India celebrates three national holidays each year: Republic Day on January 26, Independence Day on August 15, and Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. On Wednesday, the country will commemorate its 73rd Republic Day with a few modifications regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why do we celebrate Republic Day on January 26?
India’s laws were still based on the colonial Government of India Act 1935 when it gained independence on August 15, 1947.
On August 19, 1947, a motion was introduced calling for the formation of a Drafting Committee to develop a constitution. Dr. BR Ambedkar was chosen to serve as the organization’s chairman.
On January 26, 1950, India’s Constitution replaced the Government of India Act (1935). On January 26, India became a republic by adopting its own Constitution. Dr. Rajendra Prasad began his first tenure as President of India on that day, and the Constituent Assembly became the Parliament of India under the new Constitution’s transitional provisions.
The Indian National Congress (INC) declared “Purna Swaraj,” or complete self-government, on January 26, 1930, long before India gained independence from British sovereignty on August 15, 1947.
India was still governed under the Government of India Act 1935 when it became independent on August 15, 1947. Only after the passage of the Constitution on January 26, 1950, it become a republic and fully self-governing.
In Kashmir, full dress rehearsals are being held
On the eve of the 73rd Republic Day, a full dress rehearsal was held in all of Kashmir’s districts on Monday, giving a preview of the spectacular extravaganza that would take place on Wednesday.
The practice is a warm-up for the Republic Day parade, which will take place on January 26.
The complete dress rehearsal took place in Srinagar at S.K Stadium Sonwar, when Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, hoisted the tricolor over the mast and saluted at the March–past.
Various security agencies, including the J&K Police, J&K Armed Police, Indian Reserve Police, Central Reserve Police Force, SSB, Home Guards, Fire & Emergency, and NCC, marched in the parade.
Later, Div Com was treated to various cultural performances by different groups and troupes, including folk dance, baand-e-paether, and dance based on patriotic songs. Senior authorities from the civil administration and the police department were among those who attended the full dress rehearsal.