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"Building a Better Nation: The Legacy of Republic Day"

Proud to be Indian: Celebrating Republic Day

By PRITHIV RAJ SPublished about a year ago 3 min read
"Building a Better Nation: The Legacy of Republic Day"
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Every year on January 26th, India celebrates Republic Day to commemorate the adoption of the country's Constitution on that date in 1950. The Constituent Assembly adopted the Indian Constitution on November 26, 1949, and it went into effect on January 26, 1950, with a majority of 184 votes in favour and none against it, replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as India's governing document and transforming the country into a newly formed republic.

On this day, the capital city of New Delhi holds a huge parade with cultural performances, floats representing various states, and demonstrations of military weapons. The procession is presided over by India's President, who is the event's principal guest. The march begins at Rashtrapati Bhavan and travels to India Gate.

The parade's feature is the exhibition of floats representing various Indian states, showing their culture and traditions. The parade also showcases India's military prowess and cultural diversity. The procession draws a big crowd, including officials from foreign nations, and is live aired on national television.

In addition to the parade, there are also other celebrations and events held in different parts of the country to mark the occasion, including patriotic rallies, cultural programs, and sports competitions. Schools and colleges also hold special events to celebrate the day, and the national flag is flown on all government buildings.

People around the country also mark the day by raising the national flag, singing patriotic songs, and attending patriotic rallies. Some individuals in their communities also organize patriotic cultural activities and tournaments. It is also a day of national togetherness, with people from many areas, ethnicities, and religions coming together to celebrate India's diversity and reaffirm their loyalty to the country.

While India celebrates Independence Day on August 15, when it gained independence from British rule, Republic Day marks the implementation of the constitution. The date of January 26 was chosen since it was on this day in 1929 that the Indian National Congress released the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj), which opposed the British Regime's Dominion status.

After achieving independence in 1947, Indian officials set about creating a constitution. On August 29, a committee chaired by Dr. BR Ambedkar was formed to develop a permanent constitution for independent India. The committee wrote the constitution and delivered it to the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1947.

The battle for independence from British colonial control in India was a lengthy and laborious process that lasted over a century. It was headed by a coalition of political figures and organizations, notably the Indian National Congress and Mahatma Gandhi. Nonviolent civil disobedience, huge protests, and acts of civic resistance defined the movement. The British government reacted with repression, including the use of force and the arrest of demonstrators and leaders. The battle for freedom culminated in 1947 with the partition of India into two sovereign states, India and Pakistan. Millions of people were forced to flee their homes as a result of the division.

It involved a combination of non-violent civil disobedience led by figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and violent protests and uprisings. The British government's refusal to grant India self-rule and the repression of protests by British authorities made the struggle for independence difficult. Additionally, the movement was divided on religious and political lines, which made unity and cooperation a challenge.

India's struggle for independence from British colonial rule was a long and difficult process that lasted for several decades. The Indian National Congress, a political party that was formed in 1885, was at the forefront of the independence movement. They led various campaigns and protests, such as non-violent civil disobedience, to demand self-rule. However, the British government responded with repression and violence, including the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. Additionally, the independence movement faced internal divisions and conflicts, particularly between Hindus and Muslims. It was not until 1947, after World War II, that India finally gained independence.

To summarize, Republic Day is a significant national holiday that is celebrated across India with great passion and patriotic zeal. It is a day to commemorate India's Constitution and the country's transition to a republic, as well as to celebrate the country's unity and diversity.

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