What republic day means to most of us is a holiday and a break from our usual working routine. Incidentally this time it was Monday, so it meant 3 days of consecutive holidays. Now who will not love that? Most of my friends are back home to cash in on the occurrence.
Have you ever wondered why 26th January was decided to be the day the Indian Constitution would come into force. Was it that just that in the nick of time on 26th January the formalities were completed for the Constitution implementation? Here is the reason why.
Although India gained independence from the British rule on 15th August 1947 - an occasion marked with the Independence Day celebrations every year the establishment of the Republic actually has its roots in the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of 31st December 1929 -1st January 1930 when the Tri-Color Flag was unfurled by the nationalists and a pledge taken that every year on 26th January, the 'Independence Day' would be celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the establishment of a Sovereign Democratic Republic of India. Thus by the time independence was achieved this day had already assumed a lot of importance and so the fathers of our Constitution decided to declare it as coming in force on this day.
I was having my usual snacks in the evening when a group my friends offered to go to CP (Connaught Place). Being quite bored out of the usual routine I readily agreed.
On the way we were passing Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the Indian President), and by God it was beautifully decorated. We were simply awestruck by its beauty. The glitter of the lights was making it like a newlywed bride. We decided to break our journey there and spend some time. We enjoyed every moment of it and it was an awesome feeling to see it so closely. Sure we were not allowed inside but the outside was no less attracting. Now I am planning to pay a visit to the Moughal gardens in Rashtrapati Bhavan which are opened for a month during the spring. Let’s see if time permits.