India won Independence on 15th August, 1947. So how can it be that we held up until 26th January, 1950, to declare India as republic?
As we close in on our 66th Republic Day, how about we explain this little mystery for you:
As astonishing as it may sound, in the past the principle aim of our leaders was not complete independence from the British. Our leaders were agreeable to Dominion Status, where the Monarch of the United Kingdom would in any case be the constitutional head of India.
Then again, around 1927, Bhagat Singh, alongside Hindustan Republican Association, were picking up unmistakable quality in the Indian political scenario. Dissimilar to the congress, Singh and organization had proposed the idea of complete independence.
This impacted the young leaders of the Indian National Congress like Subhash Chandra Bose and Jawahar Lal Nehru. They needed Congress to request complete independence too, however their interest failed to receive any notice.
Along these lines, in the December of 1928, the Indian National Congress passed a resolution requesting Dominion Status, and gave the British government one year's opportunity. The British dismisses the idea, saying that India was not prepared for home rule or dominion status.
This maddened the Congress. Furthermore, amid its session of December 1929, held in Lahore, a young Nehru was chosen as President, and the Congress finally voted in favor of Purna Swaraj (complete independence) as opposed to a dominion status for India.
A resolution was passed, altering the last Sunday of January, 1930, to be commended as our Independence Day, which unexpectedly fell on the 26th. On that day, Jawahar Lal Nehru raised the tricolor on the banks of Ravi in Lahore.
The Indian crowded gladly observed India's Independence Day on 26th January, 1930.
Be that as it may, the Brits were still around. Until the decisive day of fifteenth August in 1947, when India awoke to appropriate freedom. Our Constituent Assembly, notwithstanding, was at that point framed in 1946. Furthermore, our Constitution was prepared by the 26th of November, 1949.
It was then that the leaders, out of appreciation for the first Independence Day celebrations of 26th January, 1930, chose to sit tight for 2 more months to authoritatively uphold it.
What's more, that is the means by which 26th January came to be known as the Republic Day of India.