It was a whopping 2,200 km of running with 65 runners from Mumbai's Gateway of India to Delhi's India Gate, on the 65th Republic Day of India.
Distributing 30,000 tricolors to Indians and enrolling 60,000 students and inspiring thousands of Indians to hoist the tiranga at their homes. The statistics might be staggering but the mission of this one-man initiative is simple: 'Each Indian should have the tiranga in his/her home. After a grueling yet "overwhelming" travel, Mumbai resident Mohd Khalid Qureshi was welcomed by the students of top schools of Gurgaonat IPSAA Day Care Centre Gurgaon.
Students of top 10 schools of Gurgaon including Shri Ram Global, Amity International, Euro International, Shiv Nadar, Lotus Valley, Manav Rachna came together to welcome Mr. Khalid. He interacted with the students and parents there and shared his journey of 'I Love My Tiranga' with them. During his interaction Mr. Khalid asked few questions like "Do you have Tiranga at your homes"? and "What is the right way to dispose off the Tiranaga if it is damaged"?. He explained them the importance of Tiranga and said"You should love the tricolor the way you love your religion. Every one of us should have one tiranga in our homes". He emphasized that these young children are the true brand ambassadors of 'I Love My Tiranga'. We need to inculcate the love for our country and tricolor in these young minds and make them realize that our Tiranga is above all.
The concept, 'I Love My Tiranga, was conceived two years ago.The zealous senior ticket collector with the Western Railways was inspired to take up the 'Run for Tiranga' crusade because of his daughters. He initiated this Marathon in 2012 from Gate Way of India and concluded it in India Gate, Delhi and became the first cross country runner of India. Then also he was welcomed byShri. Narendra Modi in Gujarat, Shri Ashok Gehlot, Smt. Sheela Dixit.
In 2015, the aim was bigger and larger across the nation to promote the cause and enroll maximum number of people for this noble cause.Shri Milkha Singh was amongst those who welcomed him. The marathon was flagged of from Mumbai by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis. On his way in Mewar, he was received by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt. Anandiben Patel and Prince of Mewar, Shri Lakshya Raj Singh.
"Gurgaon has always been close to my heart; in 2012 also I received a warm welcome from the people of Gurgaon, including Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda,Mayor and administrative officers of Gurgaon. The encouragement and love received then motivated me to visit Gurgaon again and spread the message across this millennium city", Mr. Khalid.
Kanchan Mittal, Founder IPSAA Day Care, "Mr. Khalid Qureshi is an inspiration; we should learn from him that even a common man like him can bring the change in the society. We were honored to have him at IPSAA today. We support this cause and wish that more and more people support I Love My tiranga."
IPSAA is one of the leading Day Care Centre and play school in Gurgaon. Its aim is to make parenting a carefree experience. The centre is well equipped with all the modern amenties like an auditorium, cafeteria, activity hubs etc. Ipsaa Day Care currently operates in its facility at MayfieldAND now also at DLF Cyber City and plan to set up four more centers in Gurgaon shortly.