In a show of India’s army 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 completely 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 youngsters carried out folks arts and crafts displaying abilities and dexterity handed down from generations. Bajasal, a folks 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 standard 8.5 km and for the primary time in 55 years, no overseas dignitary attended the January 26 parade.
Nonetheless, 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 struggle that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
The Indian Military showcased its major 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 throughout 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 carried out throughout the 1971 India-Pakistan struggle.
The Air Drive exhibited fashions of sunshine fight plane Tejas and indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile Dhruvastra on its tableaus throughout 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, embody Rafale, and 4 planes of the Indian Military participated within the flypast.
The Defence Analysis and Growth Organisation (DRDO) introduced two tableaus at this yr’s parade, one showcasing gentle fight plane Tejas’ profitable take off from plane provider 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 Conflict 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 numerous states and union territories, particularly, 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 throughout the parade, depicting the geographical and wealthy cultural variety 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)