by Rudolf D'souza
CHINCHWAD-PUNE, AUGUST 18, 2014: "We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided," says J.K. Rowling. These words stood out on Friday, August 15, when the students of Don Bosco Vyavasayik Prashikshan Kendra, Chinchwad, Pune celebrated the 68th Independence Day of the nation with a variety programme showcasing their talent and also using the occasion to give the message of unity especially among communal factions.
The programme began with a speech in Marathi delivered by one of the students from the Welding Department who spoke on The history of the freedom struggle and How citizens need to remind themselves of the sacrifice made by the freedom fighters for their sake. The speech was followed by a dance. The dance though contemporary and based on film music proved to be a powerful medium for the boys to express their own aspirations. Another speech in English by a student from the B.P.O. course focused on what independence connotes in today's society. It brought to attention the deplorable situation of women-rights and related laws. It also stressed on the need for education which is an effective tool to overcome most of the social evils.
Thereafter a skit which focused on communal harmony was presented. It began by showing individuals from different religious backgrounds praying according to their respective traditions. After the prayers they are involved in a quarrel. But soon appears Gandhiji who then intervenes and resolves their differences. He also gets them all united to serve for the greater cause. The skit was well appreciated and applauded by the gathering.
The Vice Rector Fr. Valerian Pereira in his valedictory talk commended the efforts of those who prepared and participated in the programme. He also remarked on the fact that all those involved were from different religions, regions, languages, and cultures yet they came together and executed it so well. He was truly grateful to the organizers. The programme ended with the assembly singing 'Vande Mataram'.