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The president of India resides in a beautiful 1920 building, which is sequestered from the rest of the world by iron gates that demand obedience. But once a year, on January 26th and 27th, Rasthrapati Bhavan lights up with thousands of twinkling fairy lights whose brilliance reaches out to us, even as we stand exactly where we always were.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan on Republic Day

The president of India resides in a beautiful 1920 building, which is sequestered from the rest of the world by iron gates that demand obedience. But once a year, on January 26th and 27th, Rasthrapati Bhavan lights up with thousands of twinkling fairy lights whose brilliance reaches out to us, even as we stand exactly where we always were.