Lucknow, Aug. 13 : As many as 200 students from madrasas of Uttar Pradesh and various other states celebrated the 70th Independence Day by participating in a national Tiranga painting competition organised by Darul Uloom Firangi Mahal madrasa here on Saturday.
Firing their imagination, madrasa students of age group of 6-24 years from U.P., Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Bihar, gave different forms to Tricolour.
The winners will be awarded first, second, third and consolation prizes on August 15. Darul Uloom Firangi Mahal madrasa principle Maulana Khalid Rasheed told ANI their aim behind organising the Tiranga painting competition was to inculcate respect, love and affection for the national flag and the country among children, who participated in a big number.
"We are happy to note that the children have knowledge about the national flag, colours and design. At Darul Uloom, we are having a week-long Independence Day celebration, during which we are organising, besides the national flag competition, quiz and debate competitions as well.
We have given children topics related to India's independence so that they can understand contributions made by different religious groups for the freedom of India and realise that the country was freed after great sacrifices by the people," added Maulana Khalid Rasheed.
One of the participating students, Mohammad Nanmad, who hails from U.P.'s Deoria district, said: "I participated in the competition for the first time.
I am happy that I participated in the competition and made a flag. 'Hamare desh ka jhand humko mehboob hai' (I love my country's flag). I wanted to make my country's flag from the heart." Another student, Mohammad Azam told ANI, "I have participated in the competition earlier too.
I am very happy to participate in the competition. I have made a flag.".