26th January, 2011: Best wishes to all our Indian readers on Indian Republic Day. The 26th January 1950 was a historic day for Indians as the constitution of India came into force and the country became a truly sovereign state. On this day India became a totally republican unit.
The country finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the numerous freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of their country. The day was declared as a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India, ever since.
The Republic Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over India and especially in the country’s capital, New Delhi. The beginning of the occasion is always a somber reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs, who died for the country in the freedom movement.
The President of India comes forward to award the medals of bravery to the people from the armed forces for their exceptional courage in the field and also the civilians, who have distinguished themselves by their different acts of courage in different situations.
To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, from the Rajghat, along the Vijaypath. The different regiments of the army, the Navy and the Air force march past in all their finery and official decorations even the horses of the cavalry are attractively caparisoned to suit the occasion.
The crème of N.C.C cadets, selected from all over the country consider it an honour to participate in this event. The students from various schools also participate in the event. They spend many days preparing for the event and no expense is spared to see that every detail is taken care of, from their practice for the drills, the essential props and their uniforms.
The parade is followed by a procession of stunning exhibits from different states of the country. These moving displays portray scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display.
Each presentation brings out the variety and richness of the culture of India. The entire show lends a festive air to the occasion.
The parade and the ensuing spectacle is telecast by the National Television and is watched by millions of viewers in every corner of the country. The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings the whole country together even in her essential diversity.