Last Updated: Jan 26, 2024
The nation is celebrating the 75th Republic Day today. President Droupadi Murmu will lead the nation in celebrating Republic Day from Kartavya Path in New Delhi in the morning. French President Emmanuel Macron will be the Chief Guest at the parade which is set to showcase India’s rich cultural diversity, unity and progress, its military prowess, and growing Nari Shakti. The Republic Day parade will commence at 10:30 AM and run for around 90 minutes. The ceremony will start with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the National War Memorial, where he will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath. The Prime Minister and other dignitaries will then head to the saluting dais at Kartavya Path to witness the parade.
Based on the twin themes of ‘Viksit Bharat’ and ‘Bharat – Loktantra ki Matruka’, this year’s parade will witness the participation of around 13 thousand Special Guests. This initiative will provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to take part in the celebrations and encourage Jan Bhagidari in this national festival.
For the first time, the parade will be heralded by over 100 women artists playing Indian musical instruments. It will commence with the music of Sankh, Naadswaram, and Nagada, to be played by these women artists. It will also witness the maiden participation of an all-women Tri-Service contingent marching down the Kartavya Path. Women pilots will also enthrall the audience during the Fly-past, representing Nari Shakti. The contingents of the Central Armed Police Forces will also consist of only women personnel. Kartavya Path will be witness to a march past by a combined Band and Marching contingent of the French Armed Forces. One Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft and two Rafale fighter jets of the French Air and Space Force will fly above the contingents while they march past the saluting dais. Tank T-90 Bhishma, NAG Missile System, Infantry Combat Vehicle, All-Terrain Vehicle, Pinaka, Weapon Locating Radar System ‘Swathi’, Sarvatra Mobile Bridging System, Drone Jammer System, and Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile System among others will be the main attractions. Tableaux of 16 States and Union Territories will roll down the Kartavya Path, showcasing India’s rich cultural diversity and creativity.