Republic day, 26 January 2011
The republic day of India is the biggest highlight of the start of every year. It’s celebrated on 26th of January, as a reminder of the official enactment of the first constitution of India. The republic day is one of the remarkable days in Indian history, and thus acquired the importance of a national holiday in every city and state of the country. It’s specifically celebrated in New Delhi with great honor for the Indian constitution and nostalgia of the gone by days that shaped the history for present day India.
Although India was formerly regarded as a separate state since 15th of August, it kept following The Government of Indian Act 1935, from 1947 until 1950. On August 29, 1947, right after partition, a committee was organized into motion, to decide onto the future constitution for the country. This committee was headed by Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar who finally led to the drafting of the constitution. The draft was presented to the assembly on November 4th 1947, and the assembly met for about 166 days, spread over a span of two years after which the assembly of three hundred and eight members finally decided on a permanent constitution with a few modifications to the draft.
The signatures took place on 24th of January, and within two days the constitution was finally enacted on 26th of January, 1950. The specific importance of 26th January also comes into play because many years before, on the night of December 31st, 1929, the Indian National Congress decided on their decision to designate 26th January as their “republic day” for the new state, as a reminder of all the efforts they had to make to redeem a sovereign state. Several years later, that pledge was finally enacted and since then 26th January is celebrated as the hallmark of Indian sovereignty and the efforts put forth to make this country possible.
Every year the celebrations start with Indian National Parade near Rajpath and continue till Red fort. Other spectacular events include tribal dances representing every state and aspect of Indian culture. Another unforgettable part is the beautiful streak aspect created by Indian force jet planes. These and many more celebrations set the bar of how much honor Republic day deserves and will deserve till India stays as a sovereign state on the map of the earth.