Republic Day for Gen X: Just another holiday?

Sunday, 26 January 2014 - 10:07am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
65 years down the line, here's what the youth today think about their country.

Are you going to watch the Republic Day parade at Bandstand or catch popular movies on TV today? Or are you just a patriot who has big dreams for India? Or none of the above?

Sixty-four years after we became a Republic, the dna Shadow Editorial Board Season 2 team decided to test the awareness of R-Day amongst city’s 125 college students. The questions posed to them included the year in which the first Republic Day was celebrated, the reason behind its significance and the Gen-X’s preference of settlement: India or the United States of America.

Our survey team happened to stumble upon some pretty interesting responses, which we thought we must share with you. To the question about the preference of settlement, a student unpredictably replied “neither”. Another amusing answer was that Republic Day was when the Civil Disobedience Movement was launched.

Quite a few found R-Day overrated. One said, “Just because it was the day we got our constitution, doesn’t mean it should be such a big celebration as it’s a waste of money.”

Overall, the picture was a positive one as those who know about our roots plan to stay in the country to celebrate freedom and culture. However, for most of them, including us, Republic Day is a holiday. And most of us are disappointed that it’s on a Sunday this year!

Survey conducted by members of the SEB Season 2: Devyani Sharma, Vasudha Ramakrishna, Jeetendra Khilnani, Kevin Rodricks, Laxmi Pillai, Snehal Khandekar, Krishna Bahirwani and Unnati Ghia

We asked
In which year did India become a Republic?
Right: 85
didn’t know: 40
Right answer: 
1950

The significance of R-Day
Right: 85
No clue: 40
Right answer: 
The Constitution of India came into effect on this day

Gen-X’s preference of settlement: India or the US
101 want to stay in India
24
would like to settle abroad


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