Sig­nif­i­cance of Repub­lic Day

How In­dia be­came a sov­er­eign, demo­cratic na­tion

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If the mid­night of Au­gust 15, 1947 marks the day In­dia gained in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tish rule, it was only on Jan­uary 26, 1950, that the Con­sti­tu­tion of In­dia was fi­nally adopted, mak­ing the coun­try a sov­er­eign, sec­u­lar, and demo­cratic repub­lic.

In­dia was func­tion­ing un­der the laws en­acted and im­ple­mented by the Bri­tish un­til this day. The Con­sti­tu­tion was ap­proved and ac­cepted on Novem­ber 26, 1949, fol­low­ing sev­eral amend­ments and fi­nally came into force on Repub­lic Day.

On this day, Ra­jen­dra Prasad took the oath as the first pres­i­dent of in­de­pen­dent In­dia at the Dur­bar Hall in the Government House, Delhi. He then drove to the Ir­win Sta­dium to hoist the na­tional flag which was fol­lowed by a 21-gun salute. And that’s how the tra­di­tion of flag hoist­ing and pa­rade be­gan.

On Repub­lic Day, mar­tyrs and heroes are con­ferred pres­ti­gious awards such as the Kirti Chakra and Ashok Chakra by the pres­i­dent. The guest of hon­our at the pa­rade is gen­er­ally a dig­ni­tary from a for­eign coun­try. The chief guest this year is the King of Bhutan Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck. The fes­tiv­i­ties con­clude with the Beat­ing Re­treat cer­e­mony on Jan­uary 29.

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