Republic Day: History, facts and relevance
This morning when I tore the leaflet off the date calendar, my eyes were fixated on the number twenty-six printed in bold and black. Something stirred in my heart. A wish to take a trip down memory lane took seed in my mind. I closed my eyes and pictures of a little version of myself dressed in a school uniform came cascading in front of my eyes. Republic day back then meant celebrations in school, inspiring speeches, competitions, national anthem and sweets distributed at the end. With time priorities change and so do we. To many, Republic day is nothing more than a national holiday now.
It's time we look back and reinstil the patriotic fervour in each one of us. India achieved independence from the British Raj on 15th August 1947 following the Indian Independence movement. Republic day celebrates the coming into force of its constitution. A draft constitution was prepared and submitted to the constituent assembly on 4th November 1947. After making some modifications the 308 members of the assembly signed two handwritten copies of the document on 24th January 1950. Two days later on 26th January 1950, it came into effect throughout the nation. On that day Dr.Rajendra Prasad began his term of office as president of the Indian union. The constituent assembly became the parliament of India.
On the eve of Republic day, the President addresses the nation. The main Republic day celebrations are held in New Delhi. Ceremonious parades, take place at the Rajpath before the President of India. A tribute to India, its unity and diversity and rich cultural heritage are paid through this parade.
On the eve of Republic Day, Padma awards are distributed by the President. The Beating Retreat ceremony is held after officially marking the end of Republic Day activities.
Flag hoisting and other celebrations are organised in schools, colleges and offices. This Republic Day let\"s remember the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters and thank them for bestowing us with freedom and a constitution to guide us.
The team of The Pink Comrade wishes everyone a very Happy Republic Day