26th January, 1950 marks one of the most consequential days in our nations history. We all know that this is the day when our constitution came into force replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of our country.
However, the main feature on this day is always the Republic day parade which is both entertaining and a matter of pride for us all. Like every year, you can catch the parade live on Doordarshan from 9 AM onwards commencing with the flag hoisting ceremony.
Every year, a lot of thought goes in choosing the Chief guest for the Republic day event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi got off to a flying start by inviting former US president Barack Obama for his first Republic Day as Prime Minister of India. This year it is UAE’s crown prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy commissioner of its armed forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Every year, the parade is led by the three divisions of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force) who showcase their military strength which is the essence of the parade apart from cultural displays. With the full dress rehearsals of the 68th Republic Day parade completing yesterday, here’s what you need to look out for in THIS years parade:
- Punjab tableau to feature in the Parade after 5 years exhibiting the Punjab’s festive dance ‘Jago’.
- Debut of India’s elite count-terror force, the National Security Guard (NSG) popularly known as the black cat commandos (Highlight of the show)
- Debut of India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft
- Showcase of Indigenously built Kolkata class destroyer and soon to be commissioned Kalvari class next generation attack submarine
- Featuring 21 children who have won the national bravery award
- Featuring marching contingent from UAE
- Dramatic air show by the India Air Force for the grand finale
Eagerly looking forward to witnessing India’s military prowess! Jai Hind!