Here is a quick primer on Indian Republic Day for our young riders.
What is “REPUBLIC DAY”?
British Rule over India for almost 200 years which ceased to exist post August 15, 1947 when our nation attained freedom and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was became Prime Minister of India. But the nation was still to be freed. It was still following the procedures, regulations and laws, penal codes which were imposed by Her Majesty’s regime. Although the nation had turned sovereign, it took another 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to turn India into a complete constitutional and democratic republic.
On January 26, 1950, the Constitution prepared by the Drafting Committee headed by Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was enacted and put into full force. Thus, the day is marked as the birth of modern India. The forefathers of the nation prepared the constitution after facing the tedious task of taking into consideration the concerns of hundreds of ethnic communities, multiple religious segments and regional tribes.
How do we celebrate?
Republic Day is celebrated to solemnize the efforts of our constitution makers, who ensured the smooth and gradual change over of India into a constitutional democracy. After 200 years of British rule, this was the day when India attained complete powers along with a system to safeguard it.
To celebrate this historic day, a series of official events are planned in the national capital. Along with a grand parade, involving all the three wings of the armed forces, paying salutations to the President of India, who is also the Command in chief of all the Defence forces. The parade moves from Rashtrapati Bhawan to the India Gate and ends at the historic Red Fort. Apart from the military wings, tribal and folk groups representing their respective states also take part in the parade. All governmental buildings are lightened for the entire week in NCR region and a national holiday is observed nationwide.
Remember your Freedom fighters
We remember and honour our freedom fighters as best as we can. But there are many people and their contributions that we have not even heard of.
Let’s come together remembering them too and pay our tributes for their immense sacrifice in helping us live in a free country.
Rani Gaidinliu, Tirot Sing, Alluri Sitarama Raju, Pingali Venkayya, Tanguturi Prakasam, Veerapandiya Kattabomman, The Trio: Benoy, Badal & Dinesh, Surya Sen, Surendra Sai, Potti Sreeramulu
Over generations, we lost a part of our language, culture, tradition and many more things around us. We request from our fellow Indians that on this republic day, let us take an oath to support Indian traditions and sustain them from extinction.