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R-DAY REALITY CHECK: YOUTH DON’T KNOW ITS RELEVANCE

IN GYM-AGE, AKHARAS STILL PULL CROWDS

R-Day reality check: Youth don’t know its relevance

Simran Kaler

Chandigarh, January 25: We have the freedom of right to know, but does our new generation know about the relevance of Republic Day? The question was put up before youngsters, but most of them were unaware of the historical importance of January 26. They went on instead to blame their teachers, the syllabus and their parents.
Krishna, a student of seventh class in Kendria Vidyalya, said: ‘‘The Constitution was made on this day. A big function is held in Delhi, and the Army displays its weapons at the city’s Parade Ground. People come from different states to showcase their talent.’’

Raminder, another bright student from the same school, is better informed. The Republic Day is very important in India because on 26 January, 1950, he says, the Constitution was amended. And the Constitution itself gave the country concepts of settlement and discipline.

 
 

At St Anne’s School, Geetika Mehta of Class 10, seemed confused. She only knew that the Constitution was formed on this day. Swasti Mehta of seventh class from the same school was among the ignorant. She did not know the importance of R-day. She gave the same answer as Geetika.

Parmjit Singh of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sec 32-C, did not know anything about it. ‘‘I don’t know anything about it. No body has told me about this day’s importance,’’ she claimed.

Sandeep Yadav of the same school blamed his teachers and parents for being kept in the dark. ‘‘Nobody tells us the importance of the Republic Day,’’ he claimed.

At another school, Supreet Singh of S D Public School, blamed the syllabus and the teachers of the school. ‘‘The teacher did not tell us the importance of the day and our syllabus includes nothing about these important days. Then how can we come to know?’’

Navjot Singh, in Class XII of Sanjay Public School, was clueless but determined to enjoy. ‘‘On this day, we celebrate a holiday, that is why I remember this day,’’ he said.

Harpreet Kaur of Class XI from the same school claimed she could not remember what Republic Day was and why it was celebrated. Five classes down the line, and perhaps more excusably, Jai Chaudhary of class 6 also did not know anything.

‘‘Unity, patriotism, that’s it. I only know this,’’ said Abinavdan Garg, of Class X in St Stephen School.

Balpreet Singh of ninth class in Government Model School (Sector 35) had his own vies. The Congress celebrates this day as half an Independence day, he said

Sumit Singh Gill, a Class VII student from St Joseph Senior Secondary School, had his take too: ‘‘On this day,’’ he said, ‘‘the Government and police was formed. The police and security was started on this day.’’

At the St Xavier Senior Secondary school, however, the principal wisely decided to let the school’s best talents to answer the question. Eshan and Latika of ninth class said that the Constitution was framed on this day, adding helpfully that Dr Ambedkar had helped play a big part in framing the Constitution. 

Way to go: Deluxe buses catch travellers’ fancy

Simran Kaler

SAS Nagar, February 6: DELUXE buses that promise comfort and speed are leaving behind the State Transport buses in Punjab in terms of popularity and service.

People are happy with the deluxe buses which, they say, are comfortable, convenient, and safe. ‘‘Deluxe buses provide 70 per cent more facilities to passengers than government buses,’’ claim the operators of deluxe buses.

 
 

Santosh Singh of Gautam Travels said, ‘‘One Volvo bus costs about Rs 60 lakh, it can be much more comfortable than a simple bus.’’

In fact, deluxe bus operators are competing among themselves now. They charge the fare according to the facilities given in the bus. The more the facilities given to the passengers; the higher is the ticket cost.

City businessman Munish Gupta on his way to Gurdaspur said, ‘‘I feel more comfortable in these buses, they are non-stop and faster than the government buses.’’ Another passenger, a student of Fortis Institute of Nursing, said: ‘‘I don’t feel while travelling in these buses that Amritsar is very far from here; the fast speed of the buses makes my journey easy. On the State buses, I suffer lots of problems: I have to lift my luggage and then there is the tension of buying the ticket. However, for a deluxe bus, I can book my ticket at the sector 22 office even over phone.’’

The buses are helpful mainly to students who come to Chandigarh for their studies from Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, and Amritsar.

Avtar Singh, a conductor of Punjab Roadways, said, ‘‘Due to these special buses, there are less passengers in State buses, all thanks to the week condition of the roadways buses.’’ On the other hand, a businessman Sushant Sharma who travels in deluxe buses, said: ‘‘On Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays there is a heavy rush because these are the days on which students and families travel. For the rest of the week, they get the normal number of passengers.