India is a Republic and so we are!

68th Republic day is here and everything is all back to the golden era. India is a republic and so we are, because of all the iron-jawed people who took their blood out to make us independent. One is never too old or never too young to celebrate the peace and independence that we all share as citizens of India. Republic day brings the feeling of patriotism, the spiritual feeling of transparent colours that reflects our Indian Flag, the feeling of melodious awestruck that we all share with the National Anthem.

Every year republic day is celebrated with the sense of proudness and this year too we are welcoming the President of United Arab, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to honour him and his country to be the aspect of fraternity and secularism that we share worldwide with the optical approach in our constitution.We respect countries like France, USA, UA ,etc in such a manner that we borrowed some of their words to be placed in our constitution. There are certain facts about Republic Day that is very important for each of us to know:

# On our First Republic Day, we got our first President Dr Rajendra Prasad.

# The manuscripts of the Indian constitution were signed by 308 members of Indian assembly on January 24th, 1950.

#The world famous parade on January 26th was first held at Rajpath in 1955.

#Our national language, Hindi, was declared as the national language on January 26th, 1965.

#Despite India got independence in 1947, the first republic day was celebrated three years later, i.e. on January 26th, 1950.

The celebrations are just expressions of what we feel inside.Republic Day holds a special meaning to Indians. For many, it’s the day their country became a sovereign nation. For some, it means being glued in front of the TV and watching the parade in action on Doordarshan. Then there are those, who look at it as just another holiday to sleep in till late and cure that hangover, but the actual meaning of celebrating the nation’s independence is what schools/colleges teach us. For me, Republic day and Independence day takes me to the age of my school assembly where we all used to participate in different activities and organise a functioning post to republic day and dedicate our love to our nation. I am sure, it must have happened to you as well, going into parades, marching for the flag, shouting vande matram, singing those awful patriotic songs, dancing on regional songs, participating in fancy dress competitions and most importantly eating those desi sweets like Laddu and Jalebis. Share your experiences in the comments below and tell us how do you feel now.   Children show enthusiasm for all those activities so where is the flavour of patriotism has gone now? We must not really forget the fights that our real heroes fought for to save our Nation if we cannot go and fight on the border we can at least recall the phase and pray for the armed forces struggling out there.

Presently the world’s largest democracy with the longest written constitution, India, has been a free and independent nation only since 1947. These are 8 greatest freedom fighters of all time to whom we owe this independent nation we are currently living in.

1) Sarojini Naidu

The first woman to be elected as the governor of an Indian state and the Indian National Congress. 

2) Dr B.R. Ambedkar

Well, the man who formulated our constitution and fought against the caste system.

3) Mangal Pandey

A great sepoy who fought British.

4) Bahadur Shah Zafar

The last Mughal Emperor of India Bahadur Shah Zafar was a great freedom fighter largely involved in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

 5) Rani Lakshmi Bai

The Indian struggle for freedom wasn’t just a man’s affair but thousands of women too fought with the bravery to bring back this nation’s pride and Rani Lakshmi Bai’s name shines in the list. “Khoob ladi mardani who to Jhansi wali Rani thi.

6) Chandra Shekhar Azad

When it comes to remembering the powerful souls who gave away their life to see India getting independence Chandra Shekhar Azad is a sure name.

7) Mahatma Gandhi

Father of Nation, He gave up everything to make India free.

8)  Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh is rightly considered to be the most influential revolutionary during the Independence movement for India. When we think of all the martyrs who gave away their life for the pride and honour of their motherland, we often remember “Shaheed” Bhagat Singh very often.

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