Saturday, January 26, 2008
India is celebrating its 59th Republic Day today. The celebrations which were aired on DD were awesome as usual. But the significance of this year’s celebration lies in the fact that this event is hosted by the first female President of India, Mrs Pratibha Patel. But it’s a pity that most of us doesn’t know why is this day called as Republic Day. As far as I know, the story goes like this. India, even though it got independence on 15th August 1947, didn’t have its own constitution for some years. The British used to assist the rulers with most of the governing. It was only on this day in 1950 that India had its own constitution and it became a Republic.
But I remember this date for some forgettable reasons. The date was 26th Jan, 1991. I was with hide-n-seek with some of friends. While running away from others, I turned back to see if anybody’s closing on me and the moment I turned to face the front, I saw was a huge water-tank with a iron-pipe(used to facilitate the outflow of surplus water) looming just in-front of my forehead. The next scene I saw was a lot of anxious faces looking at me in the hospital. I was told that I hit the iron-pipe and it bore into my forehead stopping just before some crucial bone. I think they stitched 6 stitches on the wound and I still have the mark on my forehead like a bindi on a woman’s forehead. All I can saw now is that the Republic Day left its mark on me.