The wish was echoed by many across the land, whether at official ceremonies, schools or at private ones at condominiums and homes. The national anthem was sung with passion, patriotic songs from films were the order of the day, and laddoos and tricoloured sandwiches eaten.
Saffron, white and green were the colours of the day. Patriotism the underlying essence. And this is the one day of the year when even the most cynical doffed their hat to that spirit.
Image: SSB soldiers march during 63rd Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Thursday, January 26, 2012