Although India obtained its independence on 15 August 1947, it did not yet have a permanent constitution till the 26 January 1950. The new constitution of free India, which is considered as the real building block of our country, came into force with effect from 26th Jan 1950. It was on this day in 1950, that India became a Sovereign Democratic Republic and gave to itself a constitution of its own. Since then we celebrate Republic day on 26th Jan every year with great patriotism.
Looking back, our country had been laid upon on one of the world’s oldest civilization with a large treasure of experience, knowledge and thoughts contributing a lot for building up this nation. The inspiring words given by our great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru and others has not only motivated the people during the colonial period but also motivate the young generation of India to hold the head high and move forward. This day is the celebration of the vision and sacrifices made by our founding fathers, depriving themselves the luxuries of normal life so that future generations can have a good life for themselves. This is the one of the solemn occasion for an Indian to pay tributes to those great nationalists to whom we owe our freedom as they have only made it possible for us to stand together to breathe the fresh air of freedom and democracy. Today we are enjoying the fruits of their labour.
It is the duty of every young and old Indian to observe our Republic Day with all sincerity as this observance reminds us of our sacred duty to guard our Constitution which has made India the Sovereign Democratic Republic. There is a saying. “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”.
To mark the importance of the occasion, it is quite fittingly observed in New Delhi and in the State capitals with great pomp and show. On this day, we see the police parade and the march-past followed by a pageant of spectacular displays from different states of the country. These moving exhibits depict scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display. Each display brings out the diversity and richness of the culture of India and the whole show lends a festive air to the occasion. People rally round the Indian National Flag. Flag-hoisting forms an important part of the ceremony. The National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana..” is sung everywhere. The parade and the ensuing pageantry is telecast by the National Television and is watched by millions of viewers in every corner of the country.
The patriotic fervour of the people on this day brings the whole country together even in her essential diversity. Every part of the country is represented in occasion, which makes the Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India.