In a show of India’s navy would possibly, Rafale fighter jets took half within the Republic Day flypast for the primary time because the armed forces showcased its T-90 tanks, the Samvijay digital warfare system and Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets on the Rajpath on Tuesday. Depicting the nation’s wealthy cultural heritage and financial progress, 17 tableaux from states and union territories and 9 from totally different Union ministries and paramilitary forces took half within the 72nd Republic day parade. Six tableaux of the defence ministry additionally attended the occasion.
Faculty kids carried out people arts and crafts displaying expertise and dexterity handed down from generations. Bajasal, a people dance from Kalahandi in Odisha, the Match India Motion and Aatmanirbhar Bharat have been additionally displayed on the Rajpath.
This yr, the attendance to the Republic Day parade was restricted as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. These under 15 years of age and above 65 weren’t allowed among the many guests on the venue.
The parade additionally witnessed a number of main modifications. The contingents solely marched a distance of three.5 km as a substitute of the same old eight.5 km and for the primary time in 55 years, no international dignitary attended the January 26 parade.
Nevertheless, a 122-member contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces marched on Rajpath. They carried the legacy of legendary muktijoddhas of Bangladesh, who fought in opposition to “oppression and mass atrocities” and liberated the nation in 1971.
India is presently celebrating the Swarnim Vijay Varsh — the Golden Jubilee yr — commemorating the nation’s victory over Pakistan within the 1971 battle that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
The Indian Military showcased its important battle tank T-90 Bhishma, infantry fight car BMP-II-Sarath, cellular autonomous launcher of the BrahMos missile system, multi-launcher rocket system Pinaka, digital warfare system Samvijay amongst others in the course of the parade on Tuesday.
The Navy’s tableau on the Republic Day parade this yr displayed fashions of Indian naval ship (INS) Vikrant and naval operations that have been performed in the course of the 1971 India-Pakistan battle.
The Air Drive exhibited fashions of sunshine fight plane Tejas and indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile Dhruvastra on its tableaus in the course of the parade. Scaled-down fashions of the Gentle Fight Helicopter, Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet and Rohini radar have been additionally a part of the IAF tableaux.
A complete of 38 IAF plane, embrace Rafale, and 4 planes of the Indian Military participated within the flypast.
The Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation (DRDO) offered two tableaus at this yr’s parade, one showcasing gentle fight plane Tejas’ profitable take off from plane service INS Vikramaditya in 2020, and one other displaying full complement of the anti-tank guided missile techniques.
The Republic Day parade ceremony commenced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the Nationwide Warfare Memorial within the morning.
The tricolour was unfurled adopted by the nationwide anthem with a booming 21-gun salute. The parade commenced with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute.
Seventeen tableaux from varied states and union territories, specifically, Gujarat, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Tripura, West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi and Ladakh have been showcased in the course of the parade, depicting the geographical and wealthy cultural range of the nation.
The tableaux highlighted the imaginative and prescient for Ladakh to be carbon impartial, the Solar temple at Modhera in Mehsana District of Gujarat, tea-tribes of Assam, shore temple and different monuments of Pallava Dynasty in Tamil Nadu, Bhakti Motion and saints of Maharashtra, amongst others.
(With PTI inputs)