Happy 71st Republic Day!!
India will celebrate its 71st Republic day on 26th January in Rajpath at India Gate, New Delhi where Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind will unfurl the Indian Flag which will be followed by Republic Day Parade showing India’s defence capability, cultural and social heritage. The Parade is a four day affair and will end on 29th January with Beating Retreat Ceremony at Vijay Chowk on Rajpath. This day is celebrated with great pomp and show and people from far away corners of India as well as from abroad assemble in Rajpath to have a glimpse of the Parade which displays latest missiles, aircraft, weapon systems, different state heritage etc. This Republic Day chief guest will be Brazil’s President Jair Messias Bolsonaro. This is the third time that a Brazilian President will grace the Indian Republic Day Parade, other being 1996 and 2004.
Why is Republic Day Celebrated on 26th January in New Delhi?
Though India became free on 15th August 1947, it declared itself a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic country on 26th January 1950 with the adoption of the Constitution thus giving its citizens the power to choose their government, paving the way for democracy. A 21 guns salute and the unfurling of the Indian National Flag by Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, at Irwin Stadium ( Delhi) marked the historic birth of the Indian Republic on that day. Thereafter 26th January was recognised as the Republic Day of India, thus honouring the date on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.
What Sovereign, Democratic and Republic Mean?
- Sovereign – The word ‘sovereign’ states that India is an independent country. There is no authority above it, and it is free to conduct its own affairs. It neither has dependency nor governs by any outside authority.
- Democratic – The wordDemocracy is a combination of two Greek words- “Demos– meaning the people”and “Kratia- meaning power or authority”.Thus Democracy is a form of government where citizens exercise their power directly or through their elected representatives under a free electoral system. In Abraham Lincoln words Democracy means- to the people, by the people and for the people.
- Republic – The term “republic” comes from the Greek word “politeia meaning rights of citizens”. It is defined as a government system where the power is exercised through representative government and it has an elected head called the President.
What other Celebrations and Awards take place?
Besides the Republic Day Parade and Flag hoisting, various gallantry awards like Paramvir Chakra, Ashok Chakra and Vir Chakra and Pradhan Mantri Bal Shakti awards are given.These gallantry awards are given to the officers / personnel of the Armed Forces to honour their acts of bravery and sacrifice whereas Bal Shakti awards are awarded by the Indian Council for Child Welfare for performing outstanding deeds of bravery and selfless sacrifice to children in the age group of 5-18 years. Different Indian states tableaux with different themes depicting India’s rich heritage and culture is also a centre of attraction for visitors. The celebration ends with a Beating Retreat Ceremony.
Thus being an Indian citizen we are proud that we are born in a nation which rests on a tripod of democracy, diversity and development with a kaleidoscope variety and rich cultural heritage. It is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a distinct geographical entity. Its pluralism is its greatest strength and is a great example to the world of UNITY IN DIVERSITY.
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