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12 February 2014

Ten things you did not know about India's republic day....

I read this on 'Shubh Yatra', the inflight magazine of Air India...

Did you know these about R-Day? I didn't.

Here are 10 things that we all should know about R-Day

1. The constitution of India was handwritten and caligraphed in both English and Hindi - not typeset or printed. The original copies are kept in special helium-filled cases in the Library of the Parliament of India.

2. The documents were signed by 284 members of Constituent Assembly (including 15 Women) on January 24, 1950

3. It was raining outside the Parliament on the day the Constitution was signed and it was considered a good omen by the people who signed it.

4. The Constituent Assembly took two years, 11 months and 17 days to draft the Constitution after the Drafting Committee submitted it to them.

5. Our Constitution is the longest in the world with 44 articles, 12 schedules and 94 amendments.

6. Our Constitution is often called 'a bag of borrowings'. The concepts of liberty, equality and fraternity were taken from France, the five - year plan from the USSR, the directive principles (socio-economic rights) from Ireland and the law on which the Supreme Court functions from Japan

7. Our Constitution has been hailed as one of the best as it has only seen 94 amendments.

8. The national emblem - an adaptation of the 'Lion Capital of Ashoka at Sarnath - was adopted by the government on the 26 January 1950

9. The hymn Abide with Me is played on Republic Day as it was Mahatma Gandhi's favourite song.

10. Republic Day is celebrated for three days ending on January 29

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