1 Oct : In a grand spectacle amidst the backdrop of the majestic India Gate, over 7,000 NCC cadets will descend on the adjoining lawns tomorrow morning to pledge themselves for communal harmony.
At a time when the nation is passing through some turbulent times with incidents of vandalism in some places against a particular minority community marring the secular and tolerant image of the country, the young cadets, hailing from all across the country, leaving behind the baggage of faith and religious identity, will commit themselves to foster communal harmony.
With the Amar Jawan Jyoti standing as an eternal witness to India’s consolidation as a multi-religious and multi-linguistic country, the Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju, who has the distinction of being the youngest MP in the 9th Lok Sabha when he was first elected to the house from Kakinada constituency in Andhra Pradesh in 1989, will administer the communal harmony pledge to the cadets as the massive gathering rises in one voice to echo the sentiments of a young and vibrant India.
In a gesture, over 30 Members of Parliament will also be present on the occasion to show solidarity with the youth. The mass movement initiated by the National Cadet Corps, the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world, coincides with the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who devoted and sacrificed his life to brotherhood and peace among different communities.