BHOPAL: On the eve of the Republic Day, The Free Press Journal spoke to city people from all walks of life to know what they do beyond their jobs or businesses to serve the country, especially on this auspicious day.

Helping the needy

“I don’t wait for a particular day; whenever I get a chance I to do small things for the needy.  Normally, I make people aware of the sufferings of animals and also on wasting food.”

Aruna Mishra, House Maker

Remembering martyrs

“For the past three years, we have been organising Prabhat Pheris in which people of different age-groups including children and the young and the old. The main objective is to highlight the contribution of martyrs. We also tell children about the importance of the day.”

Pragati Shrivastava, President, Nari Sashaktikaran Manch

Disposing of plastic flags

“For the past many years, I’m observing that most of people purchase national flag  made of plastic or paper and dump it anywhere after use. And it hurts me a lot from inside to see the insult of our national flag.  So, from this Republic Day, we decide to collect flags lying at different places like Lal Parade Ground,  Top’N Town and  give it for recycling. In this way we will not only prevent the arrest of our national symbol but also save environment.”

Shahvez Sikander, Theatre and TV actor

Cleaning forests of plastic waste

“For the past 15 years, we spend the day in forests. We try to get as close to nature as possible. During our journey we collect all plastic bags and bottles spoiling the beauty of nature, put them in a bag and dispose them of at a suitable place.”

Sanjay Madhup, Secretary, Lake City Unit, Youth Hostel Association of India, Bhopal

Patriotic play

“We have been preparing a patriotic play with school children for the last three years. And our objective behind this is to make them aware about freedom fighters who scarified their life for our country.”

Nitin Tejraj, Yoga Instructor and Theatre Actor

Giving warmth

“From this year we have decided to donate warm clothes which we generally don’t use to needy people. The bite of the cold turns much more vicious if we do not have woollens to wrap ourselves in.”

Dr. Pradeep Verma, physician and theatre actor.

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