Monday, January 26, 2009

Republic Day 2009!!!

Rich Land of Culture
Unity in Diversity

Mighty Armed Forces
Trusts Peace

India enters it's 60th Republic Day today.

THE REPUBLIC Day of India is to mark the adoption of the Constitution of India and the transition of India from a British Dominion to a republic on January 26, 1950. Although India obtained its independence on August 15, 1947, the Constitution came into effect only on January 26, 1950 and this is celebrated as the Republic Day.

To mark this occasion, a grand parade is held in New Delhi. The parade begins from Raisina Hill, the Presidential palace and proceeds along Rajpath past the India Gate and finally to the historic Red Fort where the Indian tricolour is hoisted. The martyrs are remembered by the laying of wreaths at the memorial Amar Jawan Jyoti. On this day, India hosts another head of state as the chief guest and for 2009; the honour will be bestowed upon Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhastan.

India utilises this glorious occasion to showcase her armed forces and the armory she has at her disposal to thwart evil designs of invaders. From the battle tanks to the anti aircraft guns and the fighter planes, every branch of defence exhibits its prowess. There are colorful march-past of different regiments of the army, navy and air force apart from the NCC cadets and paramilitary forces. Tableaus of the states are the attraction, for which people brave the chilly conditions to be present at the venue and enjoy the atmosphere. And the icing on the cake is the dances performed by school children – the amount of dedication and practice and hard work that goes into the final presentation leaves one wonderstruck. Then there is the flower show of the Delhi Municipal Corporation – the horticulture department works overtime to create an offering that can only be visualised in dreams.

Frnz.. I would like you all to convey your hearty wishes to INDIA.