Friday, January 29, 2010

Republic Day - Facts/Opinion

1. When...?
  • The Republic Day marks the day when the Constitution of India came into force. But    it was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949.

2. Then, why Jan 26...?
  •   January 26 was being chosen as the Republic Day to commemorate the ‘Purna Swaraj' (complete Independence) declaration taken on that date by the Indian National Congress  at Lahore in 1930.

3. Parade Route ...
  • One of the highlights of the Republic Day is the grand parade in New Delhi.  The traditional parade route is from Raisina Hill to the Red Fort along the Rajpath and past India Gate.

4. Memorial...
  • Prior to the parade, the Prime Minister lays a wreath at the memorial , ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti' below the India Gate, in sombre remembrance for all those soldiers who were martyred.

 5. Guns...
  •   When the President unfurls the National Flag, 21 guns boom out in salute.

 6. Salute...
  •  The gallantry award winners Victoria Cross, Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra lead the parade with the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces taking salute.

7. Children...
  •  One of the most cheered sections of the parade is when some chosen children astride elephants pass the dais. These children are National Bravery Award winners.

8. Conclusion...
  • An impressive fly-past by IAF aircraft concludes the parade in New Delhi on January 26.

9. 3 Days Festival...
  •  The Republic Day celebration is a three day extravaganza

10. PM Rally...
  •  On January 27, selected NCC cadets who display various breath-taking performances and drill hold the Prime Minister's rally

11. Last Day...
  • 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony at Vijay Chowk on January 29 that officially denotes the end of Republic Day festivities.

12. Hymn...
  •  ‘Abide With Me', the hymn, written by Henry Francis Lyte and said to be Mahatma Gandhi's favourite, played at the above ceremony.

13. The End
  • The Republic Day celebration come to a formal end on January 29 at 6 p.m., buglers sound the retreat, the National Flag is lowered and the National Anthem is sung.
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Anyway, I opine that....

The 60th anniversary of India becoming a republic has come and gone. Fireworks, salutes to the tiranga, distribution of awards, parades, display of our military might and what not. But the real issue amid the festivities seems to have been lost somewhere. We boast that we have been a democracy for six decades — and point out that the same is not true of our neighbours — but are we truly democratic? Have we lived up to the ideals cherished in the Constitution?
Our foreign policy changes according to the dictates of Washington; education has been commercialised; there is too much privatisation; there has been a decline in vital subsidies; we have blatantly failed to instil confidence among the minorities and are yet to fulfil the people’s regional aspirations. We can, at best, celebrate Republic Day as yet another festival.
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Democracy has helped only our politicians. Many of them got an opportunity to become billionaires after a decade or so in politics. Our criminal justice system is all but ineffective in curbing corruption, which starts with the ballot box and ends in Swiss banks.
Politicians have mastered the technique of purchasing the illiterate masses on the eve of elections and use state funds to market their party to the same masses by offering freebies. Those who can change the system refrain from voting due to frustration and, in some cases, fear. Our democracy is the best bet for Swiss banks.
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The annual Republic Day parade is an occasion to showcase the country’s achievements in the military, cultural and economic fields. But it is also true that enormous resources in terms of money and manpower are spent in organising the occasion. This is particularly true in the current security scenario when such functions have to be organised under the shadow of possible terrorist attacks. In view of this, we should seriously consider having such huge celebrations at intervals of three-four years.


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PS: I will add all the suggested additional facts , if any, from the readers. Thank You.

11 comments:

Nethra said...

Nice one. :)
By the way, what happened to your 55 fictions?

Lakshmi Rajan said...

In my opinion, the reasoning that we lag behind in many parameters in controlling corruption, providing education to all, health care for all should not be tied up to the celebration of Republic day.

Do we stop celebrating our festivals (religious or cultural) just because we failed to get promotion at work or got low grades in exams ? We do celebrate the festivals and if we learn from mistakes we try to correct our mistakes and try to achieve more in life. So it is with nation.

Our generations have not seen the independence struggle just heard and read about it. But Such national celebration should be designed in a way to instill the spirit of independence rather than just showcase our strengths.

BK Chowla, said...

You might like to read my post INDEPENDENCE-REPUBLIC .

Yemiledu said...

Hey Like the colors of your blog...blue & white...Pleasant!!
I really Like the new look :~)

I haven't yet read this post completely..so will come back again and read it :~)

geeta said...

I agree with you Mahesh..The pockets of the politicians are getting heavier day by day.
Sometimes it makes me ponder upon the definition of Democracy we studied during our school times.Looks like it has changed.Now it is --by the politicians ,for the politicians and of the politicians.
Please correct me if I am wrong...

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Nethra...

Thanks buddy....yeah....even am waiting for my 55iers.....will write dem soon.
:)

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Chowlaji...

I did read your post on R day...
the makky in ur comments section is me.

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Geeta...

I agree with you, absolutely, word by word.

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Lakshmi Rajan ...


1.Do we stop celebrating our festivals (religious or cultural) just because we failed to get promotion at work or got low grades in exams ?
--> My intention is to say that we do definitely dont celebrate if someone in our family is sick and needs urgent treatment. So, is in India. We have two indias, 1. Globalised Corporate India
2. The other India.


2. But Such national celebration should be designed in a way to instil the spirit of independence rather than just showcase our strengths.
--> I agree with you. This is want I am saying. We need inclusive celebrations, like inclusive development. My concern is about the way we celebrate these national festivals. We need retrospective celebrations.

Thanks :)

Mareedu said...
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Yemiledu said...

Hai Mahesh,

Thanks for thr facts...me being poor in GK no wonder din't knew many facts..

Celeberated for 3 days?? :~)