to increase their knowledge about our nation and we are so glad we organized this trip for them. We distributed biscuits and samosas to the kids and by 1:30 we were back in slum.
 
By the end of it we were totally enthralled and could not be prouder of the legacy that is India and of which we are so lucky to be part of.
Jai Hind!
The link to the web album is: http://picasaweb.google.com/pankhudi.pictures/PankhudiDelhiRepublicDayCeleberations#

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