With the spirit of patriotism in the air, it is hard not to feel nostalgic about the origins of our country, especially with our 69th Republic day right around the corner. We all know that 26th January was the day when the constitution came in being, but this day has a lot more to it than just that. Here are some interesting facts that you should know about:
1. Beautiful and Handwritten
Did you know that the Indian constitution is handwritten in calligraphy? It is not printed, as we would have thought. There are two original copies of the same, one in English and one in Hindi and they are preserved in the Parliament of India.
2. A Chosen Day
It is not a mere coincidence that 26th January happens to fall on the anniversary of the Purna Swaraj Day – this date was chosen for precisely this very reason as it is the day that India decided to fight for complete independence, in 1930.
3. Longest Constitution
And the best too! The Indian Constitution is regarded as the longest in the world with 448 articles. Countries like Singapore have adopted the Indian Constitution, because it is so comprehensive.
4. A Titanic Task
It took Dr. B.R Ambedkar almost 2 years and 11 months to draft the Indian Constitution, taking the best out of other constitutions, like liberty, equality and fraternity from the French and the Five Year Plans from the Russians.
5. A Three Day Celebration
The Republic Day celebrations last for three whole days. Several bravery awards are given, like the Veer Chakra, Param Veer Chakra, Kirti Chakra and the Ashoka Chakra are awarded by the President of India. The celebrations end of 29 th of January, with the Beating Retreat Ceremony.
It is a day to rejoice and be proud of being an Indian. Jai Hind!