News India Times January 26, 2018 20 RepublicDay Special – that’s all you need to know Continued From Page 18 Patriotism And Panorama Reuters/ AjayVerma Reuters/ Stephen Crowley/ Pool Above: Schoolgirls holding tri-coloured balloons take part in the Republic Day celebrations in Chandigarh, India, January 26, 2017. Left: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama watch India's Republic Day parade in the rain together from their review stand in New Delhi January 26, 2015. Below Left: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves towards the crowd at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India January 26, 2017. Below: Float at the parade T he real spirit behind such a grand celebration is not only to cele- brate India's secularism and democracy but also to make every Indian feel proud of our rich culture, languages, dialects, traditions, customs and religions that makes India a marvel- lous multi-cultural country. Let's all come together and feel proud, identify ourselves as true Indians, and not to a particular religion or caste. Let's take a pledge deep inside our hearts to pro- mote one feeling, one religion and one thought: of Being a true Indian. Source: Archive I ndia, also known as Bharat, is a Union of States. It is a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic with a parliamentary system of government. The Republic is governed in terms of the Constitution of India which was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th November, 1949 and came into force on 26th January, 1950. The Constitution provides for a Parliamentary form of government which is federal in structure with certain unitary features. The constitutional head of the Executive of the Union is the President. As per Article 79 of the Constitution of India, the council of the Parliament of the Union consists of the President and two Houses known as the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) and the House of the People (Lok Sabha). Article 74(1) of the Constitution provides that there shall be a Council of Ministers with the Prime Minister as its head to aid and advise the President, who shall exercise his/her functions in accordance to the advice. The real executive power is thus vested in the Council of Ministers with the Prime Minister as its head. Source: The Spirit Of Republic Day Significance Of Republic Day Right: Police women march during India's Republic Day parade in Chandigarh, India January 26, 2017. Reuters/ Adnan Abidi Continued On Page 22