Importance of Republic Day

Importance of Republic Day

Feb 24, 2024Ramthilak M

Republic Day is celebrated to commemorate the day the Constitution of India came into effect - 26 January, 1950.

This day holds incredible importance as it addresses the introduction of a democratic country, liberated from colonial-era Government. It upholds the standards of freedom, equity, and uniformity, and accentuates the country's obligation to its residents.

How It Started

After achieving independence from British rule on 15 August, 1947, India made significant strides towards embracing a democratic-based constitution.

However, as the laws were still based on the Government of India Act 1935, a drafting committee was formed with Dr. B R Ambedkar as its chairman. The committee took about three years to prepare the document framework for laws, government powers, duties, and the fundamental political code.

The Constitution of India was drafted by a board of members headed by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. The constitution safeguards the privileges, obligations, and desires of the residents as regulations and guidelines.

Two copies (English and Hindi) of the handwritten constitution were signed by 308 Assembly members on 24 January 1950 and two days later, the Constitution of India, the longest in the world, came into existence. The original handwritten constitution is still preserved in the Parliament.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the first President of the Republic of India. As is customary for the President of India, he addressed the nation on the eve of Republic Day.

Events on Republic Day

Every year, leaders from various nations are invited to the spectacular Republic Day parade in Delhi.

Republic Day celebrations in India happen with extraordinary excitement and are set apart by the amazing Republic Day march and parades held in the national Capital, New Delhi. The President of India hoists the National Flag, after which everyone sings our national anthem. The parades exhibit our nation’s military skills, cultural heritage, and achievements of people from various fields.

The President recognizes citizens for their exemplary services to the nation. Military personnel are honoured with Param Vir Chakra, Ashoka Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, and Shaurya Chakra for displaying valour during wartime.

Socio-cultural Impacts

National Unity: Republic Day rises above differences in religion, language, and ethnicity. It encourages a feeling of pride and unity.

Civic Engagement and Empowerment: Republic Day empowers active participation in civic life through celebrations and initiatives. It reminds citizens about their rights and responsibilities as democratic participants.

Celebration of Cultural Diversity: The lively social exhibitions and presentations on Republic Day grandstand the rich culture of India's different customs, languages, and artistic expression.

Republic Day is not a simple day of celebration; it's an occasion for us to reflect upon our duties towards the nation. It serves to remind the younger generations about the sacrifices and struggles to achieve democracy and freedom. It seeks to inspire them to uphold the values of democracy. The day also urges the citizens to work towards building a better society.

We wish you a Happy Republic Day.

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