Children’s day in India is celebrated on 14th November every year. It speaks of children’s rights, care and education apart from the tribute it offers to our first prime minister- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Fondly addressed as Chacha Nehru by children, he was a supporter of children’s education, always looking for ways to ensure they receive a fulfilled life in terms of academics. This day is a reflection of his love and fondness for kids.
Trivia: Children’s day was celebrated on 20th November each year before 1964, a date recognised by the United Nations. After the demise of our beloved Chacha Nehru, his birth date was declared as Children’s day in India.
“The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country”- are Jawaharlal Nehru’s words which hold a gravitas to be remembered for ages. He dedicated his life to ensure that every child has the fundamental right to Education and tirelessly worked to reinforce the establishment of various educational institutes in India. The brick and mortar foundation, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) carries in its essence one of the visions of Chacha Nehru, a step towards the development of a bright future for the youth. Indian Institutes of Management is also one of his insights coming to reality.
While the date still holds a lot of significance even today, we must take a moment to reflect how well the rights imparted to kids are implemented for each children’s advantage. And if it is only on this day that they must be recognised or stressed upon, is a question we must ask ourselves. The day is celebrated with gusto in schools and children institutions. Toys, sweets and gifts are given to children and an attempt to make it special for them is well-taken care of. But, as an individual, we must also look at the bigger picture. Is every child in the country able to avail his fundamental right to education, health and family? Are they free from child abuse? Has the menace of child labour is completely abolished? If not, the least we can do is spread awareness for the parents and ask to give them an environment where they can thrive. To take responsibility for imbibing in them values of respect and identity and letting them frame their own thoughts, not loaning them from any other. And primarily, not differentiating between a girl and a boy child. Our message to the youth must be to not succumb to the peer pressure, to perform as per their ability and to not shy away from asking help with stress-causing psychological situations and issues. The new India is now open to opportunities, with respect to academics, ideas or growth. Our youth, driven by passion and enthusiasm is well opinionated, the way they can be helped is by giving them an inclination and direction to pursue their interests.
The aforementioned will revive the significance of children’s day. Let us pledge to keep the motive intact and actionable to enjoy the day entitled to the youth and children in its truest sense. It might be only a date, 14th November, but let it sow a seed which will reap benefits in the coming years.