I am Proud to be an Indian, are you?

Wishing you a Very Happy Republic Day! 

Patriotism means different things to different people. Here’s a list I made of what people associate with patriotism:

1.              Never talking ill of the country. Always praising it.

2.     Joining politics, the government services or some such thing. Getting into some direct work involved in improving the State of one’s country, like social work.

3.          Having a proper knowledge about our country’s history, it’s milestones and the significance of important days.

4.       A strong civic sense as a citizen and this includes observing one’s duties like not littering, participating in community drives and awareness programmes and voting.

5.        A refusal to give or take bribes, paying one’s taxes, doing an honest job.

6.         Love for one’s fellow countrymen, regardless of their creed or caste.

7.     Feeling a pride in one’s country’s culture and achievements.

8.        Never leaving India to settle in a foreign country.

The Constitution of India came into force, and India declared itself as a "Republic" on January 26, 1950, a date thereafter celebrated annually as Republic Day (26 January) in India. The Constitution had been drafted by the Constituent Assembly which was set up when India gained its Independence from the British in 1947.

        This, in fact, was a deliberate act: the 26th of January was initially India's "Independence Day", one of Mahatma Gandhi's many symbolic acts during India's struggle for freedom against British colonial rule, and the adoption of the Constitution on this date was felt able to strengthen its initial meaning, one calling for Indians of all ages to declare their freedom from the British Raj. It is one of three national holidays in India, the other two being the Nation's Independence Day on August 15 (since 1947) and the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2. And so, after the disposal of the Empire of India, King George VI was the last and only "Emperor" of modern India.

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, Democratic and Republic 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. On this day - India finally enjoyed the freedom of spirit, rule of law and fundamental principle of governance. The patriotic fever of the Indian people on this day brings the whole country together even in her embedded diversity. Republic Day is a people’s day in a variety of ways: It’s when regional identity takes a backseat and what matters most is the universal appeal of unity and brotherhood projected by all Indians. The Indian constitution basically stands for the aspirations which ‘the common man of India’ cherishes. Republic Day is a day of the citizen of the country when he is entitled to be ‘all supreme’. Republic Day is celebrated most majestically in the Capital, New Delhi, where symbols of the great nation's military might and cultural wealth are displayed in what is the world's most impressive parade. All Government buildings are illuminated lending the city the atmosphere of a fairyland. This day is celebrated with much zeal and pride all across the nation.

To mark this occasion, a grand parade is held in New Delhi, the Capital of India, beginning from Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort in the old quarter of the city. Different infantry, cavalry and mechanized regiments of the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force march in formation, decked in all their finery and official decorations. The President of India, who is also the Commander in Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute. The Chief Guest of the parade is a Head of State of another nation. The parade also includes many traditional dance troupes, to symbolize the cultural heritage of India. It traditionally ends with a colorful fly-past by Air Force jets in a tiranga formation. Similar parades are held in the Capitals of all the States of India, where the Governors of the respective states take the salute on 26 January.

Jai Hind, Vande Mataram