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Birla Public School (BPS) Doha celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of India with patriotic fervour at a virtual gathering of the BPS fraternity on Tuesday.
“Today, as we walk out of the pandemic, I look back upon the labour we put in and I realise that it’s no less than what our ancestors did while creating the Constitution of our nation. We have learnt from them and faced the challenges to bring in new light and vision. We have a long way to go but I am sure we will do it. We will discover new standards and set the bar high like the glorious leaders of India,” said chief guest Gope Shahani, chairman of the school, while addressing the attendees.
The programme was attended by Maria Thomas, vice chairperson; directors Dr Mohan Thomas, C V Rappai and Lukose K Chacko; and representatives of the management Chindhu Rappai, Nevile K Lukose and Malvika Khimji.
Principal A P Sharma hoisted the Indian national flag on BPS main campus, in the presence of members of senior leadership team and school staff.
In his bilingual address to the virtual audience, Sharma said, “India is the biggest country where diversities of all kinds exist, yet like a garland wreathed with various sweet scented flowers, we are one. India is indeed great, spreading health and helping the whole world by donating free vaccines to all during this pandemic.”
Dr Mohan Thomas was welcomed and applauded by the principal for achieving the highest award for Non-Resident Indians from President of India Ram Nath Kovind. Sharma noted that on the occasion of the Pravasi Bharathiya Divas, Dr Thomas was recognised for his outstanding contributions and exceptional achievements in the fields of medicine and philanthropy and was honoured with the Pravasi Bharathiya Samman Award.
Shaymanti Bhowmik and Yash Gabra, students of grade XI, compered the programme.
The students of Kindergarten presented a patriotic performance entitled ‘Vibrant India’. It was followed by another energetic performance by the teachers of Primary I titled ‘Flag Wavers’.
Addressing the assembly, Lukose K Chacko said that children should understand history to recognise the efforts of thousands of unknown, brave freedom fighters. He added that the present generation should take a pledge to protect the sovereignty of the nation.
The musical chimes of emotions and joy presented by the school choir, a motivational speech by Emma Geo of Grade VIII, a skit by the students of Primary II campus and a lively dance show were the other highlights of the day.
The involvement and dedicated performance of a parent, Gitesh Padman, was one of the other highlights of the day.
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