Indian Republic DayAfter 200 decades of being under the yoke of Great Britains colonial empire, the Constitution of India took effect Jan.26 producing what would develop into the largest democracy in the world. Since that time, the country has celebrated the day because its own Republic Day, marking the day it gave its governing document to itself. Strife was faced by the nation in its journey while Great Britain guaranteed India its independence following World War II. Violence has been rife in the region, and thousands died as an outcome. Gandhi himself was taken from a Hindu nationalist in January 1948. The authorities cracked down on extremists, the violence and in Nov 1949. India commemorates Republic Day with a parade in New Delhi, conducted by the armed forces and various forces, in addition to various performances by schoolchildren and the numerous countries of the country. The president of India opens the national flag at the beginning of the parade, and also the party officially comes to a close 3 days afterwards, on the evening of Jan.29 with a service called Beating Retreat. The flag was adopted in 1947 before India became an independent nation. For several years, it can only be put up by individuals at their homes on national holidays, but the national flag code has been changed in 2002 to allow individuals to fly the flag on any day, so long because it’s with due decorum. For the 2016 celebration, French President Francois Hollande is likely to be the chief guest, a honor given to a different head of state each year, India Today reported. Last years guest was U.S. President Barack Obama. Spectators cheer because a cavalcade carrying U.S. President Barack Obama, not pictured, drives past because he leaves after attending the 66th Republic Day parade at New Delhi, Jan. 26, 2015. Photo: Reuters – U.S. President Barack Obama, center, flanked from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee, waves after attending the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, Jan. 26, 2015.