Republic Day celebrations were held at Barli Development Institute for Rural Women, on 26th January 2010 with flag hoisting at 9.00 a.m. The flag-hoisting was done by Mrs. Sagari Dawar from Dhar, Mrs. Chanda Piparia from Bhopal, Mrs. Nanda Chouhan and Kumari Barli Dawar from Alirajpur. The objective of the flag hoisting by these women is to give them VIP honour. Dr. (Mrs.) Janak McGilligan, Director, said “we are all celebrating 60th anniversary of Republic Day because on 26th January 1950, our own democratic Constitution of independent India was implemented. We got freedom from British rule, as a result of sacrifices of national heroes like Bhagat Singh, Laxmi Bai, Lala Lajpat Rai, Chander Shekhar, under the leadership of father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and the great Indian freedom fighters like Sardar Pateland Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. Republic day reminds us the sacrifice of martyrs. We should all be loyal to the laws of our country and must obey the laws of the government The Constitution of India is a book of laws, structure and ways of running the country by the government and it gives us our fundamental citizens rights as well as duties.” Emphasizing the duties she said that the Barli Institute is inspired by Baha'i Principles, and along with Unity and Peace, it educates the people that it is essential for each Indian citizen to be dutiful and loyal to the law of our country because according to founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah - if we are not loyal to Laws of our Land, we cannot be faithful our religion.
After Flag hoisting, trainees Miss Anita from Khargone, Mrs. Komal from Dhar, Miss Maalti from Dewas, and Miss. Paaru from Maharashtra presented group songs in Hindi, Malwi, Bhilai and Nimari. Famous poetess Sadiya Afroz also chanted a patriotic song
Chief guest of the programme Dr. Kuldeep Virani of Aashish Nursing Home said to the trainees “ You are the future of this country and we trust you will carry the knowledge and experience and values that you have learnt at Barli Institute and dispel darkness of ignorance from your villages. Guest of honour Mrs. Saubhagya Atari, from Department of Arts & Crafts of Lawrence International Public School of Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh – said” you all are a symbols of power and you have to empower more women by sharing your education with your communities.”
More than 100 people participated; including trainees from 46 villages of Dhar, Alirajpur, Khargone and Dewas districts of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and staff. Most of them had never gone to school and first time were participated in a Republic day celebration.
Manager of the Institute Mr. Jimmy McGilligan, Eminent theatre director Mr. Tapan Mukharjee, Miss Shuka Mohammadi from England and Mr. Greg Tolnai from Hungary were also present at the occasion.
Mrs. Taaru Jadhav, Trainer conducted the programme and Mrs. Geeta Handa, Board member of the Institute gave a vote of thanks.
All the trainees and staff had also participated in the rally from Regal square to Gandhi Hall and paid their tributes to the Martyrs at a replica of India gate and Amar Jawan Jyoti installed at Regal Square in Indore.
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