Putuur, Jan 26: “Republic Day is a national day for introspection for we the true citizens of the great nation. On this day, January 26, 1950, the constitution of India came into effect, replacing the Government of India Act of 1935. The nation formed into a republic. The implemented constitution of India has given the social, financial and political justice, the liberty of thought, expression and belief, equality for all irrespective of status,” said Fr Dr Antony Prakash Monteiro, principal of St Philomena College. He was addressing the gatheringon the occasion of 73rd Republic day celebration at the college.
“The colors in the our national flag – saffron, white and green are having their own meaning. Saffron is the symbol of sacrifice, white is the symbol of peace and green is the symbol of prosperity. Our life should be mix of these colors. Some Greek Philosophers categorized the society into three categories. The first category people are called Idiots who are always self centric and they do not bother about others. The second category people are known as tribesmen. They are uncultured and barbaric. Third category people are citizens who strive for the betterment of the society and they are selfless. We should belong to third category and hencetrue citizens. Our action in words and deed should be the most responsible, clean, neat and disciplined. That will bring the peace and harmony in the society,” said Fr Dr Antomy Prakash Monteiro.
On the occasion, NCC cadets made a parade in tune with the melodious band coherent with beating of drums. The marchpast was led by Junior under Officer Nachappa KD. The members of the fine arts club of Yaksha Kala Kendra of the college rendered patriotic songs with the background music.
The entire programme was planned and chalked out by NCC officer, Lieutenant Johnson David Sequeira. Prof Prashanth Rai, assistant professor of Commerce and Business Administration, compered the programme.
Fr Vijay Lobo, the principal of St Philomena Pre University College, Fr Ashok Rayan, the hostel warden, lecturers of both PG, degree and PU section, members of Rovers and Rangers unit, students participated in large numbers adhering the COVID protocol enforced by the district administration.