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Bangladeshi contingent, 2 female pilots, Rafale, Ladakh cadre debut in R-Day parade | India News

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NEW DELHI: Tuesday’s 72nd Republic Day parade witnessed several first and first fouls due to the Covid pandemic. A 122-member contingent from Bangladesh, two female IAF pilots, the recently acquired Rafale multipurpose fighter jet, troops deployed to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and a cadre from the newly formed UT from Ladakh made their debut in the parade.
However, for the first time in more than five decades, the R-Day parade did not have a foreign dignitary as the main guest, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was supposed to come to India, had to cancel his visit at the last minute due to an increase in new strain Covid cases in your country. Also, this time there was no participation from military veterans and motorcycle daredevils, who used to be the center of attraction of the parade in recent years. Due to Covid restrictions, even the route of the marching contingents was shortened to the National Stadium (C-Hexagon of the Gateway of India), unlike the last time it was to the Red Fort. However, the pictures were allowed to spread to the Red Fort. Even the size of the marching contingents was reduced from 144 to 96 regular to maintain social distancing between staff and mandatory masks between them. The number of spectators was also limited to 25,000 of 1.5 lakh this time.
Despite all these restrictions caused by Covid, the level of enthusiasm among viewers did not decrease. The armed forces exhibited their latest weapons such as T-90 tanks, Brahmos missile system, Pinaka multi-launch rocket system, T-72 bridging tank, integrated communication electronic warfare system, and an improved Schilka weapon system; some of these systems are currently in place in Ladakh to prevent any Chinese incursion.

Bangladeshi contingent, 2 female pilots, Rafale, Ladakh cadre debut in R-Day parade |  India News

Two awardees from Param Vir Chakra and one Ashok Chakra participated in this parade, which was led by the parade commander, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, AVSM, general officer in command of the Delhi area, and his second-in-command, General of division Alok Kacker, Delhi chief of staff. zone.
The 122 members of the Bangladeshi military personnel marched in two contingents, a marching contingent and a military band. The marching contingent was made up of personnel from three services and was headed by a flight lieutenant, a marine lieutenant, a major, and three lieutenant colonels. Speaking to TOI prior to the parade, Bangladesh Army Colonel Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury, who leads the military team to India, said: “It is a great honor for us to be part of the 72nd Republic Day of India parade. Most of the parade staff are from the Bangladeshi units that rose up during the 1971 Liberation War. In fact, we are very fortunate to be part of the parade of “our friend” India at a time when our country is celebrating the year 2020-21 as the centenary of the birth of our father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and also the 50th. year of independence of Bangladesh. We express our appreciation to all the Indian veterans who sacrificed their lives in the 1971 liberation war. ” This was the third India to have hosted a foreign contingent to take part in the parade after French troops in 2016 and UAE personnel in 2017.

Bangladeshi contingent, 2 female pilots, Rafale, Ladakh cadre debut in R-Day parade |  India News

Seventeen contingents from the armed forces, paramilitaries, Delhi police, NSG, NCC and NSS marching along with 15 military bands participated in the parade. The Indian army was represented by a mounted column of 61 cavalry, seven mechanized columns, and six marching contingents.
Major Manish Verma, who led the 172 Madras contingent of the Andamans for the first time, told TOI before the parade: “For the first time, any contingent from the islands (A&N) is participating in such a large event on the mainland and throughout therefore the boys 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 goal is to create a robust intelligence in the area. ” The contingent consisted of 96 troops, 2 JCOs and an officer, Major Verma said.
Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth, who became one of the first three female fighter pilots on May 22, 2019, was one of the star attractions of the parade. Kanth, who has become the first female fighter pilot to participate in the parade, saluted in front of President Ram Nath Kovind as her IAF painting was loaded with mockups of a light combat aircraft, a light combat helicopter and a Sukhoi fighter plane. missiles made in India passed through the VVIP compound.
The picture of the Indian Navy showed models of the Indian warship (INS) Vikrant and the naval operations that took place during the 1971 Indian-Pakistani war. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) displayed two charts, one showing the successful takeoff of the Tejas light fighter jet from the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier, and another showing the full complement of anti-tank guided missile systems.
A total of 28 pictures from different states and departments shot Rajpath. Among them was the Ladakh painting that made its debut at the parade. It represented the iconic Thikse monastery, the rich cultural heritage of the region, and Ladakh’s vision of being carbon neutral. The UP box showed a model of the upcoming Ram temple and the Department of Biotechnology box showed indigenous production of Covid vaccines highlighting India’s self-reliance in fighting the pandemic.
While the electronics and IT ministry chart was inspired by the theme ‘Digital India, Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat’, the labor ministry chart showed the segments that benefited the most from the ‘labor codes’. Other paintings that caught the attention of visitors were the Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat’s Mehsana District, the Tea Tribes of Assam, the Shore Temple and other monuments of the Pallava dynasty in Tamil Nadu, the Bhakti movement and the saints of Maharashtra. The schoolchildren presented four cultural elements.
The centerpiece of the parade was when the IAF displayed the country’s aerial prowess amid LAC’s clash with China. A total of 42 aircraft flew in different formations, but all eyes were on the Rafale fighter when it performed a “vertical charlie” at the end of the flypast. An old Dakota plane, whose squad had assisted Indian troops to ‘save’ Srinagar of Pakistani-backed tribal militants in 1947 and also played a key role in the Bangladesh liberation war, it also flew over Rajpath. Apart from two Rafales, Sukhoi-30, MiG-29, Apache and Chinook helicopters also attracted the attention of the visitors. Another IAF pilot, Flight Lieutenant Swati Rathore, was honored to be the first woman to be part of this year’s flypast when she flew a Mi-17 V5 helicopter in a formation of four helicopters.
Although the 90-minute parade concluded with the launch of balloons by the Indian Meteorological Department, Delhi police personnel, who have been on alert since Tuesday morning for parade preparations, began preparing for another “march” of the day, protesting farmers’ tractor rally, likely to last until Tuesday night.

Times of India

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