Happy 68th Republic day

On this day, India’s 68th Republic day, my heart swells with pride and love towards my country and its countrymen. To search for words exacting my emotion is futile. Apart from traveling, I’m writing this blog to express my gratitude for India. For this reason I wish to let my blog be a platform to take us 68 years back (26th January 1950) and remind us the true spirit with which India was established as a republic nation. It was the day when constitution of India was adopted replacing the “Government of India Act 1935” and India became a sovereign nation.

Our National Flag – at Delhi, Jai Hind!!

Yes, it is true, just like every year, we all love to celebrate republic day; love to see Jhankis, grand parade of army dogs, army bands, army daredevils, tanks, helicopter and weapons. We can either see it at Rajpath, Delhi or live on TV. But there are many people who don’t know certain things which are essential to know like who made this constitution of India? From where did we get the word republic? How exactly we had celebrated our first republic day? Every Indian must know about it.

Let’s explore the history

Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar with the team of 299 representatives had drafted our constitution of India. It was officially approved by parliament on 26th November 1949 and adopted on 26th January 1950. The word “republic” has its origin from Latin word “rès publica” where rès means thing and publica means public. It means the system in which power is vested in the hands of public.

Here are few facts that every Indian must know and feel proud to be Indian:

  • On 26th January 1950 we got our first president Dr. Rajendra Prasad. He was escorted on an open baggi.
  • 2 days of national holiday was announced on the occasion of first republic day.
  • On the first republic day, the president of Indonesia has witnessed it as a chief guest.
  • A new history was created; for the first time the national emblem was placed at the durbar hall.
Photo credit: India’s first republic day celebrations on 26 Jan 1950

So on every 26th January, parade and flag hoisting ceremonies takes place across the country. I never miss the republic day parade, I watch it on T.V.

Special thing about the parade at New Delhi:

I never got the opportunity to attend this splendid parade at Delhi. Last year I was there in Delhi but the entry passes were out.  Republic day parade is truly a grand event. The event starts with laying the wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, by the prime minister to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for India. It feels so patriotic to be the part of crowd at Raj-path. The next part of the event is medal ceremony for the people whether soldiers or civilians who has shown bravery followed by dance performance by school children.

It is exciting to watch helicopters showering roses on the crowd; take a lovely experience of the boom made by the jets and listen to the roar of armed forces saluting our Indian flag.  Give your attention to the colorful Jhankis – showing the breathtaking diversity and immortality of Indian culture.

Patriotic crowd is enjoying the soldier march past
Photo credit: Republic Day Punjab Jhanki 2017

What is so special about republic day of 2017:

  • Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is our chief guest in parade. Therefore, whole Rajpath is decorated with potted plants of Date Palm.
  • Our 140 commandos of NSG have put their debut show in this parade.
  • Digital India and Mega Watt to Giga Watt projects were displayed by ministry of Central government.
  • After 23 years wait, I had experienced the Lakshadweep taking part in the republic day parade.
Photo credit: President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Adu Dhabi
Indian soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Let’s take a pledge to develop ourselves and our nation:

We take lots of resolution every year whether on New Year/Republic Day or on any special occasion and consequently we broke everything that we had said. Therefore let’s pledge for some important one that will have a great impact on our life:

  • First of all, take the resolution to clean your society and make India clean and safe.
  • Consequently, lets take a pledge to respect every humans and animals.
  • Take a pledge to encourage and nourish our Hindi language like other country does.
  • Let’s take responsible resolutions regarding travel this year, like I did.
  • Let’s take a pledge to be a better photographer

Jai Hind! Jai Bharat! Vande Mataram!

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4 comments

  1. Jayant

    Jai Hind …🇮🇳🇮🇳

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  2. Karan

    High Hopes For India.

    Reply

    1. prateekgoel

      Yes off course! Only We people can make India better!

      Reply

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