Friday, November 14, 2014

Children's Day in India - Birthday of Pandit Nehru

Today in India we celebrate in a grand and special way a Children's day in honor of our great leader J. Nehru. Today is the birthday of Pandit Nehru which is celebrated all over India especially in the schools with fun and frolic. He had a special love, care and concern for the children of India. Today we remember his love for the children in gratitude and pray for this great man to inspire today’s leaders. This celebration should remind and send a strong signal to those who abuse the children and make them to work unjustly. This celebration reminds that the little children too are created in God’s image and likeness and they need to be respected and honored in our lives. Pandit Nehru became the first Prime Minister of a liberated and independent India under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi who inspired him to govern the nation with sacrifice and love. He was a perfect blend of eastern philosophical values and western scientific thinking and encouraged technological progress. But he was also a man of letters and a great poet and wrote some famous works Chacha Nehru as the children fondly referred to him, was fond of both children and roses. In fact he often compared the two, saying that children were like the buds in a garden. They should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they were the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. He felt that children
To celebrate Children's Day and the Birth Anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, following are 5 quotes from Nehru himself and 10 other quotes, sayings wishes and messages on Children:
Quotes about/on Children from Jawaharlal Nehru:
1.      "I like being with children and talking to them and, even more, playing with them. For the moment I forget that I am terribly old and it is very long ago since I was a child."
2.      "Can you recognise the flowers by their names and the birds by their singing? How easy it is to make friends with them and with everything in nature, if you go to them affectionately and with friendship. You must have read many fairy tales and stories of long ago. But the world itself is the greatest fairy tale and story of adventure that was ever written."
3.      "Grown-ups have a strange way of putting themselves in compartments and groups. They build barriers... of religion, caste, colour, party, nation, province, language, customs and of rich and poor. Fortunately, children do not know much about these barriers, which separate. They play and work with each other and it is only when they grow up that they begin to learn about these barriers from their elders."
4.      "Some months ago, the children of Japan wrote to me and asked me to send them an elephant. I sent them a beautiful elephant on behalf of the children of India... This noble animal became a symbol of India to them and a link between them and the children of India."
5.      "You know we had a very great man amongst us. He was called Mahatma Gandhi. But we used to call him affectionately Bapuji. He was wise, but he did not show off his wisdom. He was simple and childlike in many ways and he loved children... he taught us to face the world cheerfully and with laughter."
(Note: The above statements were made by Nehru in a beautiful letter to children he wrote on 3 December, 1949.)
Famous Quotes and Sayings on Children:
1.      "Adults are just outdated children" – Dr. Suess, American writer
2.      "All Children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up" – Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter
3.      "Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory of our children." – Charles R. Swindoll , author, educator and preacher.
4.      "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." -- Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa. 
5.      "It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth." – Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist and philosopher
6.      "Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they're already asleep." – H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American author
7.      "I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace." – Thomas Paine, English and American political activist
8.      "Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself." – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics. 
9.      "A definition not found in the Dictionary. 'Not leaving': An act of trust and love, often deciphered by children." – Markus Zusak, Australian writer
10.   "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." – Albert Einstein
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