Nelson Mandela once said, "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
And I have with me, a list of children who proved how brave they are. They took a risk and gained an unforgettable experience. Yes! This upcoming January 26, 2018, Republic Day, 18 brave children will participate in the parade after being complimented with the National Bravery Award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The award ceremony will be hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The awards are divided into five categories Bharat Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Bapu Gaidhani Award, and General National Bravery Awards.
So, how about we see who are these seven girls and 11 boys who are making their mark by being a brave ideal for countrymen.
Nazia, an 18-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh helped local police capture gamblers. She will be awarded the Bharat Award on January 24.
Netravati M Chavan was a 14-year-old who lost her life saving two boys from drowning. She will be bestowed the Geeta Chopra award posthumously.
17-year-old F Lalchhandama from Mizoram will be honoured posthumously.
Loukrakpam Rajeshwori Chanu was a 15-year-old from Manipur who will also be awarded posthumously.
Karanbeer Singh is a 17-year-old from Punjab who will be awarded The Sanjay Chopra Award. He rescued 15 children from a school bus which was drowning in drains. He was also on the bus and was injured but he showed courage and saved himself and others as well.
Betshwajohn Peinlang is a 14-year-old from Meghalaya who will be awarded The Bapu Gaidhani Award. This brave kid saved his 3-year-old brother from their burning house.
Seven-year-old Mamata Dalai from Odisha will also be given The Bapu Gaidhani award. She saved her friend from the jaws of a crocodile.
*Oh my God!*
Sebastian Vincent, a 13-year-old from Kerala will be awarded the Badu Gaidhani Award. Sebastian bravely saved his friend from an inevitable mishap on a railway track.
The other recipients of the bravery awards include Laxmi Yadav, a 16-year-old from Raipur.
From Nagaland, Mansha N, a 13-year-old, N Shangpon Konyak, Chingai Wangsa and Yoaknei, 18-year-old children will also be awarded.
Samridhi Sushil Sharma, a 17-year-old from Gujarat, Zonuntluanga, Pankaj Semwal, 16-year-old kids from Mizoram and Uttarakhand respectively are also among the brave kids who will be awarded.
Nadaf Ejaj Abdul Rauf, a 17-year-old from Maharashtra, and Pankaj Kumar Mahanta, a 15-year-old from Odisha will also be awarded.
The National Bravery Awards are given under the guidance of Indian Council of Child Welfare every year on Republic Day.
Congratulations to all the award winners. The nation is proud of you. At the end, all we have to say is, BE BRAVE!
Source: Press Information Bureau
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