The Republic Day commemorates India’s constitution coming into force on January 26, 1950, declaring the country a democratic republic. Every year, India celebrates this important day at Rajpath in New Delhi with the presence of President of India. In this ceremony, that’s tribute to the country’s unity and heritage, it displays its military might and cultural diversity, to make it a celebration like none other. All the forces in the army show their decorations and their abilities in making this republic festivity a great success.
Going back to history, you may not be aware that in 1963, the then prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru invited Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the Republic Day Parade, as a respect of gratitude on RSS Swayamsevaks for assisting Indian Armed Forces in fighting the Indo-China 1962 War.
During the 1962 war, the RSS workers mobilised support to the governmental measures as well as to the jawans. This impressed Pandit Nehru so much that he invited a Sangh contingent to take part in the Republic Day Parade on January 26, 1963. It is believed that over 3500 Swayamsevaks turned up at the parade in full Sangh uniform.
In his autobiography, ‘My Country My Life,’ veteran BJP leader L. K. Advani corroborates this fact:
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy too have advised Congress party to remember that “their party icon Jawaharlal Nehru turned up to RSS and begged them to participate in the Republic Day parade.”
“Even Lal Bahadur Shastri asked the organisation to help in maintaining law and order after Pakistan attacked the country in 1965. RSS Swayamsewaks can be seen rushing in for rescue works during floods or other calamities and were seen actively helping people during Nepal earthquake,” Swami had said.
Surprisingly, when many Congressmen raised their eyebrows over the invitation to Sangh, Nehru brushed aside the objections saying that all patriotic citizens had been invited to join the parade.