The spirit of competition and camaraderie was on display at the R-Day function at Aamtal village in Baliapur block, about 10km from Dhanbad district headquarters, on Saturday.
Here, students from high-profile urban schools shared the stage with their lesser-privileged counterparts from village cradles during a competition held by Rajiv Gandhi Memorial BEd College.
Over 200 students from Abhay Sundri School, Aamtal Middle School and Kuian Middle School and another 200 from cradles, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial School and Rajkamal Saraswati Vidya Mandir, participated in the programme on the under-construction campus of a private institute.
A debate on the topic, Bharat ki azadi ke vartaman pariprekshya mein vidyarthiyon ka dayitwa, saw participation from 10 students. “All were given medals while Puja Kumari of Rajkamal Saraswati Vidya Mandir was winner,” said founder of Samast Samarpan Foundation Anil Pandey, who co-ordinated the event.
There were also dance, drama and mimicry. The highlight of the day was a speech presented by four children from backward gulgulia community, who beg on the streets. Puja (9), Idni (9), Shanti (11) and Jhumri (8) spoke on “We don’t know who is Bharat Maata but we still celebrate Republic Day.”