Republic Day or Gantantra Diwas is a day of great pride for India and all Indians. While the country achieved freedom from the British rule in 1947, it was only on January 26, 1950, that  India completed its transition of becoming an independent republic. Our constitution came into effect on this day in 1950 and replaced the Government of India Act (1935). The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in all corners of the country. It is a day to remember our freedom fighters, the founder of our constitution and all the brave leaders who dared to dream of a free India. These nine quotes from inspirational leaders are sure to appeal to the patriot in you.

Republic Day Parade 2018: Traffic Advisory Issued by Delhi Traffic Police For Rehearsals From January 17 to January 21

Republic Day Parade 2018: Traffic Advisory Issued by Delhi Traffic Police For Rehearsals From January 17 to January 21

On the occasion of Republic Day, the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, had said, “We have inherited no old enmities. Our republic enters the world stage, therefore, free from pride and prejudice, humbly believing and striving that in international as well as internal affairs our statesmen may be guided by the teachings of the Father of our Nation — tolerance, understanding non-violence and resistance to aggression.” Every year, the Republic Day is celebrated in a grand manner in Delhi, at the Rajpath before the President of India. Thousands gather to watch the ceremonious Republic Day parade. The three wings of the Indian military – the Army, Navy and the Air Force – put forth a grand show. The aim of the three-day Republic Day celebrations in Delhi is to showcase India’s Defence Capability, Cultural and Social Heritage.

Nine Inspirational Quotes From Famous Personalities on Republic Day:

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We are Indians, firstly and lastly.” –  B. R. Ambedkar

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“Citizenship consists in the service of the country.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

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“Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.” — BR Ambedkar

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“You must be the change you want to see in the World”  – Mahatma Gandhi

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“Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood… will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.” –  Indira Gandhi

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“Let new India arise out of peasants’ cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper.” – Swami Vivekananda

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“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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“Let us together commence a journey of peace, harmony and progress in South Asia.” ― Atal Behari Vajpayee

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“Freedom is not given, it is taken.” – Netaji Subash Chandra Bose

The day is also celebrated with great enthusiasm in educational institutions as well as residential complexes. Skits, essay-writing, singing and other cultural functions are organised. Many schools also hold the annual day on January 26. Radio, television and even streets resonate with patriotic songs – from ‘Saare Jahaan Se Accha’ to ‘Mere Desh ki Dharti’ to more contemporary songs like ‘Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo’ and ‘Rang De Basanti’. It is hard to miss the happiness on people’s faces as they passionately chant ‘Jai Hind’ and send greetings and wishes to loved ones on this momentous occasion. We hope these quotes will add more flavour to your celebrations. Here’s wishing our readers a very Happy Republic Day!