MEP party workers and officials hope you are having good days. Today is the 26th of January when we celebrate Republic day in the whole country.
The 26th of January every year is celebrated as the Republic Day to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution which came into effect on this day in the year 1950. January 26 marks the 73rd Republic Day of India. It was on this day that the erstwhile British colony adopted its own constitution prepared by the members of the Constituent Assembly. January 26, 1950 marked the establishment of India’s Constitution as it emerged from a brutal colonial past. However, it was on November 26, 1949 that the Indian constitution was first adopted. November 26 is celebrated as Constitution Day. I wish you all a Happy Republic day.
MEP January 26 was decided to be the Republic Day of India since it was the day that the Indian National Congress (INC) proclaimed the Declaration of Indian Independence in 1930. The date was chosen since the Congress’ Poorna Swaraj resolution was declared on this day. The resolution also marked the beginning of a large-scale nationwide political movement against colonial rule. In Indian political history, three dates hold special significance- 15th August, 1947 the day on which India won Independence; 26th November, 1949 as the day on which the Constitution of India was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly and 26th January, 1950 the day on which the Constitution came into force. The 73rd Republic Day should be taken as a moment not just to reflect on the greatness of the moment. A former colony took its destiny in its own hands, declared itself to be a Republic but also to reflect on all that needs to be done to ensure Purna Swaraj to all the citizens. Through the progressive realisation of all the guarantees of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity provided under the Constitution.
MEP Remember the days of school when we referred to the Preamble on our book inside covers? The text which begins with “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA”, takes to conclude in highlight, “IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.” This indicates that we adopted the constitution, the law book of India, only on 26 November 1949. However, January 26th is significant for the country’s political history as it marks the day when the constitution was officially adopted in 1950. It replaced the then prevailing Government of India Act (1935) and set the nation to be called a newly formed republic. Since then, India has celebrated its Republic Day on 26 January. Generally, the festive mood charges up and arrangements begin from the 24th of the month. Taking note, this year the celebrations begin a day in advance with ‘Parakram Diwas’, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Does just celebrating this day on a grand scale mark the end of the day? Let’s recharge that patriotic feeling of safeguarding our country’s interests on this day – be it economic, social, cultural or environmental for a nation equipped with health, success and happiness.
India is shackled in the growing menace of air pollution to the extent that it dulls the true spirit of independence. So what better day than the Republic Day to begin initiatives and implement the drive towards a “Clean Air” environment. This becomes an individual responsibility rather than resting only on the government’s shoulders. Our present is marred with air pollution that affects us our children and our elders with breathing issues. So then what would the future be like? It sends a shiver down your spine at the very thought of it. So lets shrug that shiver away and get to work. Republic Day fills each and every one of us with strong emotions. It brings to mind powerful images of India’s military, parading to the world its full might and grandeur. It makes us salute once again the selfless patriotism of our women and men in uniform. It inspires us with the moving accounts of the bravery and gallantry award winners.
We pay our tributes to the venerable Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, whose anchoring role can never be forgotten.
Today is also a day to look back and cherish our glorious past! Remember the sacrifices of the great women and men of the freedom struggle. Remember the members of the Constituent Assembly, who gave us in our Constitution a rooting force we can be very proud of. Today we renew our faith and commitment in this sacred text that has made India what it is. We pay our tributes to the venerable Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, whose anchoring role can never be forgotten. Importantly, today is also a day for introspection. What does the Republic of India stand for? What does it mean to us? What direction has it been headed in over the last seven decades? And what does it need to do in the coming years. MEP
MEP A Very Happy 73rd Republic Day to all fellow Citizens.