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2. Student- Adhiraj
3. Teacher- Shilpa Ma’am
Narrator– It is 15th of August and the independence day of India and the principal of the school delivered a very motivating and cheerful speech on Independence Day. Children with great enthusiasm made their independence day. There was one kid Adhiraj who was a little eccentric. He always thought something which was out of the box. He by reading novels and articles had a thought on what independence means to us. Let’s see what Adhiraj thinks………..
Adhiraj:- (sitting on a chair) Today principal ma’am gave a very enthusiastic speech but what does independence mean to us? Is it only getting freedom from British or is something else? I’ll talk to my social teacher regarding this let’s have her thoughts on this.
Narrator– Adhiraj goes to his social teacher and asks her about this…..
Adhiraj:- Ma’am, do you have a minute to talk?
Teacher:- Yes, yes Adhiraj ?
Adhiraj:- Ma’am I wanted to ask that what does independence mean to you?
Teacher:- For me, independence is the freedom of the soul, a perception of the mind and a feeling understood by the heart. This freedom, perception and more importantly, this feeling is that of liberation, patriotism, self-dependence and other such things.
Adhiraj:- But Ma’am I believe that India though called independent is independent only by definition. Problems like corruption, poverty, unemployment, terrorism, caste realted violence still exist in our nation.
Teacher:- But Adhiraj we need to understand the fact that we constitute our nation, it does not constitute us.
Adhiraj:- But Ma’am I strongly believe that Independence is not our right to express but our right to be heard. What fun is that people are speaking for the improvement of the nation but no one gives importance to it?
Teacher:- Independence is not what we feel, but what we make of it and most importantly, independence is not about rights, but our duties towards them.
Adhiraj:- Independence from my point of view is not only the sense of belonging, but a sense of contribution and existence in every step that our nation takes.
Teacher:- I agree to you Adhiraj. If your point of view becomes the point of view of the youth India would become a much better country.
Adhiraj:- Ma’am what do you think we can do about problems like corruption, poverty etc. ?
Teacher:- See we can always take out campaigns, make people aware about the harms of corruption and for poverty we can always donate money and things which are necessary for survival. We can always give ideas to the government for solving these problems. Your idea may get selected.
Adhiraj:- Will this make India a better country?
Teacher:- It surely will.
Adhiraj:- Thank you ma’am for your precious time.
Teacher:- No problem Adhiraj I found it a very fruitful debate.
Narrator– With such a lot of brainstorming over Independence and its importance in our lives, it is not difficult to believe that the youth are concerned about the issues of the nation, as long as they are given platforms. The need of today’s youth is to be heard, not passed off. The need of today’s youth is to be free, not restrained. The need of today’s youth is realization of values and not imposition. The need is not a need, but a want that must be satisfied.
Generation gap has become a common problem these days. Often we find that the children are not being able to match the expectations of their parents. The children in turn are quite dissatisfied with their grown-ups. The parents and the grandparents are not being able to adopt with the changing times and this has lead to the wide spread of the problems.That is why we find the parents and the children are complaining about generation gap, that leads to mal-adjustments in social life.
We know that every problem has its own solutions. So the generation gap can also be bridged. The only thing that is the co-operation of the Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z or the grandparents, parents and the children is needed. Then only the problem can be resolved.
So let us start with how the children can react in order to curb this problem. We have often noticed that the feeling of love, respect and honour for the elders are gradually becoming absent in the minds of the children. So the children need to develop a feeling of love, compassion and respect for the elders. They also need to be caring and helpful and should try to act as an extra helping hand for their parents and grandparents. Sometimes the children specially the teenagers think that they are more independent and do according to their mind. But that should not be the case. They should made to understand that the elders have seen the world for a long period of time and they need to honour their experience. They also think that their parents expect a lot of things from them but the parents in reality only expect an effort in their studies.
It is not only the children who should be made responsible in order to bridge this gap. The parents and the grandparents should also took the initiative. They should provide them their wards with a bit of space. No two individuals in this earth are equal to each other. This should also be under thier knowledge. Times have changed and their is no scope for the parents to compare them with their children. They should realise and not expect much from their children. The world is not easy for them. Higher expectations can make life stressful for the students and can lead to moodswings.
So the role of the elders indispensible in the lives of their juniors. They need to guide them in the life and groom them without any indulgence. They should get prepared for the challenges that they face in their life.
“LETS BRIDGE THE GAP” should be the order of the day.
I and my dog Timmy saw a hawk in the garden. We saw that how it was feeding it’s chicks.It was an amazing sight. After watching that we went to the jungle to watch wild birds. We hid in a grass. I took the binocular out of my bag and saw birds. Then I saw an eagle coming towards us. I took out my double barreled gun and shot a bullet at the eagle. The bullet missed the eagle but the eagle flew away. I said to Timmy “Tell me where the eagle has gone.” He sniffed. Then he started smelling the ground. It ran deeper into the jungle and soon he stopped. I looked up. Guess what I have seen. Nothing but a crowd of eagles. I hid myself. Then I took out my gun, I shot at them, D..H..I..C..H..K..A..O..O..O…
One of them was dead but the others chased me. I ran out of the jungle and they were still chasing me. I ran and ran fast. I tripped over a stone and fell down. Timmy was pulling my sleeves to pick me up. He then suddenly started to lick me. He made my face wet and I realized that I had fallen asleep while completing my science project for next week. It was a bad dream. It is never good to kill birds. My mother scolded me for not completing the project. It was late. I ate my dinner and went to bed and sank into a deep sleep. Next day, as it was a Sunday, I went into the jungle and took pictures of many birds. I returned home and printed them. Next day I took my project to school. I came first in class. When I returned home I told everyone that I was first. They were all very happy. I was so excited.