New Delhi: India is celebrating its 74th Republic Day today. On this occasion, the Kartavya Path of the capital Delhi became witness to the Republic Day parade. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was the chief guest this year. There was a lot of special in the Republic Day celebrations this year. Many things happened in this Republic Day which never happened before. Let us know about the Republic Day celebrations this time from these 10 points…
1. President Draupadi Murmu reached the venue along with the chief guest Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. To celebrate the Republic Day, he flagged off the parade for the first time from the duty path, before which the name of the duty path used to be Rajpath. In this grand parade, there was a mixture of military power and cultural diversity of the country. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and the three service chiefs paid tribute at the National War Memorial.
2. The parade began with a march by a contingent of the Egyptian Armed Forces. It consisted of 144 soldiers representing the main branches of the Egyptian Armed Forces.
3. The women contingent of the Central Reserve Police Force is one of the highlights of this year. Women were involved in many other marching contingents including the Navy. 3 women and 6 Agniveers joined the naval contingent led by a woman officer.
4. There were no Russian tanks this time among the weapon systems displayed with the self-reliance motto. Made in India Arjun, and other weapons made in India including Akash missile system were displayed.
5. While congratulating the people on the occasion of Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this time Republic Day is special because it is being celebrated during the “Amrit Mahotsav” of the country’s independence. He said, “I wish that we move ahead unitedly to fulfill the dreams of the great freedom fighters of the country.”
6. This time a total of 23 tableaux were displayed on Republic Day. Of these, 17 were from states and union territories, and 6 from various government ministries. They reflect India’s cultural heritage, economic progress and national security.
7. Cultural performances were given by 479 artistes selected through the nationwide “Vande Bharatam” dance competition. This is the second time that the dancers have been selected through a nationwide competition.
8. A motorcycle display by the daredevils team of the Corps of Signals enthralled the audience along with various other performances including yoga. Eleven children, who received the Prime Minister’s National Child Awards for bravery, outstanding achievements in the fields of art and culture, sports, innovation and social service, also became part of the parade.
9. The grand finale was the much-awaited fly past, in which aircraft from all the three services participated. With 45 aircraft, the air show included everything from vintage aircraft to the most modern jets in service in the Indian Air Force. The country’s new Rafale fighter aircraft showed the Vertical Charlie maneuver. Although Rafale has been a part of the parade in the last two years. This is the first time nine aircraft, a quarter of the fleet, participated in the flypast.
10. This year, people associated with the construction of Central Vista, Duty Path, New Parliament House, milk, vegetable and street vendors were also invited, who were given a prominent place in the galleries.