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Nostalgia kicks in
By Faisal Siddiqui January 26, 2013
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DUBAI: Jan.26 is definitely a historical day for all Indians irrespective of their religion, caste, colour and creed. It was on Jan.26, 1950 that the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign, democratic and republic state.

It’s a time when regional identity takes a backseat and the universal appeal of unity and brotherhood among all Indians, not only in India but across the globe comes to the fore.

For Indian expats living in UAE the day reminds all of us of our dual responsibility. Firstly about our duty towards our motherland and secondly it prompts us to present a non-violent, secular and peaceful image of our country among other expats and UAE nationals.

Ansar Alam, a mechanical engineer in a Dubai-based firm, says, “The first thing I do on Republic Day is to get up early in the morning and get glued to TV screen to watch the colurful tableaus and parade shown live from New Delhi.”

Ansar feels proud of India’s unity in diversity as performers from all states showcase their provinces’ culture and traditions.

“This Republic Day I wish my country to become stronger and more focused in implementing laws on crimes especially those against women,” says Atif Hassan,  HR manager in a Dubai-based IT firm.

“Despite the cheer and excitement of looking forward to the new year all of us continue to live in the horror of Dec.16, 2012 night when a Delhi Medical student was brutally raped and lost her life as a consequence. With my wishes of a very happy 64th Republic Day I would like to see those responsible for this heinous crime brought to justice fast,” adds Atif.

Abdul Gaffoor, a resident of Dubai, who works as Admintration Assistant in a Dubai based firm says “this Republic Day we all should vow to help our country get rid of the menace of corruption, injustice and violence.”

He says “we all can begin from reforming ourselves, our family and gradually move on to reform the society and the country as a whole.”

Musheer Riaz, who is on a visit to UAE says “Republic Day reminds all Indians of their duties towards their motherland which has given us a identity and we all should be proud on being an Indian.”

Riaz, a teacher by profession, adds we all tend to forget the fact that our constitution which was framed on this day was the fruit of years of our struggle against British rule and we just can’t take it for granted.”

“We all should strive to project the correct image of our country no matter where we live.”

So to sum up the occasion we should every year observe this day with all sincerity as it remind us of our duty to guard our constitution.

We all mustn’t forget the saying that ‘eternal vigilance is the price of freedom’ because if we won’t guard our constitution we will lose our true freedom. The opportunists will eat into its very purpose.

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