Republic Day Facts That Make Us What We Are Today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd after attending the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore (PTI1_26_2017_000006A)

गर फिरदौस बर रुए ज़मीं अस्त…
हमी अस्तो, हमी अस्तो, हमी अस्त…!!!

November 26, 1949, was the auspicious day when the Indian Constituent Assembly gave a grant to the Constitution of India, which came into effect on January 26, 1950, Thus we celebrated the country’s first Republic Day.

Below we have interesting worth remembering facts about the country, Jan Gan Man and very special January 26th which gives us the freedom to be what we are today.


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  •  India became a Republic nation at 10:18 a.m. on January 26 in the year 1950.

  • After six minutes of it later, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as President of India at the Durbar Hall in President House.

  • Satyamev Jayate is taken from the Mundaka Upanishad, Atharvaveda. It was first translated into the Hindi language by Muslim Abid Ali in the year 1911.

  • The Constitution was never typed or printed but rather handwritten and calligraphed both in English and Hindi languages.


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  •  The members signed the handwritten document on January 24, 1950.
  • The original copies are safe in the Parliament’s library in helium-filled cases.
  • The President of India addresses the whole nation on the eve of every Republic Day which is January 25.
  • President Sukarno of Indonesia was the first chief guest at the first Republic Day celebrations held on January 26, 1950.
  • Jana Gana Mana was first written in Bengali language by the Rabindranath Tagore.
  • Jana Gana Mana was first translated into the Hindi language by the Abid Ali in 1911 which was later officially adopted as National Anthem of India in 1950 on January 24. 


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  • It takes 52 seconds to sing or play National Anthem of India.  
  • The National Anthem of India was sung very first time in the meeting of Indian National Congress, Calcutta on December 27, 1911.
  • A 21 gun salute is given on every Republic Day when the President of India unfurls the national flag.

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