Saturday, January 26, 2008
26th January 1950 is one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. In this day India became a totally republican unit. The country finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the numerous freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of their country. So, the 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India, ever since.
Today, the Republic Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over the country and especially in the capital, New Delhi where the celebrations start with the Presidential to the nation. The beginning of the occasion is always a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defense of sovereignty of their country. Then, the President comes forward to award the medals of bravery to the people from the armed forces for their exceptional courage in the field and also the civilians, who have distinguished themselves by their different acts of valour in different situations.
I have been out of India since few years and haven't really bothering about this day so much till recent times. Last year due to initiation from one of my good friend, Yogendra led us group of friends go for the 15th august function & it made me think about the times I had attended these functions back in India. Coming out of the country & understanding the meaning of these days & functions has truly dawned on me. I have seen the importance of independence day in Singapore & malaysia & really appreciate the efforts taken by the government in these countries, to keep people aware of the importance of these days & what are the new things need to be done to keep the country independent & growing.
I think although these days are celebrated as the remembrance of the times when the independence was achieved or countries became republics but it is also the time to look back and think on what mistakes have happened in the past and what needs to be done to avoid these mistakes and improve things in the governance of the country & people as a whole & take the economy forward in the competitive market. Coming back to what does happen back in India during these times ......
To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, from the Rajghat, along the Vijaypath. The different regiments of the army, the Navy and the Air force march past in all their finery and official decorations even the horses of the cavalry are attractively caparisoned to suit the occasion. The crème of N.C.C cadets, selected from all over the country consider it an honour to participate in this event, as do the school children from various schools in the capital. They spend many days preparing for the event and no expense is spared to see that every detail is taken care of, from their practice for the drills, the essential props and their uniforms.
The parade is followed by a pageant of spectacular displays from the different states of the country. These moving exhibits depict scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display. Each display brings out the diversity and richness of the culture of India and the whole show lends a festive air to the occasion. The parade and the ensuing pageantry is telecast by the National Television and is watched by millions of viewers in every corner of the country.
The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings the whole country together even in her essential diversity. Every part of the country is represented in occasion, which makes the Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India.
This time I as part of my company got an invitation for the reception at Indian High commissioner's residence for Republic day celebration a few days back. It was pretty formal event, with mostly director, CEO, CXO level coming for this function from India companies & some special guests. It was a good networking event & the food was fantabulous, which I could not really enjoy since there was always someone there to talk to and it was difficult to do two things at a time. Anyway, it was a good experience..
Happy Republic Day!!!