India's 73rd Republic Day celebrated in Athens (PHOTOS)

Indian Ambassador Amrit Lugun

The Indian Embassy in Athens celebrated the 73rd Republic Day with great fervour.

Ambassador Amrit Lugun unfurled the Indian flag at the embassy, which was then followed by the singing of the national anthem and a read out of President Ram Nath Kovind's Address to the nation.

The ceremony was attended by the Indian Community and Friends of India.

The official Twitter account of the Indian Embassy provided glimpses of the event.

Republic Day marks and celebrates the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950, replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India and thus, turning the nation into a newly formed republic.

The day also marks the transition of India from an autonomous Commonwealth realm with British Monarch as nominal head of the Indian Dominion, to a fully sovereign republic in the Commonwealth of Nations.

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In his speech, the Indian president said "The diversity and vibrancy of our democracy are appreciated worldwide. It's this spirit of unity and of being one nation that's celebrated every year as Republic Day."

"This year’s celebrations may be muted due to pandemic but the spirit is as strong as ever.

"On this occasion, let us also remember the great freedom fighters who showed incomparable courage in their pursuit of the dream of Swaraj and fired up the people to fight for it.

"On 23rd January, all of us observed the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose who had adopted the energising salutation of ‘Jai Hind’. His quest for independence and his ambition to make India proud inspire all of us.

"Today, it is our soldiers and security personnel who carry on the legacy of national pride. In the unbearable cold of the Himalayas and in the excruciating heat of the desert, far away from their families, they continue to guard the motherland."

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