NewDelhi, January 26: Indian republic turns 68 tomorrow while the nation will turn 70 this year on 15 August.
It took almost two and a half year to celebrate the republic of India. On 26 January 1950, India’s Constitution came into force. The constitution was adopted on 26 November 1949 by the Indian Constituent Assembly.
First Republic Day was celebrated at Irwin Amphitheatre (now Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium) in Delhi. The Republic day celebration was heralded by the first President Rajendra Prasad, by a salute of 21 guns and the unfurling of the Indian National Flag.
Let’s have a glimpse of that magical moment of history when the proud nation of India celebrated its first Republic. Here are some rare and iconic pictures from 26 January 1950:
- Dr Rajendra Prasad salutes the cavalry that would escort him to Irwin Amphitheatre
2. Indonesian President as the first chief guest at the Republic Day parade
3. Military contingents marching at Irwin Amphitheatre in the background of Purana Qila
4. Dr Rajendra Prasad on his way back to Rashtrapati Bhavan after the parade.
5. It was the historical moment of Indian history at that time our first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad arrived in his horse-drawn cart. Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru Signed the Constitution of India.
6. Army jeep and battle tanks arrived during Republic Day Parade.
GOLDEN WORDS FROM HISTORY
“We have inherited no old enmities. Our republic enters the world stage, therefore, free from pride and prejudice, humbly believing and striving that in international as well as internal affairs our statesmen may be guided by the teachings of the Father of our Nation — tolerance, understanding non-violence and resistance to aggression.”
– Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India
(extract from the President’s speech on January 26, 1950)