Republic Day in the Air

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 Finnair organized the flash mob to mark India’s 63rd Republic Day – a national celebration that honors when India became an independent Republic on Jan. 26, 1950.

Republic Day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India. It’s one of India’s three national holidays, the other two being Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti.

India obtained its independence on 15 August 1947 but it did not yet have a permanent constitution; instead its laws were based on the modified colonial Government of India Act 1935. On 28 August 1947, the Drafting Committee was appointed to draft a permanent constitution, with Dr B R Ambedkar as chairman.  After many deliberations and some modifications, the 308 members of the Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the document (one each in Hindi and English) on 24 January 1950. Two days later, it came into effect throughout the whole nation.

While India’s Independence Day celebrates its freedom from British Rule, the Republic Day celebrates coming into force of its constitution.

26 January was chosen as the Republic day because it was on this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

Ritu Marwah has pursued theater, writing, marketing, startup management, raising children, coaching debate and hiking. Ritu has a master’s degree in business and worked in London for the Tata group for ten years. Ritu is social media editor at India Currents.

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