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Top 10 Simple Ways We Can Show Patriotism for India on Independence Day

We are celebrating our 73rd Independence Day India, this August 15th, 2019. It is a proud moment for our country and fellow citizens to honour our mother India with Independence Day celebration & patriotism. The feeling to wake up to patriotic Independence Day songs early in the morning, school students performing the Independence Day Flag hoisting across your locality, the scouts and guides in formation to greet the special Independence Day chief guest in schools to honour mother India and hoist the honourable flag, the speeches are given by state and district leaders, marches done by the armed forces and their animal companions, the independence day quotes online shared by our friends & family, the special sale hosted by brands and sites online, etc. These are all the familiar sites we come across on our patriotic day. Let us look at some special ways to show patriotism on Independence Day India.

1.Buying Eco-friendly Tricolour flags:

Flags are the most common symbol of Independence Day celebration. The tiny tricoloured flags you see kids and adults holding on the roads for the procession or hanging on cars or sticking on the walls of houses or terrace are made up of plastic. Once the Independence Day celebrations are done we discard these flags and we can imagine the number of plastic waste per house on an economic budget. This pollutes the environment and instead of being patriotic you become a threat on the Independence Day India. Approximately 93% of plastic waste during Independence Day celebration goes into the landfills. Imagine the stress the land has to cope during Soil erosion or a natural disaster to keep the soil strong? It makes it difficult to recycle this compound because they are not biodegradable nor can we make something else out of them.                                                    

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2.Use social media effectively on Independence Day: 

Change your display pictures to enable the awareness of Independence Day patriotism.  You can update your profile with Independence Day Video status on these platforms. You can feature Independence Day quotes or Independence Day songs. Apart from changing your profile to Independence Day Video status, you can also give your opinion on the 73rd Independence Day & its achievements. When you give opinion do not forget to look for credibility, authenticity and works and research papers on Independence Day India.  Use patriotic Independence Day quotes to spread awareness and not just for the 15th of August, you can start a week prior to this special day that is Independence Day India.

3.Participate in Poetry, storytelling, debates, elocutions, essay writing etc:

Participate in competitions like Independence Day Essay writing where you can write and pen down your thoughts or events even like Independence Day Quiz where you can showcase your Independence Day patriotism. Children can participate in their schools and colleges while we adults have a lot going on online. They can have a handwritten poem that they can read out in the assembly. This makes much effort for letting people know how important it is to celebrate mother India and Independence Day. Elocutions are basically a part of speech you can take from leaders and speak during such functions. And to speak excerpts on Independence Day quotes from leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose can make your knowledgable and a better speaker.

4.Wearing tri-colour Apparels:

Be it western, traditional or state representations also, wearing the Tricolour themed clothing is a great idea during the whole day at the Independence Day celebrations. You can represent yourself as an icon for Independence Day India where ever you go. For women, pairing up with a white top, a green or saffron-coloured pant and blue headband or stole would be a simple yet classy way to sport the Tricolours. For men, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans with a small cloth tri-coloured pinned up on your pockets. 

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5.Watching or Listening to Patriotic Media at home:

For Independence Day celebration you can watch patriotic Independence Day films like Kargil, LOC Kargil, Picket 43, Lagaan, Swades, Chak De India, Rang De Basanti, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Mangal Pandey, Sarfarosh, Tirangaa, Border, etc. You can also play patriotic Independence Day songs at home. Songs like Vande Mataram, Aye Watan Mere log, Suniyo Gaur se duniya waalo, Yeh jo des hai mera, Bharath humko jaan se pyaara hai, Singer Balamuralikrishna’s Bharath humaar etc. songs like these evoke patriotism between one & all to ponder over the Country’s greatness. 

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6. Cleaning Campaign of your Surroundings:

Conduct cleaning campaigns through schools, colleges, public spaces as part of Swach Bharath & honour the nation this Independence Day India. You can split section-wise and select a group of interested people well before the Independence Day Celebrations as cleaning day. The sections can also be given on a google map screenshot to individual phones or as printouts marks. For each section os space, you can choose 10 people to clean areas like grass lawns, flower markets, vegetable markets, hotel areas, public toilets, government schools, animal shelters, etc. Cleaning campaign can be part of the Swacch Bharath Campaign also but the awareness can be spread via an individual through social media, word of mouth and even sending out flyers and posters at least a month prior to the Independence Day celebration. 

7. Creating Patriotic Art with Friends & Family:

You can have artists from different parts of the city come to a venue where they can create Independence Day drawing, paint, sketch or even illustrate their favourite freedom fighter. You can have singers and dancers perform on particular slots. It can be like an Independence Day India celebrations. The beauty of such functions like holding Independence Day drawing competitions is that it not only creates enthusiasm but creates awareness among individuals and makes everyone want to be a part of it. You can also try music and sketch in the Independence Day drawing competitions where artists can sketch the content the song presents so this brings in more audience and participation increases as part of Independence Day patriotism. 

