on 26th January 1950, our Constitution came into effect. Even before that, this date had acquired special significance. January 26 was specifically chosen as the ‘date of commencement’ of the Constitution because of its historical importance. It was on this day in 1930 that Purna Swaraj day was celebrated, following the resolution of the Lahore Session (December 1929) of the INC. That is why, in 1950 embarked our journey as a Republic on the 26th January, affirming to the principles laid down in our Constitution. Since then, every year celebrated our Republic Day on 26th January.This day 26th January 1950 is referred to in the Constitution as the ‘date of its commencement’, and celebrated as the Republic Day.