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Republic Day

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Republic Day

Although India obtained its independence on August 15, 1947, the Constitution of India came into effect only on January 26, 1950. During the transition period from 1947 to 1950, King George VI was the head of state. Lord Mountbatten and C. Rajagopalachari served as the Governors-General of India during this period. Following January 26, 1950, Rajendra Prasad was elected as the first president of India.

Republic Day

26th January 1950 is one of the most important days in Indian history. 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. So, the 26th of January was decreed a "National Holiday" and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India, ever since.

Today, the Republic Day is celebrated all over India and specially in the New Delhi. The President presides over the function. The beginning of the occasion is always a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defense of sovereignty of their country. The President of India, who is also the Commander in Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute. Soon afterward, a 21 gun salute is presented, the President unfurls the National Flag and the National Anthem is played. This marks the beginning of the parade.

Then, the President 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 valour in different situations.

Various divisions of the Armed Forces then salute the President of India.

Every year a grand parade is held in the New Delhi, from the Rajghat, along the Vijaypath. The Chief Guest of the parade is a Head of State of another nation.

The parade also sees the Indian Military showcasing its latest acquisitions such as tanks, missiles, radars, etc.

The military contingent contains reprensentatives of all three divisions of the Armed Forces (air, sea and land). There are also massive parades of Police contingents, Home guards , Civil Defence and the National Cadet Corps.

The military parade is followed by a colourful cultural parade. India's rich cultural heritage is paraded with tableaux from various states. Each state depicts its unique festivals, historical locations and art forms. The most cheered section of the parade is the children who have won National Bravery Awards. They ride past the dais on elephants. School-children from all over the country also participate in the parade.

 

 

 

 

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