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This year’s R-Day parade will witness several firsts and several fouls for the first time | India News


NEW DELHI: This year’s Republic Day parade will be unique as it will witness several firsts and several fallas for the first time. From the participation of troops deployed to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India’s first female fighter pilot, a cadre of Ladakh’s newly formed UT to the flight of the country’s newly acquired Rafale multipurpose fighters over Rajpath, visitors They will be enthralled to see many things the first time.
However, the country’s 72nd R-Day parade will not have a main guest after more than five decades, there will be no participation from military veterans, and even no stunts from the motorcycle daredevils. “Due to Covid restrictions, even the parade route has been shortened to the National Stadium (C-Hexagon of the Gateway of India) unlike in previous years when it went to the Red Fort. Furthermore, the size of the marching contingents has been reduced from 144 to 96 so that marching personnel can maintain social distancing. Even the number of spectators has also been reduced to 25,000 from 1.5 lakh ”, announced on Saturday the Chief of Staff (Delhi area) Major General Alok Kacker, who is also the second in command of the parade. The mask has become essential for all personnel marching in lines.
Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth, who became one of the first three female fighter pilots on May 22, 2019, will be part of the IAF cadre with mock-ups of an LCA, a light combat helicopter and a loaded Sukhoi jet. with made-in Missiles from India that will showcase the Atmanirbhar Bharat capabilities of the air force. Ft Lt Kanth, who hails from Bihar’s Begusarai and used to dream of flying as a child, is currently at an air base in Rajasthan where she flies MiG-21 Bison jets.
Major Manish Verma, who leads the 172 Madras contingent of the Andamans, told TOI, “For the first time, any contingent from the islands (A&N) is participating in such a large event on the mainland and therefore the children are very excited. . More than 95% of the staff are locals belonging to different tribes. Our unit, which is part of the Madras Regiment, was raised for the children of the earth and its objective is to create a robust intelligence in the area, since these people are from tribes and fishing communities that have a winery on their islands ”. The contingent consisted of 96 troops, 2 JCOs and an officer, said Major Verma, who himself belongs to the UP Bulandshahr.
The parade’s star attraction will be on the air when the IAF showcases the country’s aerial prowess amid LAC’s clash with China. A total of 42 planes will fly in different formations, but all eyes will be on a Rafale fighter when it will do a “vertical charlie” at the end of the flypast. A vintage Dakota aircraft will also make its Rajpath debut. In addition to two Rafales, Sukhoi-30, MiG-29, Apache and Chinook helicopters will also attract the attention of visitors.
The Ladakh painting, which is making its debut in the parade, will depict the iconic Thikse Monastery and the rich cultural heritage of the region, and the UP painting will show a model of the upcoming Ram temple. A painting from the Department of Biotechnology will showcase indigenous production of the Covid vaccine showing India’s self-reliance in the fight against the pandemic.
A total of 32 frames, 17 from states and UT, nine from ministries and six from the defense arm, will be shot by Rajpath.

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