In India, Martyr’s Day or Shaheed Diwas is observed on January 30 as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948, by Nathuram Godse.  On Martyr’s Day the President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister and the three service chiefs gather at the Samadhi at Raj Ghat memorial and lay wreaths decorated with multi-coloured flowers.  A two minute silence in memory of Indian Martyrs is observed throughout the country at 11am.

At Vidya Vikas Academy, students of Class 8 staged a skit which was presented to students and teachers in the school Assembly Area.  This skit depicted a school scene where the teacher took them travelling back through time to witness the first sepoy mutiny where martyrs like Mangal Pandey sacrificed their lives fighting the British.  Since some students were still skeptical, the teacher took them to visit the future where Indians were still dependant on the British.  This sight brought home the true importance of our brave martyrs. At 11 am the entire school fraternity observed  a two minute silence in memory of the martyrs of our country.

Co-ordinator- Tr. Sandra Mesquita

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