This year, the 68th Republic Day parade will see an amalgamation of varied themes in a tribute to the nation’s journey so far and big since it first became a republic. The participating tableaux will essay themes which includes, Green India- Clean India, Beti Bacho Beti Padhao, Skill India, a tribute to Lokmanya Tilak on his 160th birth anniversary, art and lifestyle of Kutch, model Government schools of Delhi and several others.
Tableaux from 17 states and Union Territories, six Central Ministries and Departments presented the varied historical art and cultural heritage and development of the country. The tableaux also showcased nation’s progress in key areas like IT, women, empowerment and environment protection.
List of Tableaux from 17 States
|Arunachal Pradesh||Yak Dance|
|Maharashtra||Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak|
|Gujarat||The Art and Life Style of Kutch|
|Lakshadweep||An unexplored Tourist Destination|
|NCT of Delhi||Model Government School of Delhi|
|Himachal Pradesh||Chamba Rumal|
|Haryana||Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao|
|West Bengal||Sharod Utsav|
|Goa||Musical Heritage of Goa / Music of Goa|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Winter Sports at Gulmarg|
One thing in which India faces no competition is it’s varied culture and heritage. The culture of India has been shaped by the long history of India, its unique geography and the absorption of customs, traditions and ideas from some of its neighbour as well as by preserving its ancient heritages, which were formed during the Indus Valley Civilization and evolved further during the Vedic age, rise and decline of Buddhism, Golden age, Muslim conquests and European colonization. India’s great diversity of cultural practices, languages, customs, and traditions are examples of this unique co-mingling over the past five millennia.
At all levels India has added great number of languages in to the diverse cultures and traditions. There were 1000 (if you count regional dialects and regional words) languages are spoken by Indians Altogether, but unfortunately now there are 415 living languages in India. The Constitution of India has stipulated the national language Hindi and English to be the two official languages of communication for the Union Government.
Reason for choosing January 26th
The Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution on January 26, 1950, a date specially chosen to coincide with the anniversary of ‘Purna Swaraj Diwas’. January 26, 1930 was marked as ‘Purna Swaraj Diwas’, or the day the nation would attain complete freedom from its colonisers by the Congress.
- The members of the drafting committee felt that the birth of the constitution should be observed on a day that held some significance in their fight for independence. When India was ultimately granted freedom by the British in 1947, but on August 15 and not January 26, the date was instead assigned to celebrating India’s Republic Day.
- This was the day the Indian Independence Act was consequently repealed and India was established as a democratic republic, no longer a dominion of the British Crown.