Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Celebration and Significance of Republic Day in India

India became independent from the British Rule on 15th August, 1947. However, the country did not have its own constitution and wholly depended on the modified colonial Government of India Act, 1935. Also, India was headed by King George VI, until the adoption of the Indian Constitution in 1950.

Prior to this, the seeds of a republican nation were sowed by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in the Lahore session at the Indian National Congress at the midnight of 31st December, 1929 - 1st January, 1930.

The tri-color flag was unfurled by the nationalists present who took a pledge to celebrate ‘Purna Swaraj’ (Complete Independence) Day every year on 26th January, while continuing to fight for the establishment of a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic of India.

The Constitution of India came into force and India declared itself a Republic on 26 January 1950, a day thereafter celebrated annually as Republic Day in India. The Constitution had been drafted by the Constituent Assembly headed by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar which was set up when India gained its independence from the British in 1947. This, in fact, was a deliberate act

The festivities for Republic Day are a lot more extensive than for Independence Day. To honour the occasion, a grand parade is held in the National Capital New Delhi on this day. The various branches of the armed forces, the police, National Cadet Corps and students from various schools and institution take part in it. There have so many show casing the cultural heritage of the states and there are also the display of the latest armaments that the country has acquired.

The parade starts from India Gate and proceeds through Rajpath. There have also so many cultural programmes performed by children from various schools. Republic Day is also the time when exemplary achievements are recognized and rewarded throughout the country. Selected children are awarded the Children's Bravery Awards on this day. Soldiers who have performed exceptionally are awarded the bravery medals, Param Veer Chakra, Veer Chakra and Maha Veer Chakra.

These celebrations and rituals not only make us happy but also make proud to be an Indian which have so many cultures, religions and languages but having a Unity. Thats why India is also called as a wonderful multi-cultural country.

Republic Day represents the true spirit of the independent India. This day celebrates the power of the citizens and the secularism of the state. The Day has its significance because of our constitution.

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