Republic Day 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not hoist the national flag;  here’s why

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Republic Day 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not hoist the national flag; here’s why – Gudstory

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India is all set to celebrate its 75th Republic Day on January 26, 2024. Every year, many people across the country remain confused about who will hoist the flag on this special day. To make it clear, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not hoist the national flag on Republic Day 2024. This President will be Draupadi Murmu. Here’s why.

On Independence Day, the Prime Minister hoists the national flag at the Red Fort. However, Republic Day begins with the President of India hoisting the flag on the duty path, which was earlier called Rajpath and was originally named Kingsway.

On Independence Day, the Prime Minister hoists the flag from the bottom of the pole at the Red Fort. It symbolizes India’s emergence from the colonial clutches. This day symbolizes the establishment of an independent nation.

In stark contrast, on Republic Day the President hoists the flag, on which flowers are already tied. This act signifies that India, having already achieved independence, celebrates its established independence and the enactment of its Constitution.

Another difference lies in the locations and the proceedings thereafter. The national address is given after the flag hoisting by the Prime Minister at the Red Fort. In contrast, the hoisting of the President’s flag on the duty path on Republic Day heralds a grand parade.

India’s ‘first’ Independence Day

In 1930, the Indian National Congress began celebrating 26 January as India’s Independence Day to honor India’s freedom fighters. In 1947, 15 August became the new Independence Day when power was officially handed over to India.

When the Constitution of India was about to come into force in 1950, this date was chosen to remember the independence call of 1930. India officially became a republic on 26 January 1950. Since then every year this day is celebrated as Republic Day.

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Published: 25 January 2024, 01:44 PM IST

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