India celebrates its 71st Republic Day.
Today on January 26, 2020 India celebrates 71 years of making of Indian Constitution. Three years after our Independence, Indian Constitution came into effect on January 26, 1950. Formally this day is popularly known as Republic Day across India.
Republic Day is different from Independence Day as today President hoists the National flag instead of Prime Minister. The special part of this day is the parade on the Rajpath, New Delhi. The Republic Day parade is the main event and centre of attraction.
The parade consists of tableaux from different states showing India’s diversity and culture. The Airforce, the Navy and the Indian Army also showcase their talent with amazing stunts and march past.
21 Gun-salute to President.
As per the tradition President Ram Nath Kovind receives a 21 Gun-salute at the Republic Day parade after he hoists the National flag.
2233 Field Battery under the command of Lieutenant Colonel C Sandeep presented the grand salute to the President. The firing of the canon ia military honour.
Tableaux at today’s parade.
Today 22 tableaux take part in the Republic Day parade, 16 out of which are from various states and UTs. Other six represent the ministries, departments and NDRF (National Disaster Resume Force).
Jammu and Kashmir, which is participating for the first time as a Union Territory has ‘back to village’ theme for their tableaux. Their tableaux depicts the cultural heritage and rich sartorial of J&K.
Punjab’s tableaux showcase the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in the parade.
In 2019 ‘The Walled City of Jaipur’ accorded the World Heritage tag by UNESCO is the theme for Rajasthan. Their tableaux depicts architectural grandeur of the Pink City as well as the state’s vibrant culture.
‘Rani Ki Vav’ Gujarat’s architectural wonder is the centre of attraction of their tableaux. The artists showcase the state’s folk culture and dance.
Goa’s tableaux shows ‘save the frog’ campaign. Other states that are representing their tableaux are Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
The Air Show.
One of the most spectacular parts of the parade is the air show. Today the helicopters and fighting jets which are a new addition to the army are performing.
‘Rudra and Dhruv’, the advanced light helicopters perform a fly-past in a diamond formation. The first formation of Mi- 17 V5 choppers was showcased. It flew in an inverted Y formation carrying the national ensign and the three services ensign.
Chinook and Apache helicopters mark their debut in today’s Republic Day parade. They are a heavylift helicopter recently included in the Indian Air Force.
The Chinook is a heavy lifting helicopter that can airlift heavy loads to remote locations. It enhances the military’s lift capacity across wide range.
Whereas the Apache is a versatile helicopter. It is capable of firing air to air and air to ground missiles which can create havoc on the adversary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on Republic Day pays tribute to the fallen soldiers at the newly built National War Memorial.
This memorial is built in the memory of soldiers killed in many wars. This iconic memorial is in India Gate complex behind the canopy. Prime Minister Modi for the first time pays homage at this Memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti beneath the India Gate.