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Painting a message of patriotism

G. RAVIKIRAN

A group of NCC cadets from rural schools in Krishna district artistically created a powerful message that cannot be ignored.

PHOTO: RAJU V.

EMERGENCE OF THE INDIAN SUPER POWER: Creating a work of art

Nimble fingers worked briskly and spun magic to create colourful patterns on the ground with an ethnic touch. Half a dozen boys and girls, drawn from various rural schools in the Krishna district, mingled harmoniously with their team to produce an appealing artistic work on the theme "India as an emerging space power."

The eagerness of the school-level cadets to express their patriotism was amply evident at the NCC inter-unit competition organised by the Kakinada Group at Nuzvid in Krishna district recently. The event was called "Flag Area" competition, based on its purpose to test each team's ability to send across the message of the country's technological advancement. Participating in the competition was a bunch of students belonging to Zilla Parishad High Schools located at Mudinepalli and Vuyyur in the Krishna district. They formed part of the team of 16 (Andhra) NCC battalion based in Machilipatnam.

K. Nagamani, a Std. IX student of the school at Vuyyur, moved swiftly to add colour and give shape to the pattern. A studious girl, she was attracted towards NCC on seeing another girl's transformation in NCC. "It is a matter of pride for me to be an NCC cadet. This kind of an experience I would not have had anywhere else," she said.

Patriotic proof

Commanding Officer 16 (A) NCC battalion P.P. Sarma said that the "Flag Area" competition would give the cadets an opportunity to communicate their ideas and thoughts on patriotism powerfully. "Once they draw it on the ground, it is proof of their commitment and excellence. It enhances the urge even more," he added.

Associated NCC officer M.V.S.S. Prasad, Subedars Ashok Kumar and S. Tilak Raj guided the students in drawing the patterns. The students drew the picture of a zooming rocket symbolising the rapid strides made by India in the world of space science.

In the minds of some parents, NCC might be all about discipline, patriotism and national integration.

But a close look at the overall activities would reveal the greater benefits that an NCC cadet would enjoy right from the school level. The NCC would offer special programmes that create ample scope for school children to hone their creative skills and also life skills.

Another advantage that would come with the NCC experience is that the school children would be able to use their individual skills to complement the efforts of a larger team that would consist of a mixture of college and school students.

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