Twitter floods with R-Day greetings
As India celebrated its 64th Republic Day on Saturday, from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other lawmakers to actors, writers and socialites wished the nation on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tweeted, "I pay tribute to our martyrs whose spirit of service and sacrifice continues to inspire the nation."
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, S.Y. Quraishi posted, "Greetings to all fellow Indians on our Republic Day. May our democracy become cleaner and stronger with your proactive participation."
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said, "Proud that a small Gram Panchayat, Ahwa in Tribal dominated Dang dist. hosted state level programme of 64th Republic Day.I congratulate them."
Writer-social activist Shobhaa De remarked, "Republic Day! Somehow, I am unable to add the word 'Happy' !"
Actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene wished her fans tweeting, "Happy Republic Day everybody!"
Journalist Barkha Dutt posted, "26th January evocative of childhood, winter sun, picnics at India Gate, first embrace of nationhood and the benign gaze of our Constitution."
Actress Sonakshi Sinha tweeted: "Happy republic day!"
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said, "I offer up my demons, to engage with yours, so we may share a moment of peace."
Fashion designer Manish Malhotra wished, "Guys HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY :-)"
Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi tweeted, "Happy Republic Day. I led the Delhi Police contingent in 1975. First time a woman led a male parade. PM,Indira Gandhi was overjoyed! I recall I was d shortest heading tall men behind me in Delhi police contingent. And as I saluted PM,Mrs Gandhi stood up cheering! I saw her."
Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee said, "Dr Ahamedi was a revolutionary fought and died..for common people..Bharat Mata ki Jai Ho.."
Writer Taslima Nasreen remarked, "What a spectacular celebration of India's Republic Day! An undivided India could celebrate this day together today!"
Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said, "Raised the flag at home in New Delhi w/staff and family present, before heading off to Thiruvananthapuram 4a grander event."
Anchor-VJ Sophie Choudry tweeted, "India has become a country where lawlessness and corruption rule, leaders lack vision, human life has little value..."
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap posted, "Oye hamara republic day hai aaj.. Aur Vishwaroopam banned hai.. Saarey Jahan ka kachcha Hindustan hamara.."
Actor Arjun Rampal tweeted, "Happy Republic day, I look forward to a better India, because I love her. Jai Hind."
Actor R. Madhavan wished, "Happy Republic day all. Jai Hind."
Anchor Mini Mathur tweeted, "May the winds of change take us far away from this shroud of inhumanity into an era of tolerance, development and safety. Jai hind!"
Writer Chetan Bhagat wished, "Happy Republic Day. My country, my love."
Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted, "Loved being part of parade in 1978. Now feel R day should be a day for the aam admi, not khaas admi. R day: india gate should be open to its people, not for vips only."
Actor Rahul Bose said, "today is the day the constitution came into force. oh that it were enforced less intermittently. #RepublicDay."
Filmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted, "Happy Republic Day. Jai Hind."
Amid a tight security and grand parade that displayed the mighty strength of Indian military, the country celebrated the 64th Republic Day on Saturday.
In India, Republic Day commemorates the date (Jan 26, 1950) on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of the country.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the man behind the drafting and formation of the Indian Constitution.