India’s 68th Independence Day Celebration

-Today is the 68th Independence Day of India. India has come a long way from being one of the poorest nations in the world to an emerging super power in the last 67 years. From a socialist state, India has moved towards becoming a free market capitalist economy while retaining some characters of welfare country. India gets Independence from Great Britain on August 15, 1947. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru becomes its first Prime Minister.

On India’s Independence Day, Tibetan Children’s Village School Gopalpur organized a function in the school. The Indian national flag was hoisted before the school hall to mark the day. This is the day for all the Tibetans to express our gratitude to the people and the Government of India for having given us political asylum and for their economic, social and moral support when we Tibetans are passing through the darkest period in our history.  Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom struggle against the colonial power has been an inspiration for Tibetans and following his foot step in achieving our freedom from one of the super powers of the world today.

On the evening of Independence Day, there was inter-class patriotic songs’ competition held from class VI through VIII. The SHO Police Station of Palampur has been the guest of honor for the program besides many local Indian invitees as guests for the evening program. The Indian guests were served with dinner before the inter-class patriotic songs’ competition. After the competition, winners were given away prizes by the chief guest and followed by speech from the guest of honor. Furthermore, the chief guest asked students to stay away from the drinking and smoking habits. He said that once you were caught in the habit of smoking and drinking, you won’t be able to get out of this habit. He also gave some legal advices/tips to our students, asking them not to ride motorcycle without helmet which is not only dangerous but also illegal.
At the end, the school director gave the words of thanks to our Indian guests. The function ended with the singing of national anthems of both countries.