Friday, January 18, 2008

Thoughts on Republic Day

Republic day is celebrated on 26th January every year in India. The major reason behind the celebration of 26th January as Republic Day of India is that on 26th January 1950 India became fully sovereign nation because constitute of India came into force first time on this day. Another reason behind the celebration of Republic Day is rooted in Indian national congress’s decision to celebrate this day as Republic day of India every year during the Lahore session. From 1950, Indians are observing 26 January as Republic day of India. On this day, the whole nation remains on holiday and people of India salute the sovereignty of India by hoisting Indian Flag. This day is celebrated at different levels and in all parts of India.

This day is also used to show the muscle power of armed forces and diversity of Indian culture. More or less Republic days of most of nation resemble with each other and to some extent, our Republic day celebrations also come under the same category. I remember my childhood day when we lined up in front of TV sets to watch Republic day parade streamed live on TV. On those days, large numbers of people specially visit Delhi to watch this event live from the Rajpath, however, today this enthusiasm for the Republic day is missing in people and very less number of people really seems interested in visiting Delhi for watching Republic day parade.

It is not easy for me to predict what has caused this change or we need to change Republic day celebrations for making them more attractive or we allow everything to happen as it is happening. Today, India has seen growth in many segments and thinking of many people about life has also changed. Present Indians are busier with their life and work and second, we are also becoming a part of the global village where no boundaries exist. Therefore, nobody knows exactly that what future has stored for us, however, one thing is clear that we are heading for some non-stoppable changes.


Also read- Thoughts on Independence Day
Jalianwala Bagh and Indian Freedom Struggle
Remembering Jallianwala Bagh in present time
Jalianwala Bagh’s significance in present world

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