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8. Kite flying with Neighbours, Friends & Fellow Citizens:

A part of the Independence Day celebrations that is present in almost all northern states of India is Kite flying. The participation depends on the amount of publicity sent prior to Independence Day celebrations. A lot of foreigners come to India during the rainy season so flying tri-coloured kites is a great way of showing patriotism. You can also go to different hill cliffs and have a tradition where a gang of 50 friends or family members spend half the Independence day there and have kite fest. This way the dotted blue sky will have the tricoloured flag flying. 

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9. Obeying all the traffic safety rules:

Be it from wearing a seatbelt to a helmet and having your kids secured with seatbelts behind are all following obeying rules this Independence Day India. You can obey by not drinking and driving as the Independence Day celebrations is not the only way to honour your freedom. You can also assure on paying your taxes on time, clearing old traffic fines, renewing your vehicle insurance etc as a form of Independence Day celebrations this year. 

10. Speak out Loud about being spiritual yet secular:

Being spiritual does not mean you are not truly secular. In a country like India with a diverse culture, it should be every citizen’s duty to respect every other religion. This Independence Day India, you can proudly say our country is secular because it is. But being spiritual and secular is mutually exclusive. You can show patriotism by praising all religions or none and being an Indian citizen to all at any Independence Day Celebrations gathering.

Hope you utilise this National holiday to honour the people who fought with their lives to get you Freedom & this Great Nation that We Call Home! 

 

Wish you all a Commendable & Change Inducing Independence Day 2019.

Essential Guide to ICC World Cup 2019: All You Need to Know

Are you a diehard Cricket fan or are you just dreading the fact that the ICC World Cup 2019 is around the corner and as a “non-follower” of the sport it would be hard for you to join in on the Cricket talks with your friends and colleagues. If you are then, don’t worry! We got you covered with the essential information about the ICC World Cup 2019. In a country that is mad about Cricket, get your necessary dose of cricketing gyaan here, read on.

The time has finally come for 10 teams to face against each other in the ultimate cricket showdown in the ICC World Cup 2019. The cricket world cup takes place every four years and this 12th edition of the legendary tournament is hosted by England and Wales. The one day ODI competition is where each team faces a 50 over innings each in a match and will be held in the duration of 46 days and 11 venues. This year is an open tournament with many teams in top form and the tournament opens with the match between England and South Africa.

ICC World Cup 2019 is the first time a tournament will run without an associate team or even a non-full member will not feature in the tournament. This is also the first time at least one full member has not qualified for the Cricket world cup. Zimbabwe and Ireland are two full members who have failed to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019.

This is also the first time in world cup history England is hosting a Day/night match for the Cricket World Cup. As a matter of fact, England has hosted the Cricket world cup four times and all of them were day games. In the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, England is hosting a total of seven days or night matches. Australia is the current Cricket world cup defending champions after defeating New Zealand in the 2015 Cricket world cup.

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How does the ICC World Cup 2019 Format work?

This year the tournament is going to be played in a Round-Robin format as all the 10 teams will play against each other in the league stage that brings it to 9 games per team. Each of the competing team gets 2 points for a win and 1 point for a tie or no result. The rules are simple – the team with the most points at the end of the league stage makes it to the top four.

What happens if the teams are tied on points?

The winner in this situation is chosen by the number of wins. If team Australia has 4 wins and ten points and India has 5 wins and ten points, India would go through to the semi-finals. If both the teams are tied on the points and the wins, then the team with the higher Net Run Rate(NRR)goes through.

New additional rules?

In the past the Super over – tiebreaker- was available only at the finals. This year the rules have changed and the World Cup will have the super over option right from semi-finals.

How much is the Prize Money?

The total prize money for the entire tournament is $10,000,000. The winner will be awarded $4,00,000, and the runner up $2,000,000. The losing semi-finalist will get $800,000 each and the winner of each league stage match gets $40,000 per win. With so much money involved, it’s bound to be a competitive tournament.

The teams, captains, and players competing for the ICC World Cup 2019:

  • India

 Virat Kohli ©, Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Y. Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.

  • England

Eoin Morgan ©, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

  • Pakistan 

Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & wicket-keeper), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain

  • Australia 

Aaron Finch ©, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins

  • South Africa 

Faf du Plessis ©, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.

  • Sri Lanka 

Dimuth Karunaratne ©, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jefferey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeewan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana.

  • New Zealand 

Kane Williamson ©, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham

  • West Indies 

Jason Holder ©, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wicket-keeper), Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis.

