Google Doodle Shows India's Diverse Culture on 71st Republic Day (Photo Credit: google.com)
Google Doodle on Sunday commemorated India’s 71st Republic Day. In a doodle, Google highlighted the country’s cultural heritage that permeates and unites the diverse nation. From world-famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal and India Gate, to the wide array of fauna like the national bird to classical arts, textiles, and dances, the Google doodle merged India's rich cultural heritage in a colourful illustration. The illustration is made by Singapore-based guest artist Meroo Seth.
It is to be noted that while the Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949, it came into effect on January 26 — a day when Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress back in 1929, as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.
In a statement, Google said, “Republic Day marks the completion of India’s transition from the British Raj to an independent republic. It also represents the anniversary of the declaration of Purna Swaraj, which translates to complete freedom, by the Indian National Congress in 1929.”
“Festivities embody the essence of diversity found in one of the world’s most populous nations, celebrated over a three-day period with cultural events displaying national pride,” it added.
With the 71st Republic Day celebrations set to begin in Delhi shortly, the entire national capital has been put under a multi-layered, ground-to-air security cover with thousands of armed personnel keeping a tight vigil over it, including the celebration venue Rajpath.
Aided by dozens of drones in the air and hundreds of CCTV cameras and facial recognition devices, besides several anti-aircraft guns on the ground, the security personnel are keeping a hawk-eyed vigil over Rajpath, where President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be celebrating the occasion along with chief guest, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and other dignitaries, besides thousands of citizens.