"My National Flag flies in my heart and I will bring glory to my Nation." - Guru Kalam

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I am proud of my National Flag
By Harismitha N M
(Standard V, Air Force School ASTE, Bengaluru) | JAN 2017

A flag is a must for all nations. Millions have died for it. Every free nation has its own flag. It is the symbol of a free country. Gandhiji proposed a flag for the Indian National Congress in 1921 and it was designed by P Venkayya. In the centre was a traditional spinning wheel, symbolizing Gandhiji's goal of making Indians self-reliant by weaving their own clothes.

The National Flag of India adopted its present form at the meeting of the Constituent Assembly held on 22 July 1947, a few days before Indian Independence. It served as the National Flag from15 August 1947 to26 January 1950 and that of the Republic of India thereafter. In India, the term "tricolour" refers to the Indian national flag. The National Flag of India is a horizontal tricolour of deep saffron (kesari) at the top, white in the middle and dark green at the bottom in equal proportion. The ratio of the width of the flag to its length is two to three.

In the centre of the white band is a navy blue wheel which represents the Ashoka Chakra. This Chakra depicts the "wheel of the law" in the Sarnath Lion Capital made by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. The Chakra intends to show that there is life in movement and death in stagnation.

Truth or SatyaandDharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. In the National Flag of India, the top band is of Saffron colour, indicating the strength and courage of the country. The white middle band indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra.

The last band is green in colour which shows the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the land. We are taught in school to respect our flag. In other countries, people use the flag as clothes or other accessories. In India, we are extremely proud of our flag and do not let it be used on clothes or other places.

I love my Country
By Harshitha Hariprasad
(5th standard student with Air Force School ASTE, Bengaluru) | DEC 2016

I’m an Indian and I love my country. However, there are things I would like to point out which makes me sad about my country. For example,

1. Throwing garbage in our surroundings.
2. Use of plastic bags adds non-biodegradable waste to our environment.
3. Cutting down the few trees we have and not planting new ones.
4. Making the air and water polluted.

These problems worry me as a passionate Indian. But still I love my country and would like to do the best along with my family and friends.

Garbage cleaning drive: Some people say, ‘Cleanliness begins at home.’ I do my bit by keeping my room and my house clean. I throw litter in dustbins. Wet waste goes to wet trash bin and dry waste goes to the regular trash bin. If I find any waste paper, leaves from trees or dust, I take a broom and sweep it off, to keep my house clean. Many local corporations have now set up garbage clearing committees in urban and rural areas. As responsible citizens, we can deposit garbage in collection trucks, instead of throwing them on the roadside. People who throw garbage on roadsides and in others’ buildings must be punished.

Avoid plastic bags: The government has done its bit by banning plastic bags. It’s now our turn to help make the city plastic-free. Everyone in my family carries one cloth bag each in handbag/ schoolbag/office bag. When we buy something, we use cloth bags only. Cloth bags are a one-time investment; they last long and are easily reusable. This way, usage of plastic bags can be reduced and slowly we can get rid of them completely. Paper bags are also better, but paper again, comes from cutting tree, so that is not good. Cloth bags are a good option. Please encourage your friends and family to use cloth bags for shopping.

Planting trees: My mother taught me that Bengaluru is known as the Garden City. Today, there is so much garbage that people call it the Garbage City. It is a shame that the place we live gives us so much, yet we don’t protect it.

Trees inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen which is needed for human beings. Today, many trees are cut down to build more apartments and office complexes. So, there are a few trees that can take away carbon dioxide from our surroundings. This leads to air pollution. New Delhi, the capital of India, is already suffering from air pollution as the government and people there have failed at planting saplings.

One small way to start is to have a tiny garden in our house, where we can grow plants, flowers or vegetables. This can be used for cooking or puja at home. I help my grandmother in her gardening work. She grows brinjal, coriander, greens, curry leaves and tulsi. We use tulsi as a medicinal herb when my sister and I catch cold. Big things do not have to be done by big people alone. It can be done by kids like us too. We can start in a small way with the help from our parents and then help others do it as well.

Mera Bharat Mahan!

His ticket to success came from strong will
By Vagdevi H.S., Nov, 2015
As they say, the real opportunity for success lies within the person and not the job; as was proved wonderfully by Mohan H. M., a simple bus conductor in a city bus who has secured a Doctorate degree in History.
Born in a small besmirched village of Harohalli, Mohan completed his primary education and moved to Mandya for college education. Nurturing his mind with great thoughts and ambitions, he moved to Mysuru to continue his degree. However, fate had a different plan. With the sad demise of his father, he had to quit studies and start working for Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). When he started issuing tickets to hundreds of students commuting by bus every day, the concealed spark within him kindled again, which prompted him to work towards his dreams. He completed his Master’s Degree in History from KSOU and wrote the entrance exam for Ph.D. To his surprise, he stood second in the test, which assured him a seat to continue his research work. During the entire course, he juggled between work and a familial life while pursuing research paid rich dividends. Finally, all his hard work paid off and he was awarded the Doctorate degree. Being a voracious reader, he wants to publish books in Kannada to help students from rural areas to get a better scope of education. This, he says, is his humble service to the society. “As a student, I faced a lot of trouble not having access to research material in Kannada, which limited my resources,” he says. Today, not only his family and friends but also the KSRTC is incredibly proud of him and his achievements. Dr. Mohan H.M. has proved that the journey of success begins with one step and the strong determination to succeed.

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