Republic Day Speech
Respected Principal sir, Teachers and my dear senior and junior student friends, on this happy occasion of the 70th Republic day anniversary of our country, I have great pleasure in extending my warm greetings and best wishes to you all.
I am …………….. from………… standard. Today I am here before you to speak a few words about the importance of a great national event that is Republic Day. Every year, all over India, we celebrate two national festivals irrespective of caste, creed, region and religion. They are Independence Day and Republic Day. We celebrate Independence Day as we got freedom on 15th august in 1947 from the British Rulers and Republic Day as our constitution came into force on 26th January in 1950.
We actually got independence in 1947 but it was only partial. We got freedom from the rulers but not from rules. We were not allowed to govern by ourselves. So a Drafting Committee was set up by the Constituent Assembly on 29th of August in 1947 to draft the Constitution under the Chairmanship of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Some other great personalities in the committee were, Jawaharlal Nehru Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar, C. Rajagopalachari, Sanjay Phakey, Balwantrai Mehta, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Kanaiyalal Munshi, Rajendra Prasad, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Nalini Ranjan Ghosh, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, and Sandip Kumar Patel. There were also some great women in the committee like Sarojini Naidu, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Durgabai Deshmukh, Hansa Mehta, and Vijayalakshmi Pandit.
The committee made an in depth study of the world best constitutions and brought our longest constitution in to force which now contains 448 articles in 25 parts and 12 schedules. It took a period of 2 years 11 months and 18 days to compile this constitution. The day 26th January was selected to announce this constitution as on this day in 1930 Purna Swaraj was declared by Indian National Congress.
With the advent of our constitution, our country has become a sovereign, secular, socialist, and democratic republic. Our constitution assures the citizens of India about justice, liberty, and equality among them. So, let us commemorate the great leaders who have undergone several hardships and made their priceless sacrifices in bringing out our constitution.
Friends, those freedom fighters and architects of our constitution have envisaged our country to be well developed in all respects. But today, though we claim our superiority in many fields, we have to realize that India is still a developing country. Often we hear India is a rich country inhabited by poor people. We should always remember no nation will be great without its citizens to be great.
We were crushed and lead the life of slaves under the British Reign and we blamed them. But now whom do we blame? We should not let go easily and make this country a slave country again under corruption, bribery, polluted politics, illiteracy, inequality and other social discrimination.
Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders of India because the future of our country belongs to us. So it is our turn to uphold the responsibility of safeguarding our country and constitution. For this, we need to be self-disciplined, compassionate to other fellow beings and maintain strong character and the right attitude. We should always feel concern about the prevalent situations in our country. Let us have unity without partiality for the good development of our country.
So friends this is the best occasion for all of us to take an oath to preserve our country’s real meaning, position, status and culture and make great India greater. Today, “we feel proud to be Indians” but in the days to come, with our constant commitment and dedication for the progress of our motherland, the world will definitely say that, “ It is a proud thing to be an Indian”.
Finally let me conclude my speech with beautiful words that every one of us should remember.
“Ask not, what your country can do for you
But ask, what you can do for your country”
Thank you, one and all for giving me this opportunity to express my views on this auspicious occasion.