VenKIT Walker, the latest contributor to TCP, sent in a comic specifically for this day. It’s called “On The Sands Of Time” – an Indrajal Comic that briefly covers the sacrifices of freedom fighters like Vasudev Balwant Phadke, Khudiram Bose, Prafullakumar Chaki, The Chaphekar Brothers, Veer Savarkar, Madanlal Dhingra and Anantrao Kanhere.
About the Republic Day:
On January 26, 1950, we adopted the Constitution as framed by the Constituent Assembly of India. The draft constitution was published in February 1948 and was discussed by the Constituent Assembly, clause by clause, over the next 19 months. On November 26, 1949, the constitution was declared as passed with provisions of citizenship, elections, provisional Parliament, temporary and transitional provisions coming into immediate effect and the rest of the Constitution came into force on January 26, 1950. (Source: www.iloveindia.com)
The preamble states:
WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:
Justice, social, economic and political;
Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
Equality of status and of opportunity;
and to promote among them all
Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
In our Constituent Assembly this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY
ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION
It’s not perfect, and over the years it has been abused by those in power and those who want power. Never as much as in the last few years. But we will tackle these issues as time goes by.
Have a great day.