We would like to wish all our readers, guests past and present, a very happy Republic Day. And we hope the marching bands and all the pageantry which India does so well were thoroughly enjoyable.
Republic Day is a celebration of the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950. You will know a little of the history. India achieved independence from the British Raj in August 1947 following a movement led by Gandhi and noted for predominantly non-violent resistance. Adopting the Constitution completed the country’s shift to a democratic government system.
Although India’s other great holiday, Independence Day, celebrates freedom from British Rule, the Republic Day celebrates the coming into force of its constitution. Reading about the time factor in getting it ready has very familiar overtones that reflect Indian bureaucracy even today! Yes, the wheels grind slowly. The first draft was submitted to the Assembly in November 1947. But it took them 166 days, over two years, 11 months and 18 days to get agreement.
Sometimes you get the feeling that some things never change!
Three cheers for our beloved India.