6 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Republic Day
Over the years, and very unfortunately so, 26th January has been reduced to the status of yet another holiday for us. We peruse the calendar in the hope that it falls on a weekday, because it means one more day off from work. Perhaps we cannot blame ourselves for this entirely, because there is so much about the Republic Day of India that we are unaware of.
Incidentally, 60% of recruiters agree that general knowledge about the history of our country is a key factor in helping them select the right candidate.
One among the three national holidays, here are some interesting facts that make the Republic Day of India as important as it is:
1. Did you know that our Constitution did not come into effect in 1947?
It is on 26th January 1950 that our Constitution came into effect for the first time, establishing India as a republic country.
2. Did you know that the Constitution of India is the longest written one?
Written by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, it took nearly three years for the draft of the Constitution to be completed.
3. Did you know that there are no printed copies of our Constitution?
The Constitution was originally handwritten in both English and Hindi. Till date, our Constitution has never been printed. It is only calligraphed.
4. Did you know that our national anthem was originally a Bengali song?
Jana Gana Mana, written by Rabindranath Tagore originally in Bengali, was translated and officially adopted as the national anthem in 1950.
5. Did you know why the Republic Day of India is celebrated on 26th January?
The date 26th January was chosen to mark the anniversary of Purna Swaraj (1930)—the declaration to attain complete independence and of self-rule. Until 1947, 26th January was celebrated as ‘silent’ Independence Day.
6. Did you know from where the concept of a Five Year Plan in our Constitution has been borrowed?
Contrary to popular belief, the concept of a Five Year Plan in the Indian Constitution has been borrowed from the Constitution of erstwhile USSR (and not the UK).
This Republic Day, let’s begin to read the story behind 26th January, one of the most important dates in the history of our country.
If you know of other such trivia about our Republic Day, do make sure to share them with us in the comments below.
Happy Republic Day!
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