Geeta Solanki Chanda Gehlot Vimla Vaskale young tribal women from Alirajpur and Khargone districts hoisted the flag at Barli Development Institute for Rural Women during Independence Day celebration on 15th August 2009 in the presence Chief guest Pro. B.Y. Lalithamba, Registrar, Akhil Karnataka Hindi Sahitya Academy, Banglaore. and Institute Director Dr. (Mrs.) Janak Palta McGilligan, Manager Mr. Jimmy McGilligan.
Dr. Janak McGilligan while paying tribute to father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, and the Martyers Bhagat Singh, Aazad Rajguru and freedom fighters Lala Lajpat Rai, Kasturba Gandhi, Sarojani Naidu, Laxmi Bai on India's 62nd Independence Day, she remembered all those great leaders and Indian citizens who sacrificed their lives and contributed towards the freedom of Mother India from British rule. She also stated that the youths of today are leaders of tomorrow therefore they should be united to eliminate illiteracy, corruption, crime, disease by working together irrespective of caste, colour, religion or gender. She appealed to the tribal girls and women to arise to shoulder all these responsibilities and give moral leadership to the country. Explaining to them the importance of Indian Constitution, she said that we have some fundamental rights but we should also remember that we have some duties towards Mother India. 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 Pro. B.Y. Lalithamba addressed the assembly and highlighted the importance of Mother Nature in our lives. She spoke about the role of every citizen of the nation in preservation and restoration of depleting natural resources. We should realize the importance of non-conventional energy resources like solar energy. She further spoke about the role of every individual to help to control the pollution in water, air and soil. Independence can be compared with a bird, which can only fly when there is no disparity on the basis of caste, creed and race. Let us all come together and take a pledge to fight against discrimination.
100 people participated including all the staff and trainees. 28 villages of Dhar, Alirajpur, Khargone, Badhwani, Dewas and Harda districts of Madhya Pradesh and from Bihar, Orissa and Chattisgarh.
After the flag hoisting trainees Miss Suman from Khargone, Miss Beenu, Miss Neetu and Miss Jyoti from Bihar, Miss Madhusmita from Orissa sang patriotic songs in Hindi, Bhilali and Oriya. Trainees from Khargone and Alirajpur also presented group songs in Bhilali.
Mrs. Dhedi Bagdere programme officer conducted the programme and Miss Vijayshree gave vote of thanks.
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. All the trainees enjoyed the live telecast
programmes of Independence Day celebrations from Delhi, different parts of the
country including Madhya Pradesh as well as in Indore.