We, the people of India – sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic, republic

INDIA, a country, internally supreme and externally independent. Internally Supreme because we are governed by the World’s longest Constitution and externally independent because we are no more under control of any foreign command. Indian Constitution is the supreme law of India. All the fundamentals of India are based on the Constitution. Constitution of India was enacted on 26 January 1950 and India stepped its foot forward to become a Republic Country. Republic day honours the enactment of Supreme Constitution since then.

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India is celebrating its 69th Republic Day on 26th January 2018. There are many things special about this Republic Day. We have searched and enlisted them here for you.

  • India flaunted its excellence of the military, navy, air force and its Cultural diversity on 69th Republic Day today; Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN as guests of honour at the Republic Day Parade being held at Rajpath. President Ram Nath Kovind took his first salute from the Indian Armed Forces as he presides the Republic Day parade. This is the first time when 10 guests of honour are collectively invited to a National event.
  • Maharashtra Ex-Servicemen Corporation Limited (MESCO) is offering a special tour opportunity to experience the Republic Day Parade and Beating Retreat ceremony accompanied by ex-servicemen of the defence forces. A brief visit to other Delhi’s top places is also included in the tour. The revenue generated from the tour is planned to be used for looking after the welfare of ex-servicemen, war widows, physically disabled soldiers and their dependents.
  • Another interesting addition to this celebration was breathtaking stunts by 113 women personnel of Border Security Force (BSF), who roared across the Rajpath performing breathtaking stunts on 26 Royal Enfield 350cc Bullets. The women squad has been named Seema Bhavani or “the border braves”. The women contingent performed 16 types of stunts, including “Pyramid”, “Fish Riding”, “Shaktiman”, “Bull Fighting” and “Seema Prahari”.
  • Google Doodle is celebrating the 69th Republic Day of India. Google has dedicated a doodle to embrace the Indians.
  • A scintillating flypast and air display by various aircraft was the hallmark of the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath. The flypast included five Mi-17 V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force to commemorate the summit meeting of India. The leading helicopter carried the Indian National flag, followed by the ASEAN flag and the remaining three helicopters carried the flags of Army, Navy and Air Force. HAL RUDRA or ALH WSI, which is an armed version of HAL DHRUV make its debut in the Republic Day Parade and the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) ‘Netra’  developed by DRDO flown over the Rajpath. The flypast witnessed 21 fighters, 12 helicopters, and five transporters.
  • The parade consists of the participation of over 770 students performing kathak and folk dances of Thailand, Malaysia, and other countries. While 150 students performed the traditional attire of the 10 ASEAN countries for the first time.
  • As part of the Republic Day celebrations, the Indian Government has started a new initiative of organizing ‘Bharat Parva’ at the Red Fort in Delhi every year from now onwards. The Bharat Parva will start today on 26 January to 31 January 2018. The aim of the event is to “generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public.” The event is open to public and entry is free.

Apart from these, there are reports that the Border Security Force (BSF) has refused to exchange sweets and greetings with the Pakistan Rangers, on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day. Border guards of both countries follow an age-old tradition of exchanging sweets for the past several years on major religious festivals, like Eid and Dipawali, and also during Independence Days of both countries and India’s Republic Day.

Kundan Srivastava

Human Rights activist, Author, Columnist, Founder-CEO 'www.thevoiceraiser.com' (“India’s leading platform to raise a voice for people to fight against injustice & victimization”).

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