India celebrates January 26th every year as her Republic Day to mark the date when the Constitution of India came into force. The constitution was adopted on January 26th, 1950 with a democratic government system. It was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.
I attended the flag-hoisting ceremony organised by the embassy at the residence of the Indian Ambassador to mark the celebration of the 68th Republic Day. After hositing of flag accompanied by singing of national anthem — Jana-Gana-Mana, Mr. Bharath Kumar, the CDA, read the President’s address to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day and a small powerpoint on Indian embassy’s activities in Iraq was presented to all the attendees. It was followed by snacks — Falafel, pakodi, samosa, chana, bakhlawa and gulaab jamun.
I wish Happy Republic Day to all my fellow Indians. Vande Mataram! Jai Hind!
P.S. Today is also the 12th death anniversary of my mother. I miss you, maa.