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Rewinding the Clock: India’s First Republic Day Celebrations

On India’s 69th Republic Day, let’s rewind the clock and take you through the first Republic Day celebrations.

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India celebrates its 69th Republic Day on 26 January 2018.

The country won independence from the British on 15 August 1947 and its Constitution came into effect on 26 January 1950 – the country’s first Republic Day. 26 January was chosen as the day to celebrate Republic Day as it was the date on which the Indian National Congress had declared ‘Purna Swaraj’ or complete independence from the British in 1930.

Today, let’s rewind the clock and take you through India’s first Republic Day.

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Dr Rajendra Prasad was the country’s first president, who was sworn in at 10:24 am on the first Republic Day, as he took the baton from the country’s last Governor General, C Rajagopalachari in a ceremony at the Durbar Hall in the Government House.

 On India’s 69th Republic Day, let’s rewind the clock and take you through the first Republic Day celebrations.
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 On India’s 69th Republic Day, let’s rewind the clock and take you through the first Republic Day celebrations.
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On the Republic Day, there was a 31-gun salute at the Irwin Stadium in Delhi.

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 On India’s 69th Republic Day, let’s rewind the clock and take you through the first Republic Day celebrations.
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Unlike now when the president comes in a car, President Dr Rajendra Prasad was escorted in an open buggy.

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 On India’s 69th Republic Day, let’s rewind the clock and take you through the first Republic Day celebrations.
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The first Indonesian President Dr Sukarno was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.

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 On India’s 69th Republic Day, let’s rewind the clock and take you through the first Republic Day celebrations.
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There were no jhankis or performances on India’s first Republic Day, only the Army Band performed, the flag was hoisted and the national anthem was sung.

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 On India’s 69th Republic Day, let’s rewind the clock and take you through the first Republic Day celebrations.
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A two-day national holiday was declared to celebrate the country’s complete freedom from the British.

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 On India’s 69th Republic Day, let’s rewind the clock and take you through the first Republic Day celebrations.
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President Rajendra Prasad greeting the citizens of the country on the first Republic Day.

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Here is the video of India’s first Republic Day celebrations on 26 January, 1950.

Video Editor: Purnendu Pritam

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