Ever Wondered Why Republic Day Is Celebrated On 26 January?

Why 26 Jan 1950 and not 26 Nov 1949?

Ever Wondered Why Republic Day Is Celebrated On 26 January?
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On 26 January 1950, the constitution of India was enforced, and India was declared a democratic republic country. But it is interesting that the constitution which was adopted on 26 November 1949 came into the act after two months. So what was the reason behind it?

It's Republic Day today, so let us find more about how and why 26 January was selected as the day when India was declared a Republic Country rather than just celebrating it as a national holiday.

Protests against Simon Commission

Protests against Simon Commission

As soon as the Simon Commission arrived in India, Mahatma Gandhi led the Mass Movement in which youths demanded complete Independence (Purna Swaraj). 

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It is interesting that some leaders wanted dominion independence
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It may surprise us that some of the leaders were ready to accept Dominion Status (Not Complete Independence) from British which resulted in internal conflicts.

Demand for independence

Demand for independence
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After lengthy discussions, the time came when everybody was ready for Purna Swaraj (Complete Independence). Leaders like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Jawaharlal Nehru were in favor for immediate and Complete Independence.

Hoisting of flag on banks of Ravi in Lahore (1930)

Hoisting of flag on banks of Ravi in Lahore (1930)
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On 31 December 1930, Nehru hoisted the Indian flag with Gandhi's charkha in the center, and every single person took the oath of independence. On 26 January 1930, Purna Swaraj was publically issued.

First Constituent Assembly (1946)

First Constituent Assembly (1946)
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On 15 August 1947, India became independent. The constituent assembly was formed in 1946, which included many visionaries like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Nehru, and Rajendra Prasad who drafted the Indian Constitution.

Constituent Assembly members signing the Constitution

Constituent Assembly members signing the Constitution
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The Indian Constitution was completed on 26 November 1949 after long brainstorming sessions and meetings which replaced the Government of India Act.

Leaders waited two months to enforce constitution

Leaders waited two months to enforce constitution
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26 January 1930, the date which was associated with complete independence, leaders decided to honor it by enforcing the constitution and make it a day of national importance. 

Celebrations on 26 January 

Celebrations on 26 January 
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So this is how 26 January become such an important date in Indian History.

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