Children's Day (14 Nov)
On the occasion of Children’s Day, 14th November, 2018, I convey my best wishes and blessings to the children of Goa.
The birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru affectionately called as Chacha Nehru, a great Indian leader, is celebrated as Children’s Day. Believing in the saying “Child is the father of man” (which means that, an adult is the product of his habits and behaviour developed in the childhood), he worked relentlessly for the well being and progress of children as well as youngsters after the independence of India. He was very affectionate towards children and became famous as Chacha Nehru among them.
I strongly believe that the foundation of a strong nation depends on the way its children are cared and nurtured. In order to build a strong nation we must instill good moral values in our children providing them love and care; guiding them through thick and thin till they become confident and strong enough to contribute in nation building. Fredrick Douglass, an American social reformer, writer and statesman once said- ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men’. A wise quote referring to the role children could play in laying the foundation of a strong nation; a thought also shared by a much respected Indian freedom fighter and the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
As an ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, I would like to emphasize that our children should be given education about the importance of cleanliness. On the occasion of Children’s Day, we must teach the children that cleanliness is very essential for children to prevent them from diseases and death rate caused due to the unhygienic conditions. Cleanliness is a good practice and can be followed as a habit if practiced from the childhood. Each and every child must understand the cleanliness as their first and foremost responsibility as well as know about the necessity and importance of the cleanliness. Cleanliness is a good habit which promotes us towards better life and makes us healthy physically, mentally, socially ad intellectually. It can be developed at any age however best time to practice it is from childhood.
Lastly we all need to remember the words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru: “Children are like buds in a Garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.”I once again on the occasion of Children’s Day, extend my greetings to all the children of Goa.
Governor of Goa
13th November, 2018.