India won her freedom on the 15th of August, 1947 and became a Republic on the 25th of January, 1950. The new constitution of free India came into force with effect from this day.
It is a day of national rejoicing and a red letter day in our country. The day is celebrated with pomp and show, zeal and spirit, throughout the length and breadth of the country.
The day was celebrated in our school with great éclat. The N.C.C. cadets as well as the students of all the houses saluted the 'National Flag.'
Some selected girls sang the National Anthem. Then there were some very inspiring national songs sung in chorus. These were followed by stirring speeches by the students which reminded us of the great speech spoken by A.P.J Abdul Kalam. Our chief guest Lieutenant Col. V.K. Sharma also gave an inspiring speech to motivate the youth of India. We were told that the country had won political freedom but it was yet to win economic freedom. For it we had all to toil and make every sacrifice that was demanded of us. The younger students of the Jamila Singh House put forward an inspiring poem which reminded us of the great cause for which everyone fought.
On the eve of Republic day classes 8th to 12th sat down and were inspired by Mr. Maroof Raza’s speech. It started with the issues India and Pakistan had which soon turned into world politics. We discussed about the UN and the economic imbalance of the world. He also indulged the students in his speech and it became an interactive session. He is an ex-Mayoite too. His wife Anis Mavany Raza is a career counselor who helps Indian students to get admissions in universities abroad.
He served as an Infantry Officer in the Indian Army. And as a family traditional, he joined the Indian Army immediately after graduation. He was also an Instructor at the IMA, Dehradun, and resigned from the Army as a Major in 1993.
He is currently the Consultant cum Strategic Affairs Expert for Times Now; a leading Indian English language Television channel; on which, apart from his appearances on news debates, he anchors a weekend tv show on World Affairs "Latitude". He had earlier also anchored and presented a 26 part series on the Indian armed forces, titled ‘Line of Duty’. An episode from this series, on the Siachin Glacier won an Award in the military documentary section at the Film Festival in Rome in 2005. This TV series has entered the “Limca Book of Records” as India’s first military reality show.
Maroof Raza currently writes a column for THE WEEK in India, and has written editorials for all the leading newspapers of India, and has lectured extensively in India and abroad on India’s security concerns. He has also authored several articles, essays and books.