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72nd Indian Independence Day celebrations at IES
August 16, 2018, 1:41 pm

On 15 August, Indian Educational School (IES) celebrated India's 72nd  Independence Day with students and staff in attendance. The grounds were adorned with decorations while the decked-up podium stood out among festoons and streamers.

The crowd soon swelled into large numbers and they huddled up in front of the podium. E. P Prasad, teacher of English, welcomed the gathering. The flag-hoisting ceremony kicked off with the honourable Principal, T. Premkumar, unfurling the tricolor Indian flag in the presence of the Vice Principals Suresh V Balakrishnan, Lalitha Premkumar and Meenakshi Nayyar, Principal of Jack and Jill, Mangaf Rathi Ravindran.

After saluting the flag, he read out the President of India Ramnath Kovind’s message to the nation and waxed eloquent on the bright prospects of India. The Principal also gave an evocative speech about the Independence Day – the day when India broke away from the shackles of British rule. The Principal further extolled the Indian government’s decision to elevate the status and position of women in the army as part of Women Empowerment.  On a sober note, the Principal and staff offered prayers to the flood survivors in Kerala where a prolonged spell of unprecedented rainfall has visited untold hardships on people.  

The celebrations gained momentum with a riveting group song by the teachers. A palpable sense of patriotic fervour prevailed in the hall. Binoy Sankarathil, HoD of Social Science Department, passionately spoke about the rich and unique Indian culture and eloquently about the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom that eventually helped India to shrug off the colonial burden.

The Social Science faculty also put up a good skit which was a dichotomy of sorts – the oppressive rule of British India that stifled voices and the unseemly picture of narcissistic modern youth. The auditorium resonated with applause. No doubt the celebration instilled the patriotic fervor in each and every soul.

Chairman of Bhavans, Middle East, N.K Ramachandran Menon, graciously arranged sweets for all. The staff, students and parents stepped out with sweet smiles on their faces and patriotic fervor in their hearts.

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