Though India became a free nation on August 15, 1947,

it declared itself a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state with the adoption of the Constitution on January 26, 1950.

A salute of 21 guns and the unfurling of the Indian National Flag by Dr. Rajendra Prasad heralded the historic birth of the Indian Republic on that day. Thereafter, 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and was recognised as the Republic Day of India.

The Constitution gave the citizens of India the power to choose their own government and paved the way for democracy. Dr. Rajendra Prasad took an oath as the first President of India at the Durbar Hall in Government House. This was followed by the Presidential drive along a five-mile route to the Irwin Stadium, where he unfurled the Indian Tricolor.

The 71st Republic Day Celebrations will begin with the Flag Hoisting Ceremony by Hon’ble President of India – Shri Ram Nath Kovind. This will then be followed by the Republic Day Parade from Rajpath, New Delhi.

On Republic Day, flag hoisting ceremonies and parades by armed forces and school children are held in different parts of the country. The grandest and most important of these parades is held at Rajpath in New Delhi, which showcases a multi-hued image of the country’s rich cultural heritage and military prowess.

This parade is presided over by the President of India. One of the main functions of the Republic Day Parade is to pay tribute to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the country and to confer bravery awards on military persons, citizenry and children for showing courage in the face of adversity. (Source: KnowIndia)

Here’s wishing every Indian,

🇮🇳Happy 71st Republic Day! 🇮🇳

Happy writing till we meet next.

Until then, carpe diem! 🙂

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© Asha Seth

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