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This Martyrs Day Teach Your Child The Importance Of Living In An Independent Nation

Urvashi Shah
11 to 16 years

Created by Urvashi Shah
Updated on Jan 31, 2018

This Martyrs Day Teach Your Child The Importance Of Living In An Independent Nation

In India there are several days, which are celebrated as Martyrs' Day and are named in the honour of those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the nation. Martyrs Day (Sarvodaya Day or Shaheed Diwas) in India is celebrated on 30th of January 2018, and 23rd of March 2018. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30th January 1948, and hence the day is celebrated as Martyrs' Day every year. While 23rd March is observed as Martyrs' Day to remember the sacrifice and pay homage to Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar who fought for India against the British rule for independence.

It was only due to these brave hearts that India got independence from the British rule which continued for several years.

How Martyrs' Day Is Celebrated?

On this day, the President of India, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister, and the service Chiefs get together at the Rajghat where the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi is and pay their tributes. An honourable salute is then given by the armed forces personnel and inter-services contingent to pay respect to the martyrs. The people gathered then observe 2 minutes of silence in the memory of the martyrs.

India has come a long way since she first got her independence from the British rule and the contemporary India today boasts about the kind of versatile technology and the dynamic laws and rules, which mainly cater its citizens by large. So how do you ensure that your child knows about all this development and achievement as a nation?

What Are The Benefits Of Living In An Independent Nation?

Here are a few things to teach your child about the importance of living in an independent nation.

  1. Teach about secularism: India being a secular state has always treated all religions equal. Citizens of this country are free to follow any religion of their choice and aren't bound by a specific one. It is due to this that today we get to choose our religion without being judged in any way
  2. Teach about democracy: India is the largest democratic nation in the world where citizens can have their own opinion regarding the nation's benefit. Being the citizens, we get to raise our voice in an acceptable manner and have our grievances heard by the government who then begins to work towards our benefit. The right to vote allows all the citizens above 18 years of age to choose his/her government to cater them and the country. Being a democratic country, the citizens have the right to live on their own will and do whatever they wish as long as it is done in peace and harmony
  3. Teach about technological advancements: After India got its freedom, a lot has changed in the technology sector where today we can communicate with anyone at any time and everywhere in the world with just a click of a button. Rescuing people in the time of need has also become possible with a single click. People are now closer to each other due to technology and have also become more aware about the various on goings in the world with the help of the same
  4. Teach about educational advancements: It is because of several freedom fighters that not only India got its independence, even girls of the country got their right to basic education. Education is the key to win over the world and thanks to our freedom fighters that we have all sorts of educational facilities today. Every child in the country can now have access to basic education to brighten his/her future
  5. Teach about healthcare facilities: Since India got its independence, the country has developed in multiple ways in reaching towards advanced medical care. Polio has almost been eradicated in the country today due to the awareness brought by the government in every nook and corner of the country. Malnutrition in children has also come down to a great extent due to the healthy and fresh eatables being available with an ease. Due to various advanced medical facilities, even maternal mortality rate have come down greatly. It is after independence that India has developed itself in health sector which has been benefiting its citizens vastly
  6. Teach about scientific achievements: India has been honing its pride in its space programmes, which began with the launch of its first satellite Aryabhatta in 1975. Since then India has been aggressively pursuing both nuclear and missile programmes and has simultaneously augmented the country's defence strength to great extent. India has now come closer to being an independent force to reckon with in the field of nuclear and missile technology

These are the things that you can teach your child about the independent country that we are proudly living in today.

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| Feb 01, 2018

it's a very useful blog to share with our children on the significance of Marty's Day.

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