Republic Day Speech Respected Teachers, family and friends, I Shweta Maheshwari feel so honoured and proud to deliver the Republic day speech today. At this present moment, I have a mixed feeling, emotional as well as excitement. Emotional as I will be talking about India and the sacrifices our great leaders have made and excited as I have got this opportunity to share the facts in front of such a large audience. It’s a dream come true for me as I will be able to share some facts about my country and freedom fighter and the development our country is making. I feel so privileged and want to take this opportunity to thanks my teachers for giving me this platform where I can say something about My India “Mera Bharath”. Republic day is considered to be the birth of the Indian constitution. It is celebrated on the 26th of January every year. It is declared as a national holiday on 26th of January. Though India had got its independence on 15th August 1947, it did not have a permanent constitution at this time. It was on 26th January 1950 that India had got its real freedom, the constitution gave Indian citizens the power to govern themselves by choosing their own government. Freedom of speech, freedom to vote, freedom to elect its leaders, that’s how India became a Republican country. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was India’s first president to take an oath at the Durban Hall and unfurl India’s national Flag. It is from then onwards that 26th January is celebrated as a patriotic day across India. Our great freedom fighters have struggled a lot to give us complete independence, hence this day is a tribute to them for the sacrifices they have made for our generation so that we can live freely, without anyone’s force. The names of our freedom fighter and leaders are Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel, Lala Lajpath Rai, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, etc. we can never forget about the sacrifices made by them. These leaders should be remembered on such occasions and be saluted for whatever they have done for us.
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• Mahatma Gandhi: He is known as the Father of the nation because he was the main person who made British bow down before India. He gave us independence through his non-violence act.
• Bhagat Singh: he was considered to be the most influential person of the Indian Independence movement. He is often referred to as Saheed Bhagat Singh, which means “Martyr”.
• Lal Bahadur Shastri: He led the country for the period of the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. It is his slogan of “ Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan “ that became very popular during the war.
• Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel: Patel supported Gandhi’s noncooperation movement. He worked hard against alcoholism, untouchability and caste discrimination as well as women empowerment.
• Lala Lajpat Rai: He not only made a lasting impression in the minds of the Indian citizens by his leadership abilities but also made his presence felt in the field of education, commerce, and even healthcare.
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• Chandra Shekhar Azad:
Azad’s impact on the British was evident from the how much effort they were putting to capture him, dead or alive. His legacy lied in the urge to remain free forever. He was a one man army which shook the entire British Raj. These are some of the leaders and freedom fighters that I have mentioned; the list can go on and on. Talking about the development of India over the last sixty-nine years here are some facts I would like to share:
The growth in the agricultural sector has somewhat been steady. A leading financial institution has revealed, that the growth in the agri-biotech sector has been increasing at the rate of 30 percent in the last few years.
Service sector growth:
Telecom and software are in its prime high. So many multinational companies outsource the telecom and IT services to the country. The service sector employs 24 percent of Indian Workforce.
It is my pleasure to inform everyone that India has managed to bring its educational system at par with the global standards. A number of works are been done to sweep away illiteracy. The government has declared elementary education a fundamental right for the children. Infrastructure Development: The Indian road network has become one of the largest in the world. The efforts of the government have led to the expansion of the state highways and major district roads. Also, India has got the third place in the list of the largest producers of electricity in Asia.
Health Care Sector:
You all will be pleased to know that malnutrition in India came down to 44 percent for 67 percent. Cases of HIV infected people are also going down. Public health spending has been increased by the government. Last but on the least is that there is an increase in the life Expectancy which is considered as a major achievement in the health care sector.
India has reached the level of being Self-dependent in the field of space and missile technology. It has emerged as a growing power which has successfully launched several foreign satellites. It has new heights in rockets science and space technologies. India has indeed made a lot of progress, but there are still things which need to be focused upon. The poverty issues, where the rich become richer and the poor, poorer. The crime rates have increased, women safety is being compromised on. The government does not make a solid rule for the criminals. The jurisdiction works very slowly. At times its so slow that the victim dies before the culprits. These are some serious issues which need to be looked upon. I just wish, next time when I hear a republic day speech, I don’t find any of these flaws in my Country. I want my India to be safe for women. That is the India we would all wish to see. Before winding up, just want to sing a few lines from one of my favourite song, appropriate of this occasion, “ aye mere Watan k logo, Zara aankh mein bharlo pani, jo Shaheed hue hai unki, zara yaad karo qurbani. In short, let us all pledge to make our country safe and clean with only positives. Jain Hind.