India’s military might, cultural diversity and economic and social progress was on display at the Rajpath in Delhi on Tuesday as the country is celebrating its 72nd Republic Day. In view of the prevailing coronavirus pandemic in the country, only 25,000 spectators are present during the parade, which will end at the National Stadium instead of going up to the Red Fort. The distance for the march has been reduced by 50 per cent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the fallen soldiers by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial in the national capital. Union defence minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Indian Army chief Gen MM Naravane, Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Indian Air Force chief (IAF) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria were a part of the ceremony.
The major attraction of every R-Day celebration in India is the showcase of the country’s military capabilities. This year, the newly-acquired Rafale fighter jets would participate in the flypast for the first time ever, the defence ministry said on Monday adding that other major attractions would include the display of T-90 tanks, the Samvijay electronic warfare system, Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets.
There will be 32 tableaux – 17 from states and Union territories, six from the defence ministry and nine from other Union ministries and paramilitary forces will be a part of the parade