26 JANUARY REPUBLIC DAY
On India’s 74th Republic Day, it is time to look back at the events that surrounded this momentous day on 26th January 1950. Though India became a free nation on 15th August 1947, it declared itself a Sovereign, Democratic, Republic with the adoption of the Constitution that came into effect on 26th January 1950. The task of writing the Indian Constitution was entrusted to a team headed by Dr B R Ambedkar. Interestingly, there are two handwritten copies of the Indian Constitution, which is said to be the longest in the world. Ever since 1950, all across the country, Republic Day is celebrated with flag hoisting, march pasts, parades, tableaux, etc., that showcase India’s military prowess and the country’s rich cultural heritage. Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi culminate with the Beating Retreat Ceremony on 29th January.
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