Republic Day: PM Wishes Nation On The Occasion

On this day in 1950, the Constitution of India came into force

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his greetings to the citizens of India as the country marked its 72nd Republic Day.

India is celebrating its 72nd Republic Day, the day its constitution came into force in 1950.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to honour India’s Constitution and note that the “Republic belongs to you”.

In a tweet both in English and Hindi, the Prime Minister said: “Wishing all the people of India a Happy Republic Day… Jai Hind.”

On this day in 1950, the Constitution of India came into force.

“Every citizen of India determines the fate of the country, whether it is a Satyagrahi farmer-laborer or small-medium businessman, a young woman seeking a job or a housewife troubled by inflation. The Republic belongs to you, the Republic belongs to you. Congratulations!” he wrote on the microblogging platform.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the National War Memorial near the India Gate later in the day, from where he will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath.

Thereafter, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the 90-minute-long Republic Day parade ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Parade at Rajpath in the national capital will begin at 9 am. President Ram Nath Kovind will unfurl the national flag at Red Fort.

A total of 32 tableaux — 17 of various states and UTs, nine of ministries and six from the defence arm — will be seen going down Rajpath this year. Among these, the tableaux of Ladakh –– the Union Territory that was created in 2019 after bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir –– will be included for the first time.

With Covid-19 protocols in place and the protesting farmers’ tractor march scheduled today after the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi will certainly present a different look.

Moreover, for the first time in 55 years, there will also be no chief guest at this year’s parade.

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