Republic Day 2014

Today is the 65th Republic day of India. In India, Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26th January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.

On every Independence Day & Republic Day, the national flag is unfurled at every public office and institution in India followed by singing of the national anthem. We have been observing these days since our school days. It’s really a proud moment for every Indian.

Like every year, the Republic Day is celebrated at the Indian Embassy in Baghdad. I received their invitations by email and phone several days ago. I went in the morning to the residence of the Indian Ambassador, where the Indian Tricolor was unfurled by the Indian Ambassador. Several other Indians in Baghdad also arrived there for the flag hoisting ceremony.

After the flag was unfurled with singing of the national anthem, the address of the President of India to the nation was read by the Ambassador. Then the breakfast was served. Some hot pakoras, halwa and tea. We had some nice chats for a while before returning to our office.

Standing under the Indian flag at Indian Embassy with the Ambassador Reddy

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The main function was scheduled from 3.00pm. The Indian Embassy and the residence of the Ambassador is next to our head office. For security reasons the road was sanitized and movement was restricted. This caused hardships to many of our staff members. The bank therefore declared closing of head office at 2.00pm. I again went to the Embassy at around 3.00pm. Many dignitaries, ministers, members of Parliament, government officials, diplomats and local businessmen were invited. There were customary speeches followed by lunch.

We walked back to our residence in the evening. It’s the day to remember the sacrifices of the freedom fighters and their families.

The evening of the Republic Day is a very sad moment for me and I prefer to be alone in this evening. As the dusk was settling down on the city of Jamshedpur 9 years ago my mother left us and went on her journey to her eternal abode. She was feeling uncomfortable in the afternoon. We rushed her to the hospital. As I was getting her admitted there after the doctors recommended for her admittance, she passed away. I feel very sad that we couldn’t do anything to save her as the time ran out so fast. I always remember you, Maa and miss you very much.

Vande Mataram! Jai Hind!

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