The Newsletter 62 Winter 2012

India's Republic Day: language & the nation

Rituparna Roy

On 26 January 2013, India will celebrate her 64th Republic Day, which commemorates not the birth of the nation (August 1947), but the coming into being of its Constitution (January 1950). The annual Republic Day parade held on Delhi’s Rajpath – a veritable delight to children and adults alike – follows a similar pattern but varied routine from year to year. It has two main recurring themes, namely, India’s ‘unity in diversity’, and its national pride in the armed forces.

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