Tribal Women Unfurl National Flag at Barli Development
Institute for Rural Women on India's 62nd Republic Day
Republic Day
Celebrations were held
at Barli Development
Institute for Rural
Women, on 26th
January  2011 with
unfurling the national flag
at 9.00 a.m.
The flag-unfurling was
done by Ms. Sangeeta
Dawar of village Badi
Begal , district Alirajpur
and Ms. Kaushalya
Kevat from Badi
Kalmer, Indore district.
The objective of the
unfurling the flag  by
these young women is to
help build their self
confidence and
empower them.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. (Mrs.) Janak Palta McGilligan,
Director of the Institute said, "We are all celebrating the 62nd
anniversary of the Republic Day . It was on this historic day. that our
own democratic Constitution of independent India was implemented.
Republic Day reminds us of the sacrifice of the martyrs. The
Constitution of India is a book which includes our fundamental rights
as well as our duties. The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi got
us freedom through peaceful and non-violent means. The Barli
Development Institute is inspired by Baha'i Principles, and according
to these principles we should all be loyal to the laws of our country
and must obey these laws. What we need in our country is security,
peace and unity."
The chief guest of the programme, Mr. Omid Seioshanseian, Director of New Era Teacher's Training Institute
from Panchgani (Maharashtra) expressed his joy for being in the institute on this National celebration. He said,
"I really admire the efforts of the Barli Institute to empower the tribal girls to become literate and
-sufficient. It is important to educate the girl-child because she is the future mother. If a
woman is educated then her children and family will also be educated, and the country will
The flag unfurling was followed by a cultural programme which included
patriotic songs, bhajans and a dance on Bhilali folk songs presented by the
trainees. The program was followed by the screening of a film
"Ek Unkaha
on life of Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar. The trainees were also
shown direct telecast of the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. The
program was conducted by Deputy director Ms. Tahera Jadhav and vote of
thanks was given by trainer at the Institute, Ms. Taru Jamre. The manager of
the Institute Mr. Jimmy McGilligan, deputy manager Mr. Yogesh Jadhav and
institute's staff members were present on the occasion. More than 125 people
participated which included trainees from 42 villages of Dhar, Alirajpur,
Indore, Khargone, Burhanpur, Badwani, Khandwa and Betul districts of
Madhya Pradesh. This was a very special event in the lives of most of these
women, since 70 of them had participated in Republic Day Celebrations for
the first time, as a majority of them came from very remote areas and had
never gone to school.