20th November is celebrated as the Universal Children’s Day to celebrate childhood. But in India this day is celebrated on 14th November, the date that marks the birth anniversary of independent India’s first Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
He was the ‘beloved’ of all the children who gave him the endearing name of ‘Chacha Nehru’. As a tribute to this great man and his genuine love for children, his birthday is celebrated all over India as ‘CHILDREN’S DAY’. A day of fun and fanfare. It is not only a national holiday, but is celebrated with singing, dancing and storytelling in schools and colleges as well as on radio and television. Special functions are held to honour children all over the country.
But the fact remains that only a section of the country’s children actually have an opportunity to celebrate their existence. Schools organize events and activities that their students thoroughly enjoy, but there is an entire populace of young ones that are left ignored on this special day – the downtrodden street children and other underprivileged ones. Why not then mark the day with trying to bring some difference into the lives of those underprivileged ones.
Childhood is about innocence and playfulness. It is about joy and freedom. Maybe on this day we can make some effort to help sponsoring the education of an unprivileged child. The fortunate ones should be reminded about their good fortune to have all that they are endowed with, while there are others who can barely feed or clothe themselves.
Celebrating Children’s Day is about giving children the right to enjoy and grow into healthy and educated citizens of the country, and if we can teach our child the value of sharing with others what they are lucky to have, then not only they will grow into a responsible human being, but also another child, who otherwise could have ended up being a delinquent.