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Republic Day of India and The Chief Guest | Republic@72

 

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" WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN The DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens

  JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

  LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

  EQUALITY of status and of opportunity, and to promote among them all,

  FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

 IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this 26th day of November 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION ”

 

Almost every one of us must have read the above text of the Preamble to the official document of the Republic Of India, The Constitution Of India, the world’s longest constitution; in our school textbooks. Many of us must be able to recall it exactly word by word. We know that India was a British colony and after a long and hard-fought battle to gain independence by our national heroes, we gained independence on Aug 15,1947.

But the hard-fought battle was clearly for something very dear and important for every Indian: the complete self-rule (referred by Gandhi Ji as - "पूर्ण स्वराज"). The Constitution Of India has a rich history of the struggle for freedom and the process of its creation was itself a hectic one, but our constitution-makers who worked tirelessly day and night to draft the Constitution which would guide the vision for our India, which will be governed by the set of rules acceptable to everyone and accommodating to everyone's need and everyone's belief.



WHY IS IT CALLED REPUBLIC DAY?

 The constitution assembly passed the constitution for our India on November 26, 1949 and was enacted on January 26,1950. 26 January was chosen as the date for Republic day because it was on this day in 1929 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

By the end of December, the preparation for the celebration begins. The Republic Day Celebrations are held in the national capital, New Delhi, at the Rajpath before the President Of India. On this day, ceremonial parades take place at the Rajpath. The list of invitees is finalised by the Ministry Of Defence (MoD), GoI.

On the eve of the parade day, an Award Distribution ceremony is held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the President Of India distributes Padma Awards to the civilians of India every year. Three (3) days after the republic day i.e. on January, 29 a special ceremony called The Beating Retreat is held at Rashtrapati Bhavan denoting the end of Republic Day festivities. This event is performed by bands of three wings of our armed forces: The Indian Air Force, The Indian Army, The Indian Navy.

THE CELEBRATION AND PROCEDURE OF CHOOSING THE CHIEF GUEST

For the Republic Day parade, a normal precedent is to invite the head of a foreign state to join the festivities; thus, helping in making friendly bonds and relations between the two nation-states more strong.

There are no specific set of rules concerning who should be invited as the chief guest for the event. It rests solely on the Central Government’s decision. The Chief Guest to the event usually belongs to the country of interest to the government with which the government wishes to increase strategic and friendly ties.

Many chief guests have come and graced the pride and modesty of this holy celebration of the world’s largest democracy over the years. In 2015, then the US President Barack Obama was one of the most talked-about chief guests. This year, UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was invited as the Chief Guest for this year’s Republic Days' festivities. However due to a sudden increase in the caseload in the UK due to a new strain of Covid-19 virus led to the UK government’s sudden decision to impose lockdown in the UK, thus leading to the last moment cancellation of his visit.

 "Due to the global COVID19 situation, it has been decided that this year there will not be any foreign head of state or government as the chief guest for our Republic Day event," MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava was quoted as saying at the weekly briefing. So there will be no chief guest for this years’ Republic Day festivities, which will be the first in 55 years.

CONCLUSION

Keeping in view the current global situation it is clear that there will be no chief guest for the Republic Day parade this year. However, celebrations will be held with the same zeal and enthusiasm with the necessary Covid protocols in place. All necessary arrangements have been made for the rehearsal and parade days. The world has suffered quite much from the Covid-19 pandemic but as it is rightly said that "when there's a will there's a way". 

The good news of different vaccination drives’ being held throughout the world is coming. In our country, starting from January, 16; vaccination drive has also started beginning with our Frontline Warriors. We hope that everyone will follow guidelines to remain free from diseases, maintain health at their best and celebrate this Republic Day with love and zeal for our motherland.

 

HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY!

Thank You !!

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