The first patriotic holiday of the year is upon us, and with it the opportunity to sport medals, ribbons and black armbands — as you choose. January 26 is always controversial, with highly publicised protests by a vocal minority marring an annual celebration of national pride featuring fireworks, cricket and an old-fashioned 21-gun salute.
The protests and parties will be muted this year due to coronavirus restrictions, but that won’t stop more than a billion people tuning in to watch the parade. Yes, a billion. January 26 is India’s Republic Day, commemorating the 1930 declaration of Purna Swaraj (complete self-rule), which set it on the road to independence.
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