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India Shows its Power at Republic Day Celebrations

  (L) Indian Army marching during 72th Republic Day parade; (R) Tableau of Uttar Pradesh showing Ram temple at Republic Day

The 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the national capital is unlike any other year. While the historical day is commemorated with elaborate displays, bravery awards and the much-awaited gravity-defying stunts by motorcycle-borne men at Rajpath, this year, due to the Covid-19 protocols, many of the major attractions were missing. Even the number of guests was reduced to 25,000. India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress was displayed during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath in the national capital.

The national capital was covered with a full proof security blanket offering a high hawks vigil in and around the Rajpath. The Republic Day Parade ceremony started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial. He led the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath. Thereafter, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries headed towards to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the parade. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets India on R-Day, says working together to eliminate COVID. Seventeen have been awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG), three President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and 18 Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of the Republic Day.

  The President, Ram Nath Kovind and the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at Republic Day

21 Gun Salute presented by Ceremonial Battery of 223 Field Regiment following the unfurling of the national flag. The parade started with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute. The parade was commanded by Parade Commander, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, Ati Vishisth Seva medal, General Officer Commanding Delhi Area. Major General Alok Kacker, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area was the Parade Second-in-Command. Apart from tableaus of Armed forces, 17 tableaus from different states and nine tableaus from different ministries/departments of the central government and Paramilitary Forces and six from Ministry of Defence was displayed during the annual parade. Captain Preeti Choudhary of 140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled) leads upgraded Schilka Weapon system. She is the only woman contingent commander from Army at Republic Day parade 2021. Flight Lieutenant Bhawna Kanth, one of the first three female fighter pilots of the country, is part of the Indian Air Force tableau.

  Jawans are marching at Rajpath

A contingent of the National Security Guard (NSG) also known as the Black Cat Commandoes march down Rajpath. ‘Rudra’ formation comprising a Dakota aircraft flanked by 2 Mi-17 IV helicopters. Dakotas were instrumental in airlifting troops into Kashmir Valley to repel invaders from across border in 1947. They played a significant role in Tangail airdrop leading to Bangladesh’s liberation. One Rafale with 2 Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft & 2 MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters, in ‘Eklavya’ formation are the next to fly past, at a height of 300m & speed of 780 Km/h. The ‘Trinetra’ formation comprising of three Su-30MKIs - the three aircraft split outwards and upwards, forming a ‘Trishul in the Sky’. Republic Day parade culminates with a single Rafale aircraft flying at a speed of 900km/hr carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’.

(For full story read SAFARI INDIA)