  • Bangladesh 

Mashrafe Mortaza ©, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.

  • Afghanistan 

Gulbadin Naib ©, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 – Game Of Power For The World’s Largest Democracy

We are in April 2019 heading straight right into the General Elections in India, which is held every five years and has been, scheduled to be held in 7 phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019. Elections decide upon the ruling party in India which is selected by the highest number of seats that are won by the contesting parties and their MP’s. 2018 had been a year of many political changes rearranging the stage to such an extent that the 2019 elections are the proper contest to be witnessed. The 17th Lok Sabha elections will surely decide upon the political climate of India and the future of its citizens as there are a number of issues supposed to be of importance including the recent conflict with Pakistan, GST, Unemployment and national security.

To vote is to have your say at the elections, and to do that you must be 18 years or older, a resident of the polling area of the constituency and should also possess a valid voters identification card issued by the election commission of India. This year will also feature the voter -verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) system which helps record each vote cast by generating an EVM slip and is to be implemented in all of the 543 Lok Sabha constituency and this year will have a record-breaking 10lakh plus polling stations during the elections. Considering the 900 million people eligible to vote, and an increase of 84.3 million from the previous election, 2019 is the largest –ever election in the world.

How is the Prime minister elected?

In India, the winning party with the majority of the seats gets to choose the Prime minister. At a total of 543 seats, the parties are represented by candidates in Lok Sabha, the lower house of the parliament. The prime minister will be the representative from the party with the highest number of seats at the Lok Sabha. In case, if no party fails to get a majority, a coalition of different parties can come together to form the next government. The polling process lasts several weeks altogether as it unfolds in several phases in different regions of the country. The votes are to be counted and the results to be announced by the end of May 23.

The BJP – Congress – Regional parties Test

BJP: BJP is at a crossroad, considering their stint at power for the last 5 years and seeking a second term in government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the BJP campaign on 12 January 2019 and emphasized on job creation and economic development. Modi looks to adopt a high-risk strategy as an incumbent prime minister, trying to establish fresh chemistry along with potent allies and leaders. But, this would mean BJP adjusting priorities to better suit the old and potential new allies as they can exercise better influence over the BJP government. Internally Modi has to unite more vocal right-wing elements under a new Modi agenda and help in shaping the political landscape of BJP at the crossroad. BJP has a tricky terrain to cross this election and they look to be going all in to be the ruling party once again in India

Congress:  The Congress is trying to broaden the chances for its president Rahul Gandhi to come into power by keeping him off the BJP propagated a race of NaMo vs RaGa as it feels that it would turn the fence-sitting voters towards Modi. Rahul Gandhi is pursuing the Congress’s power of committed voters to strike alliances with regional parties that feel threatened by BJP’s rise and rule. Congress’s victory lies in its ability to concede space and act peacemaker among regional parties will extent, nature and the challenge it can pose against as the opposition against the BJP.

Regional Parties: Regional parties have a vital role to play this election. The regional pride the parties induce and propagate will be asserted strongly in 2019 for the name of protecting India’s federal character. However, the biggest challenge for these parties is that they are saddled by the second generation leadership of the dynastic approach and a rebellion is usually as unexpected as can be a whisper away in these regional parties. Akhilesh Yadav, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Tejaswi Prasad, Sukhbir Badal, Uddhav Thackray, M K Stalin, and H D Kumaraswamy are among the prominent next-generation dynast that have had a good start and with efficient hand held by their leaders and now faces the credibility test to prove their individual worth in politics. The other set of parties are dominated by single leaders and are more relatively successful than the ‘dynasts’.

The Battle for Karnataka

The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections are all set for the battle of Karnataka as BJP, Congress and JD(S) are all gearing to take control of the state. Karnataka goes into polls o both April 18 and April 23, as part of the seven-phase polls as announced this year. The total seats available are 28 for the 28 constituencies of Karnataka of which 14 would go into the poll in the 1st phase with the second phase of polls followed on April 23rd.

Every vote counts the story of India’s election

The 2019 Election is the opportunity for every Indian citizen to utilize their right to vote to power their chosen government as our right to vote obligates us to exercise it. This is the most fundamental right a citizen has in a democracy and the hallmark of a vibrant democracy like India, where the voting can be done freely and fearlessly. There are false rumors of penalty for non-voters and e-voting, but as the worlds biggest democracy India grants every freedom of choice for people to vote or not at their discretion. For more info on the current issues, this election clicks here.

We know that the general elections 2019 will be crucial for the economy as well as the welfare of the people. Prepare yourself adequately, as we exercise the right to vote this year is the least we can do as responsible citizens of this great nation, our beloved India!

 

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