Republic Day Celebrations by Goonj
Goonj, MIT’s Hindi club, celebrated India’s 69th Republic Day with patriotic fervour in the MIT Food Court on the January 26. With speeches, poems and other performances, the event resonated with the audience’s emotions.
The event began with the evening’s host Mayank Khurana setting the mood with a few two-liners. He introduced the first speaker, Divyansh Mishra, who read out his eloquent poems ornamenting the majestic land of India, focusing on the country’s tolerance. Next, Pragya Mishra narrated a letter supposedly written by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The letter focused on the importance of upholding secularism, a founding principle of our country.
Dr Narayan Shenoy, the Associate Director of Student Welfare and Dr. BHV Pai, Joint Director of MIT were also present at the event. Narayan Shenoy sang two songs dedicated to Mother India, eliciting applause from the audience, who sang a few lines along with him.
Ravish Kumar, another articulated poet who took the stage, voiced his desire to join the army and serve the nation with integrity. All the poems and the response they received displayed the patriotism and loyalty residing in the heart of the country’s youth. Among the other performers were a dance crew from Reapers and Karan Vyas, who mesmerized the audience as he played Vande Mataram on the flute.
Former and founding board members of Goonj Nikhil Singh, Kumar Utkarsh, and Kunal Ranjan were called on stage to say a few words. Nishit Singh Chauhan, introduced as “the Sher of Goonj” by the host, gave a forceful speech, talking about the Indian soldiers who had recently lost their lives at the border. Following their talks, the celebrations came to a close with the singing of the national anthem.