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Republic Day 2021: What to expect from this year’s parade | India News


NEW DELHI: Tomorrow’s 72nd Republic Day celebrations will have several firsts and some long-standing traditions will also be lost for the first time.
IAF draw to feature India’s first female fighter pilot
Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth, who became one of the first three female fighter pilots in 2019, will be part of the IAF cadre with mock-ups of a light combat aircraft, a light combat helicopter and a Sukhoi fighter plane. loaded with made-in missiles from India that will showcase the air force’s Atmanirbhar Bharat capabilities. Ft Lt Kanth, who hails from Bihar’s Begusarai, is currently at an air base in Rajasthan where she flies MiG-21 Bison jets.
Contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces to Participate
This year, a contingent of 122 members of the Bangladesh armed forces will take part in the Republic Day parade. They will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Indo-Pak War of 1971 that led to the liberation and creation of Bangladesh. This is the first time that a contingent from a neighboring country has been invited to participate in the parade. France has been the other country to appear in a previous year. This will be the third time that India will host a foreign contingent to take part in the parade after French troops in 2016 and UAE personnel in 2017.
Rafale fighters air parade about Rajpath
The star attraction of the parade will be the Rafale fighter jets doing a “vertical charlie” at the end of the flypast. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will also display a vintage Dakota aircraft, whose squad had helped Indian troops ‘save’ Srinagar from Pakistani-backed tribal militants in 1947 and also played a key role in Bangladesh’s liberation war. . In addition to two Rafales helicopters, Sukhoi-30, MiG-29, Apache and Chinook, they will also draw the attention of visitors on Republic Day.
Ram Temple, Union Territory of Ladakh and Covid Vaccine Box
The Ladakh painting, making its debut in the parade, will depict the iconic Thikse Monastery and the rich cultural heritage of the region. The Uttar Pradesh painting will show a model of the upcoming Ram temple. A chart from the Department of Biotechnology will show indigenous production of the Covid vaccine showing India’s self-reliance in fighting the pandemic. A total of 32 frames (17 from states and UT, nine from ministries and six from the defense arm) will roll through Rajpath.
Troops from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands will participate for the first time
For the first time, a contingent from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands will participate in the Republic Day parade on the mainland. More than 95% of the contingent’s personnel will be locals belonging to different tribes. The contingent consisted of 96 troops, 2 JCOs and an officer. The unit is part of the Madras Regiment, whose main objective is to create a strong intelligence in the area, as the people come from tribes and fishing communities that have a control on their islands.
The first time there will be no main guest
For the first time in more than five decades, there will be no main guest presiding over the Republic Day parade. UK Prime Minister Boris Jhonson would be the main guest, however, weeks before the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, the British leader canceled his visit to India citing a new shutdown in England and the rapid spread of the new strain Covid.
No participation of military veterans
There will be no participation of military veterans in the 72nd Republic Day parade due to Covid-19 restrictions. The contingent of military veterans presents the brave hearts of India in its advancing years and commemorates its commitment and sacrifices made for the country.
Shortened parade route
The route of the parade has been reduced to the National Stadium (C-Hexagon of the Gateway of India), unlike previous years when it went to the Red Fort.
No acrobatics, no gallantry awards
Due to Covid-19 safety regulations, this year will be missing the gravity-defying stunts by men on motorcycles, one of the main attractions for the crowd during the Republic Day celebrations on the Rajpath. Also, the parade of honorees and children who have won awards for bravery will also not be present at the 72nd Republic Day event, due to social distancing, they said.
Fewer participants, smaller audience
This year, the number of participants in Republic Day cultural programs has been reduced from more than 600 to just 401 this year, to avoid overcrowding and follow social distancing rules in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The size of the ongoing contingents has been reduced from 144 to 96 regular. The size of the spectators has also been reduced to 25,000 from 1.5 lakh. The mask has been made mandatory for all personnel marching in lines.
One Hundred Meritorious Students in the Prime Ministers’ Box
At least 100 deserving students from schools and universities will have the opportunity to watch the Republic Day parade from the Prime Minister’s box on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Education. Students will also be able to interact with the Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ after the parade. According to a ministry official, 100 students have been shortlisted for this purpose: 50 from schools and 50 from higher education institutions. Last year, a total of 105 toppers from CBSE and universities across the country had the opportunity to watch the 71st Republic Day Parade from the prime minister’s box.
(With inputs from agencies)

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