Celebrating Children?s Day: Let Us Celebrate The Future, Today!

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  We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.  
? Jawaharlal Nehru

Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, 14 November 1889 ? 27 May 1964 was an Indian independence activist, and subsequently, the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence. He emerged as an eminent leader of the Indian independence movement under the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and served India as Prime Minister from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in 1964.

After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, his birth anniversary was to be celebrated as Children's Day in India. It was done so because he was very popular with the kids as Chacha Nehru, hence, a resolution was passed in the parliament to and his birthday was proclaimed as Children?s Day.

Children's Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness about the rights, care and education of children. On this day, many educational and motivational programs are held across India, by and for the children.

Children are the torchbearers of the future. Hence, every school celebrates this day with various events like quiz, debates, and cultural programs like dance, music, and drama. Teachers organize and perform various cultural events for the students

Here are few of the young leaders who have contributed for our country:

1) Akrit Jaswal, is an Indian adolescent who has been hailed as a child prodigy and has gained fame in his native India as a physician, despite never having attended medical school. He gained fame for performing surgery at the age of seven. He is a Hindu Rajput of Jaswal clan from Punjab.

According to his mother Raksha Kumari Jaswal, Akrit was an early starter, skipped the toddler stage and started walking. He started speaking in his 10th month and was reading Shakespeare at the age of 5. At 7, he performed an operation on an 8 year old girl whose fingers were fused together after being burnt. Akrit developed a passion for science and anatomy at an early age. Doctors at local hospitals took notice and started allowing him to observe surgeries when he was 6 years old. Inspired by what he saw, Akrit read everything he could on the topic. When an impoverished family heard about his amazing abilities, they asked if he would operate on their daughter for free. Her surgery was a celebrated success.

2) Priyanshi Somani, daughter of businessman Satyen Somani and Anju Somani, started learning mental maths at the age of 6. She studied in Lourdes Convent High School of Surat and was the youngest participant of the Mental Calculation World Cup 2010 and won the overall combination title held at the University Of Magdeburg, Germany on 5?7 June 2010.

Somani claimed the title among 37 competitors from 16 countries, after standing 1st in extracting square roots from 6 digit numbers up to 8 significant digits in 6:51 minutes, 2nd in addition [10 numbers of 10 digits] and multiplication [2 numbers of 8 digits]. She is the only participant who has performed with 100 per cent accuracy in Addition, Multiplication, and Square Root to date in all four mental calculation world cups.

3) Tanishq Abraham a Fifteen-year-old Indian American is the youngest to become a bio-medical engineering graduate. Tanishq graduated from the University of California, Davis and has passed out with the highest honours of 'summa cum laude' - an academic level of distinction used by educational institutions and it signifies a degree that was earned "with the highest honour". Tanishq has designed a unique device, which reduces the complication while measuring the heartbeat of a burnt patient.

4) Seventeen-year-old Sandhya Kamlesh Sahu is a persuasive communicator and she has put this skill to use for turning things around in Shivaji Nagar, Pune. A slum with dark, narrow lanes and open grounds ? hotspots for sexual harassment and substance abuse. The student has her hands clasped behind her back when she shows people around.

Sahu has been a part of the ?Safe Communities for Mumbai project?, a programme by UNICEF India for protecting children in the most disadvantaged areas of the city. UNICEF has also partnered with NGOs in Mumbai to implement the project.

Sahu has been working with one of the NGOs, Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT) since she was 9 Successful People don?t become that way overnight. What most people see at glancing happiness, wealth, a great career, purpose is the result of hard work and hustle over time.


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