July 23, 2024
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Mega Republic Day Parade At Kartavya Path

India commemorated its 74th Republic Day today at the renovated Kartavya Path in the nation’s capital, showcasing both its military power and the best of its cultural variety. The annual parade featured marching contingents of the Indian Armed Forces as well as tableaus representing 17 states and Union Territories, ministries, and departments.

From the Kartavya Path, President Droupadi Murmu signalled the start of the march to celebrate Republic Day, which was attended by Chief Guest Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The military might and cultural variety of the nation will be represented in the grand parade. Earlier, PM Modi visited the National War Memorial to pay respects, joined by Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, and the heads of the three services.

A detachment of the Egyptian Armed Forces, made up of 144 soldiers who represented the army’s various branches, marched at the beginning of the parade.One of the highlights this year is the Central Reserve Police Force’s all-female presence. Women were included in a number of other marching contingents, including those of the Navy. Three women and six Agniveers—soldiers in the first batch of the new armed services recruitment scheme—made up the Naval contingent, which was led by a female officer.

There were no Russian tanks this time, in keeping with the slogan of Atmanirbharta (self-reliance) for the weaponry systems on exhibit. On exhibit were the Indian-made Arjun and other equipment, such as the Akash missile system.

Greeting people on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is special this time as it is being celebrated during the “Amrit Mahotsav” of the country’s independence. “I wish that we move forward unitedly to fulfill the dreams of the country’s great freedom fighters. Happy Republic Day to all fellow Indians!”

Invitations were distributed this year to those involved in building the Central Vista, the Kartavya Path, the New Parliament Building, as well as milk, vegetable, and street sellers who were given a prominent space in the galleries.

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