CHILDREN’S DAY:- (Children’s Day 2017)
It is celebrated on the 14th of November in India as a tribute to Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, who was born on November 14, 1889. Jawaharlal Nehru, who was called as Chacha Nehru, was known for his love for the children. On this day, gifts are distributed among children, whereas the schools organize events such as debates, music, and dance performances. (Children’s Day 2017)
It is also a common practice to distribute clothes, toys, and books to orphan children on the occasion of children’s day.
Before 1964, India celebrated Children’s Day on 20th November, which was seen as a Universal Children’s Day by the United Nations. But after the death of Chacha Nehru in 1964, it was decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas in India. This was done because of his love and affection towards children.
Chacha Nehru oversaw the establishment of the most prominent educational institutions in India. His visions for the development of the youth played an important role in setting up of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). He even started the establishment of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM).
Apart from his part as a freedom fighter and a politician, Chacha Nehru left behind a legacy of education and development of children in India, and November 14th is celebrated as a tribute to him.
5 FAMOUS QUOTES BY JAWAHARLAL NEHRU:- (Children’s Day 2017)
India is celebrating the Children’s Day today, on the occasion of Chacha Nehru’s birth anniversary. Chacha Nehru was the first prime minister of India, with scholastic influence, love for nature, and love for children. His vision was clear about what modern India should look like. Chacha Nehru set out to realize his dreams by establishing strong pillars which would support the youth of India.
The future of the nation depends on the children, with this realization, Pandit Nehru proposed that if children’s are provided with adequate opportunity and guidance, the children will show immense potential to contribute towards society and humanity. Chacha Nehru took the initiative for the proper education system and guidance for children.
QUOTES BY CHACHA NEHRU:- (Children’s Day 2017)
- ‘Future of the country’:- “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country.”
- ‘Children do not think of differences amongst themselves’:- “The vast army of children across the world, outwardly different kinds of clothes, and yet so very like another. Together the children will play or quarrel, but even their quarrel is some kind of a play. They do not think of differences amongst themselves, a difference of class or caste or color or status. They are wiser than their father(s)/mother(s).
- ‘As they grow up’:- “As they grow up, their natural freedom is often eclipsed by teaching and behavior of elders. At school, they learn many things, which are no doubt useful, but they gradually forget that essential thing to be human and kind, playful and make life richer for ourselves and others”.
- ‘I have enough time for children’:- “I may not have time for adults, but I have enough time for children.”
- On corporal punishment:- “The only way to reform them is to win them over with love. So long as a child is unfriendly, you can’t mend his ways. He can be disciplined, if his attention is drawn to some other activity, like a voluntary body in Delhi (the 1960s) “Bal Sahyog” used to do. They learn many things there during vocations, without any compulsion of a sort and then their minds get diverted to constructive channels.”
10 THINGS STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHACHA NEHRU:- (Children’s Day 2017)
- Jawaharlal Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, at Allahabad.
- Chacha Nehru came from a family of Kashmiri Pandits. Jawahar was the eldest of 4 children born to Pandit Motilal Nehru, a practicing Lawyer, and Swarup Rani, a house-wife.
- He was educated at home by English tutors until the age of 16. He was taught in Hindi and Sanskrit to enable him to comprehend India’s culture. In 1905, he went to Harrow in England for further education. He spent 3 years in Cambridge for an Honours Degree in Natural Sciences. He qualified to become a Barrister after 2 years of higher studies in London.
- Chacha Nehru married Kamla Kaul in 1916, and next year their daughter Indira Priyadarshini was born, who later rose for the position of Prime Minister.
- Chacha Nehru’s passion to practice law was short-lived. Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology of fighting British without fear or hate attracted him.
- He was first imprisoned in 1929, though he was detained many times, during which he lost his parents and the ill wife.
- Chacha Nehru’s sincerity to the ideas gave him the direction for his thoughts and mind. He created, molded, and inspired the whole generation of Indians.
- Nehru’s policies on the economy, science and technology, and education designed the future course of India.
- India set up large steel plants in Bhilai, Rourkela, and Bokaro. Some top academic institutions like IISc, IITs, and IIMs and many nuclear plants.
- Pandit Nehru was a writer in English and wrote several books like ‘The Discovery of India’, ‘Glimpses of World History’, and his autobiography, ‘Toward Freedom’.