What is the significance of Republic Day Parade in India?
Constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950. During the transition period from 1947 to 1950, King George VI was the head of country. He was also the last Emperor of Modern India. C. Rajagopalachari served as the Governor-General of India during this period. Following January 26, 1950, Rajendra Prasad was elected as the president of India. To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, New Delhi, from the Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort. The different regiments of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force march past in all their finery and official decorations. President of India, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces (Army, Navy & Air Force), takes the salute. Celebrations are also held in state capitals, where the governor of the state unfurls the national flag. If the Governor of the state is unwell, or is unavailable for some reason, the Chief Minister of the state assumes the honor of unfurling the National Flag of India.