Trainee of Barli Development Institute for Rural Women celebrated the Indian Independence day on 15th August 2010 with great enthusiasm. The flag unfurling was done by the trainees Binda Chouhaan, Kaali Chaungar and Gamti Ningwal from Alirajpur district. These three tribal young women are physically challenged. The objective of this special honour is to empower these women. Flag hoisting was done in the presence of Chief guest Father G. O. George, Director, Satprakashan Communication Center, Dr. (Mrs.) Janak Palta McGilligan, Director, Mr. James R McGilligan, Manager and many other guests.
Dr. (Mrs.) Janak McGilligan, Director congratulated all on 63rd Independence day. She remembered all the great Indian freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Sardar Patel and many Indians who sacrificed their lives to free the country from the British rule. Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi led the non-violent peaceful freedom movement and showed the whole world the path of peace and non-violence. Time has come that all the country has to be united to end poverty, injustice, inequalities and corruption. Women should be empowered through education so that they can raise educated children with moral values. India has got its own constitution. In the constitution we all have fundamental rights, laws and duties. She said that Barli Institute is inspired by Baha'i Principles and according to Baha'i teachings we all should be loyal to the laws of our country and must obey the laws of the government. If we are not faithful towards our nation then we cannot be loyal towards the God.
Chief guest Father G. O. George said, “We are all part of Mother India. Mountains, rivers, oceans, and trees we are all included in it. We should all contribute together for the progress and prosperity of Mother India. As the rocket moves high similarly the Barli Institute gives such energy to the trainees so they can move ahead and soar to great heights. It good to see confidence and brightness in your eyes.”
Presiding over the function Pro. B.Y. Lalithamba, Registrar, Akhil Karnataka Hindi Sahitya Academy, Banglore said that Independence day is such a national festival belongs to everybody irrespective of gender, religion or community. It is together celebrated by all. In our country we have unity in diversity and Gandhi ji has taught us to live together. When we all live together our country will progress and prosper.
In all 140 people participated including all the staff and trainees. 47 villages of Dhar, Alirajpur, Khargone, Burhanpur and Indore districts of Madhya Pradesh and from Uttar Pradesh. All of the trainees enjoyed this very special day in their lives. For most of them this was the first time participation in such an event. Special guests were Mr. David Curtis & Mrs. Sophie Curtis from England and Miss Heidi Wiley from America.
After Flag hoisting trainees Miss Mamta Solanki, Savitri Jadhav, Anita Chouhan, Kiran and Laxmi from Khargone, Miss Rangeeta and Miss Guddi Nargawa from Alirajpur, Miss Tara Parmaar from Indore sang patriotic songs in Hindi, Bhilali and Nimari. Ritika Parmanand from Uttar Pradesh said that Tricolour is the symbol of honour and dignity of our country. We should respect it. It teaches us unity, peace, faith and harmony.
Mrs.Taaru Jamre, trainer conducted the programme and Mrs. Dhedi Bagdere, programme officer gave vote of thanks.