Three boys, flag in hand, walking in tandem, singing the patriotic anthem "Nanha Munha Raahi Hoon, Desh Ka Sipaahi Hoon" (I am a young wayfarer, the country's guardian) for children is how Subha Basfor, from a tiny slum community in Guwahati, Assam, visualizes his 'Republic Day'.
The precocious Subha was among several tiny tots who had turned up to participate at the drawing competition with the theme 'Republic Day' held by Inside NE on the occasion of its 3rd anniversary. The kids, who belong to very humble backgrounds are being enlightened by Miguel Das Queah, the founder of the NGO, Utsah, that looks after the well-being of kids from the underprivileged stratas of society.
Talking to us, Miguel said, "It is a very humble approach for Inside Northeast and its team members to come and spend a very important day for the organization with the children here at Utsah..its a nice gesture, and we hope we can organize many more such events for the children..." Miguel further added that the children are the vanguard of change and in these times of strife, their message of love is truly an example for the people.
Rahima, a teacher from the Assam community, told us, "I am glad...the flag has been hoisted....and we are organizing a drawing competition for the kids here. The kids are enthralled. This is how we can move forward..."
Afrida Hussain, the founding Editor-in-Chief of Inside Northeast exclaimed that she was truly thrilled to be a part of such a beautiful event and stressed on the need to promote the kids' talents on the regional as well as national arenas to further "exploit" the wealth of creativity that they possess.
On the occasion of its 3rd anniversary, Inside Northeast media had decided to organize a art competition in a slum community in Bamuninamidan in the metropolitan hub of Assam, Guwahati, and the judges were truly dazzled at the intricate, thematically rich, and colorful and popping pieces of art produced by the little kids, who, it seemed, had shown up truly determined to exhibit their creative ideas in front of a sizable gathering of community members and outsiders.
After the results were declared (and yes, Subha won the top prize), and the excited kids watched some of their peers being awarded for their exception artistry skills, it was time for cake-cutting.
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