Essay on Republic Day

Essay On Republic Day

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26 January is celebrated as Republic Day in our country. On this day in 1950, the Constitution of our country was formally adopted.

The fundamental law of the land, the Constitution, born out of the deligence, conscientiousness and hard labour of our founding fathers became supreme in our country on this day.

Hence, the day has its own historical and cultural imporatnce in the history of our nation because this day is probably the best day of the history of India.

After the Independence, the country did not have any self-made official Constitution , instead its laws were based on modified colonial acts.

So, establishing an official constitution of our own was utmost important task in front of the Government of India. That's how Constitution came into being. 

Our Constitution is the fruit of the labour of the esteemed members of the Constituent Assembly under the Prsidentship of Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Dr. BR Ambedkar who is called the Father of our Constitution. After deeply studying the various constitution of the world, our founding fathers framed our Constitution.

It is one of lengthiest constitution of the world. The Constitution reflects upon the dedication and foresight of these great men.

 The Constitution took 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to take its final shape. Dr. Ambedkar was confident of his work saying

 Though it was completed on 26 November, 1949 but it came into force on 26 January , 1950.

The historical importance of this day goes back to 1930, when on this very day, Indian National Congress celebrated the country first Independence Day by hoisting the tricolour on the banks of 'Ravi' river and on this day under the leadership of Pandit Nehru, the people vowed to fight for total and complete Independence of India.

Keeping in mind the importance of this day historically, it was decided to wait for sometime and enforce our Constitution by declaring India a Republic on 26 January 1950.

Therefore, this day is celebrated as National Day with great joy and pride.
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 To mark the importance of the occasion every year a grand parade is held in the Capital, New Delhi, with great pomp and show.

It starts from the Raisina Hills near the Rashtrapati Bhawan ( the President's residence), along the Rajpath past India Gate.

Prior to its commencement, the Prime minister lays a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial to unknown soldiers at the India Gate, followed by two minutes silence in the memory of unknown sacrifice of the Soldiers.

It is a reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country.

 The grand parade starts with the President of India unfurling the National Flag, as the National Anthem is played and a 21-gun salute is given.

Important awards like the Ashoka Chakra and Kriti Chakra are given by the President. The president awards the medal of bravery to the people from the armed forces for their exceptional courage and also to the citizens , who have distinguished themselves by their different acts.

It is then followed by the march past by the contingents of the Armed Forces.
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 Different contingents of the Indian Army in addition to Navy and Airforce, with their bands march post in all their finery and official decoration.

The President of India, who is the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute. It is followed by state--wise jhankis , folk dances and breathtaking flypast in the sky by our daring.

Air Force pilots making this parade fascinating. Several school children also perform various dance forms in the parade.

The whole parade tries to capture the varied and diversified essence of Indian Culture. 

Another important episode of the parade is the presence of a chief guest.

Since 1950, India has been inviting the head of state of another country as the guest of honour for the Republic Day celebration.

The guest is chosen after a deliberation on strategic, economic and political interests. This whole parade is watched with equal enthusiasm by all.

Thousands of people in Delhi watch it in real and millions of others watch it on National Television. 

The beautiful Beating Retreat Ceremony officially denotes the end of Republic Day festivities and conduct on not that day but after 3 days.

It is conducted on 29 January, the third day after the Republic Day parade. It is performed by the bands of the three wings of military: the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

Everybody, across the country celebrates the Republic Day with great spirit to mark the auspicious day in the history of the motherland. 

Sadly, it seems that this zeal of nationalism gets ignited only on these two days--- Republic Day and Independence Day.

So, instead of merely participating with zeal and enthusiasm in our National Festivals, we should pledge to take India to greater heights and fulfil the dreams envisioned by our great leaders. 

The youth should come forward to fight the evils of casteism, corruption, literacy, poverty etc., in order to make India a worthy Republic by giving India better leaders, administrators, doctors, engineers, teachers, professionals, lawyers, etc.

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