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“Saare jahan se accha, Hindustan hamara.”

26th January is one of those days which is imprinted on the minds of every Indian heart. Today even Google, changed it’s doodle. Thank you Google!! It is my country, India’s, Republic Day. 26th January, 1950, is honored as the date when the Constitution of India came into force. There is a reason why 26th January, 1950, marks our republic day though we won our Independence on 15th January, 1947. What happened during these three years?
Even after two years of British rulingĀ  India, the leaders didn’t aim for complete independence. Few young leaders of Indian National Congress like Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawahar Lal Nehru, were in the favor of Dominion Status, where the Monarch of the United Kingdom would be the Constitutional head. Bhagat Singh, around 1927 aimed for complete independence unlike Congress. In December, 1928, Indian National Congress passed a resolution demanding Dominion Status which was rejected and this rejection angered many Indians and they demanded or wanted Purna Swaraj on 1929. Purna Swaraj or complete independence.
On the last Sunday of January, 1930, Jawahar Lal Nehru started the Purna Swaraj day or the independence day on the banks of Ravi in Lahore.
On 15th August, 1947, India gained it’s complete independence from the Britishers and became a free bird again. Though it took time for India to turn into the golden free bird.
The Constitution assembly was formed in 1946 and our Constitution was ready by 1949. It took two years and eleven months to draft the Constitution making it the largest Constitution of the world containing four hundred and forty eight articles!! Large it is, ain’t it? Our Constitution was drafted by Dr.B R Ambedkar. The Constitution was ready by 26th January, 1950, so the Indians decided to celebrate this day as Republic Day and 15th August as Independence Day.
The first Republic Day parade was held at Rajpath on 1955 and the song, ‘abide with me’, was played which was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi jee’s favorite song. The father of the nation had an unique choice indeed.
This Republic Day is marked by few happenings that made every Indian proud. French Marching contingent was seen for the first time ever. Even the Indian troops marched down the Champs Elysees in 2009. The Army dog squad was seen marching to pay tribute to Mansi, who was killed in an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir. Another noticeable difference was the time taken to complete the parade. It took one hundred and fifteen minutes earlier but this time it was shorter. It took ninety minutes.
No matter how much time it took, I enjoyed the parade thoroughly. I take so much pride to tell, ‘Saare jahan se accha, Hindustan hamara!!’

Heaven made.

Some people enter your life to stay and some to teach you something and leave. The awesome ones are those who leave you to grow and come back when you have learnt lessons your way. Everyone of us has that one person whom we may never forget in our life. They keep coming back in circles. They fill our lives with tiny surprises. Did that person strike still? No? Let’s continue. They gave you the most amazing feeling of your life. Butterflies start fluttering with a mere thought of theirs. No. It isn’t love. Just a strong liking towards that someone which refuses to fade away no matter how many years pass by. Got my point? Let’s move now.

I have this pretty small story to share. They were really good friends and they even knew that we had something for each other. But both of them were too young to name the feelings. They were perfect. They never fought or disrespected each other. For that age, they shared a quite mature relation. They had an entire lifetime to decide anything. He had big dreams. Big goals. She was just still wondering what to do with her life. That was something about him that charmed her the most. His maturity, his ambitious nature and above all the loving person he was under a rugged appearance. Like ill luck would have it, he had to leave because his dreams were much important than her. She understood that and never questioned him. She moved on though it took time.
Like they tell, that things eventually fall into place, so did they. She texted him after three years and four months. He remembered her. Maybe, she wasn’t ever out of his head. To her surprise, the equation between them never changed. She had several questions before she texted him. Whether he would even remember her, whether he will even talk to her or whether he would just shrug her off. The little child in her forced her to text. She texted, “Hii.” He texted back in a fraction of second, “Bill?” She finally found the little child she was so fond of. The relation they were scared to name once. Now, they name it ‘friendship.’
Few relations are truly made in heaven. Few relations don’t die with time. It isn’t the name, it’s in the profoundness of the relation. They just grow and enrich each other. They are forever.
And I know that somewhere that person is reading this and smiling to himself.