26th January 1950 is one of the most important days in Indian history. The country finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the numerous freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of their country. So, the 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India, ever since. The independent republic of India was officially born on 26 January, 1950; after nearly 100 years of British rule. A public holiday was declared throughout the country, and millions of people were celebrating with processions and ceremonies to hoist the new flag of India for the first time. India started running her own affairs since the actual transfer of power from British to Indian hands on 15 August 1947. But on January 26, 1950 ceremonies marked the cutting of her last ties to Britain. India’s first president was sworn in, replacing the King as the country’s head of state, and the new constitution ratified. On January 26, 1950 in the capital, Delhi, the day began with the 34th and last Governor-General of India, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, reading out a proclamation announcing the birth of the Republic of India. The 1st President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, then took the oath of office. Dr Prasad was a key campaigner in the nationalist movement of Mahatma Gandhi, along with India’s interim Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The president then addressed the crowd first in Hindi, and then in English. He said, “Today, for the first time in our long and chequered history, we find the whole of this vast land… brought together under the jurisdiction of one constitution and one union which takes over responsibility for the welfare of more than 320 million men and women who inhabit it.” And hence, 26th January 1950 becomes one of the most important days in Indian history – day when the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign country ! Bathed in the spirit of patriotism, Navi Mumbai celebrated the Republic Day in full throttle. The celebrations began with unfurling the flag followed by March Past at the Navi Mumbai Sports Association. Vinay Kore – State Minister for Horticulture and Non-Conventional Energy hoisted the flag in the presence of Konkan Divisional Commissioner Valsa Nayar Singh, Commissioner of Police Ramrao wagh, NMMC Commissioner Madhukar Koate, Mayor Manisha Bhoir and other senior government officials. Enthusiasm was the order of the day. Schools made the day more meaningful as events marked what governs the constitution – commitment to peace and progress. At DAV Public School, New Panvel Regional Director Dr. K B Kushal hoisted the flag in the presence of the Principal of the School Dr. Prakash Joshi. At DAV Public School, Kharghar – Principal Seema Maindiratta hoisted the flag. Prominent city developer Nalin Shah hoisted the flag at Sanjeevni International School, Kharghar. The senior citizens too were equally enthusiastic. They hoisted the flag at Mini seashore, Vashi.
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