26th January, 1950, the first time we celebrated the Indian Constitution – the longest in the world with 48 articles, 12 schedules and 94 amendments, it took the Constituent Assembly 2 years, 11 months and 17 days before it was readied.
Dr.Rajendra Prasad was the Chairman of the Constituent Assembly that was responsible for drafting the Constitution of Free India, while Dr.B.R.Ambedkar was the principal architect in its framing since he was a jurist, economist and a social reformer and with his holistic view, could expound his views succinctly and elaborately.
On 26th January 1950, the Constitution of India came into effect to administrate the country as a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic. The constitution of India is considered as the supreme law of our country that frame the outline of fundamental political principles, establishing the structure, procedures, powers, and duties of government establishments. It also sets the fundamental rights, directive principles, and duties of a citizen.
The original Constitution of India was handwritten by Prem Behari Narain Raizada in a flowing italic style with beautiful calligraphy. He used 254 pen-holder nibs of NO.303 and devoted his six months to complete the writing.
Why this date – 26th January 1950?
The date is mentioned in the history related to the mass movement demanding “Purna Swaraj” (Complete Independence) during 1929-30. Where on one side Mahatma Gandhi was wanting gradual transition to complete freedom from the existing domination status of the British, on the other hand Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose were demanding immediate and complete freedom.
Finally, Nehru Ji was elected as President and along with Sardar Patel, Rajaji & Gandhi Ji, the Indian Declaration of Independence was drafted and on 31st December 1929, Nehru Ji hoisted the tricolor flag with Gandhi charkha in centre. On 26th January 1930, Purna Swaraj was publicly issued and 26th January was celebrated as “Indian Independence Day” for the next 17 years.
In 1947, we requested the British to grant freedom on the same date but Lord Mountbatten choose 15th August. This was the reason when the constitution was formed, the date to declare it, was chosen as 26th January 1950.
Patriotism for the country through the colors of the National flag
Ladies, womenfolk and young lasses! Why not use the occasion to flaunt your love of colors but at the same time suing the opportunity to display your love of being an India, through attire having at least one of the three colors of the National Flag – Saffron, White and Green? Good if you have accessories to complete the three colors in case all three or even two are not available in the fabric.
Unnati Silks in its patriotic fervor, suggests flavours in saree fabrics at your disposal in case you are at a loss about how one could avail the colors at short notice. You have a period from now till the Beating the Retreat is officially performed on 29th January, the third day after Republic Day, marking the end of the festivities.
For the saffron there are wonderful sarees in soft Kanchi cotton sarees, Gadwal cotton sarees, lovely Batik cotton, the sensational Uppada silk cotton sarees, the fusion range of Maheshwari Jamdhani sarees and the very popular Chettinad cotton sarees.
For the pleasing white you have Banarasi Tissue Plain saree, Batik cotton, Rajasthani malmal cotton, Kerala cotton sarees with kalamkari appliqué work, Bagru printed Rajasthani soft silk saree, hand painted and Kerala cotton saree.
All these are suggestions based on immediate popularity but not limited to them. There are plenty more in these colors and to explore from. It is better to hurry before the desire wanes and the opportunity is lost, to show what as a patriotic Indian has to display. But even after the 29th, you are still an Indian and the saree still is with you to flaunt on some other exclusive event.