The 74th Republic Day parade in Delhi is marching down Kartavya Path, the revamped ceremonial boulevard from the British interval as soon as often called the Rajpath, for the primary time immediately. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is the Chief Guest this yr.
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President Droupadi Murmu, who arrived on the venue accompanied by Chief Guest Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, flagged off the parade to rejoice Republic Day from the Kartavya Path. The grand parade might be a mixture of the nation’s navy energy and cultural range. Eatrlier, PM Modi, flanked by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and the chiefs of the tri-services, paid homage on the National War Memorial.
The parade kicked off with a march by a contingent of the Egyptian Armed Forces — consisting of 144 troopers, representing the primary branches of the Egyptian Armed Forces.
An all girls contingent of the Central Reserve Police Force is likely one of the highlights this yr. Several different marching contingents, together with these of the Navy, featured girls. The Naval contingent, led by a lady officer, featured 3 girls, and 6 Agniveers — troopers within the first batch of the brand new armed forces recruitment scheme.
In sync with the Atmanirbharta (self-reliance) motto for the weapons techniques on show, there have been no Russian tanks this time. Indian made Arjun, and different techniques made in India, together with the Akash missile system, had been on show.
Greeting individuals on the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned it’s particular this time as it’s being celebrated in the course of the “Amrit Mahotsav” of the nation’s independence. “I want that we transfer ahead unitedly to satisfy the goals of the nation’s nice freedom fighters. Happy Republic Day to all fellow Indians!”
23 tableaux, 17 from states and union territories, and 6 from numerous authorities ministries, depicted India’s cultural heritage, financial progress, and nationwide safety.
Cultural performances had been introduced by 479 artistes chosen via the nationwide “Vande Bharatam” dance competitors. This is the second time that the dancers have been chosen via a nationwide competitors.
The perennial draw of motorbike show by the Corps of Signals’ Dare Devils crew thrilled the viewers with a number of formations, together with a yoga show. Eleven kids who obtained the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for excellent achievement within the fields of bravery, artwork and tradition, sports activities, innovation and social service had been additionally a part of the parade.
The grand finale was the eagerly-awaited flypast, the place plane from three forces participated. The air present, with 45 plane, included classic plane to essentially the most trendy jets in service within the Indian Air Force. The fog, nevertheless, meant that the plane weren’t as clearly seen as many would have preferred. The nation’s new Rafale fighter plane carried out the concluding Vertical Charlie manoeuvre. Though Rafale had been a part of the parade within the final two years, that is the primary time 1 / 4 of the fleet – 9 plane – participated within the flypast.
This yr, invitations had been despatched to individuals concerned within the building of the Central Vista, Kartavya Path, New Parliament Building, milk, vegetable distributors and road distributors, who got a distinguished spot within the galleries.