CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY
(Tomorrow, it is the Independence Day of our country. Ritesh is making a National Flag. His younger sister Shubhi enters the room.)
Shubhi : Brother, what are you busy doing?
Ritesh : Tomorrow, it is 15th August, our Independence Day, and I am making a National Flag.
Shubhi: Should I help you in making it?
Ritesh : Oh, yes, why not! Please come. We will make it together. Do you know Shubhi, what do the three colours in the flag stand for?
Shubhi : I don’t know brother. Can you tell me?
Ritesh: Saffron stands for sacrifice, white for peace and green for prosperity.
Shubhi : There is a blue wheel in the white stripe. What does it stand for?
Ritesh: It is the Ashoka Chakra in the centre of the white stripe having 24 spokes. This represents the 24 precious hours of the day
Shubhi : What will you do with the flag tomorrow?
Ritesh : We are going to have a parade in the school. The National Flag will be hoisted and we will sing the National Anthem.
Shubhi : What else will be done on this day?
Ritesh : On this day we salute the heroic deeds of our freedom fighters. Gandhiji, Sardar Patel. Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and many others fought for many years to make India a free country.
Shubhi : Ritesh, are you taking part in any of the programmes?
Ritesh : Yes, I will deliver a speech
Shubhi : What are you going to say in your speech?
Ritesh ; I have written not only about the importance of Independence Day but also about our duties towards our nation.
Shubhi : What are our duties towards the nation?
Ritesh : To do good for the society.
Shubhi : How can we do that?
Ritesh : By helping others, maintaining cleanliness. planting trees, respecting elders and so on.
Shubhi : It means every one must do one’s bit to improve one’s surroundings.
Ritesh: Yes Shubhi, if we all do a little, it will help our country.
Shubhi : Brother, tomorrow I will give my old toys and clothes to the poor children.
Ritesh : Very good Shubhi, this is also one of the ways to serve our country.