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India is celebrating its 65th Republic Day today. The day will be marked by a colourful parade that will start at the Rajpath and culminate at the Red Fort, showcasing India’s cultural diversity and military might.
India became a Republic when the Constitution of the Country came in to force on 26 Jan 1950, thereby defining it as a Sovereign Socialist Democratic Republic with a Parliamentary form of Government, thought the Preamble.
Henceforth, 26th January has been recognized and celebrated as India’s Republic Day with great ardor, and is decreed a national holiday.
The President, Pranab Mukherjee, addressed the Nation on the eve of the 65th Republic Day. He said that the Republic Day commands the respect of every Indian. On this day, sixty four years ago, in a remarkable display of idealism and courage, we the people of India gave to ourselves a sovereign democratic republic to secure all its citizens justice, liberty and equality. We undertook to promote among all citizens fraternity, the dignity of the individual and the unity of the nation. These ideals became the lodestar of the modern Indian State.
The President said that Democracy became our most precious guide towards peace and regeneration from the swamp of poverty created by centuries of colonial rule. From within the spacious provisions of our Constitution, India has grown into a beautiful, vibrant, and sometimes noisy democracy.
For us, the democracy is not a gift, but the fundamental right of every citizen; for those in power democracy is a sacred trust. Those who violate this trust commit sacrilege against the nation.