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112-year-old Mariyam Umar attends Republic Day flag hoisting ceremony
Monday January 26, 2015 10:32 PM, Hena Farhat,

Local residents who gathered for the flag hoisting ceremony in Khar (West) on the occasion of India's 66th Republic Day Monday were up for a pleasant surprise when they saw Mariyam Umar, 112 years old and ailing, reaching to the venue on wheelchairs to be part of the national event.

Mariyam Umar
[On wheelchair and with Indian tricolor in hand, 112-year-old Mariyam Umar joined the Republic Day celebrations in Mumbai's Khar (West) (Photo:]

Mariyam Umar, the oldest resident of the area, insisted that she should be taken for the flag hoisting ceremony despite illness.

"Who knows I will be alive or not the next year", she said to her son Syed Gaffar Umar urging him to take for the flag hoisting ceremony.

Syed Gaffar Umar is president of 'I Love My India Forum' and is organising flag hoisting at the venue for the last more than 25 years.

Javed Syed, a local resident while talking to informed that flag hoisting ceremony at Kabootar Khana near Khar (West) railway station is organised ever since a pole was installed for the purpose by ex-MP Sunil Dutt.

"During his life time, Sunil Dutt was regular every Independence Day and Republic Day to unfurl the national tricolour at this venue. After his death, his daughter Priya Dutt used to follow him. This year she could not come because of some unavoidable reasons. Hence ex-MLA Baba Siddiqui unfurled the national flag", he said.

Republic Day is celebrated across India every year on January 26. The day is celebrated to mark the date on which the Constitution of India came into force in 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of the country.

The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 but was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition toward becoming an independent republic.

January 26 was selected for this purpose because it was on this day in 1930 the Declaration of Indian Independence was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.


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