Facts Every Indian Must Know About First Ever Republic Day Celebrated in 1950

26th January, 1950, the day India was declared as a Sovereign Democratic Republic bringing into effect our present constitution.  And for the past 67 years, India has been celebrating Republic Day on the very same day. While we all love the colourful jhankis , the parade and the celebration, we don’t know much about how India celebrated its first ever republic day. Here are few facts every Indian must know about first ever republic day:It was the day, India got its first president Dr Rajendra Prasad

1) It was the day, India got its first president Dr Rajendra Prasad

Dr Rajendra Prasad sworn in as president in a ceremony held in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 26th January 1950

2) No bullet proof car! Our first president was escorted on an open baggi

With just ADCs by his side

3) Some parts of India also conducted Anti-Republic Day demonstration

Mainly in Kolkata! The Nizam of Hyderabad was also attacked in protest

4) First Indonesian President was first chief guest to witness the Republic Day in India

5) The national emblem was placed for the first time in the Durbar Hall on this day

And a history was born!

6) Not Rajpath but Irwin Amphitheatre was the celebration ground for 1st Republic Day

It was attended by a massive crowd of 15,000

7) There was no Jhakiyan, just a show put by armed forces

8)2 days of national holiday was announced on the occasion of first Republic Day

Lucky people!

I feel that the constitution is workable, it is flexible and it is strong enough to hold the country together both in peacetime and in wartime. Indeed, if I may say so, if things go wrong under the new Constitution, the reason will not be that we had a bad Constitution. What we will have to say is that Man was vile.” – B. R. Ambedkar

 

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Arayan Kummar Sharma

Arayan Kummar Sharma is Cofounder of AHA Taxis and CMO.

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