Ahead of this year’s Republic Day celebrations, the Indian Army has decided to showcase only Made in India weapon systems in the parade. As per reports, the indigenously made weapon systems will include, MBT Arjun, Nag anti-tank guided missiles, K-9 Vajra howitzers, Akash air defense missiles, BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, the Quick Reaction Fighting Vehicles.
These Made in India weapon systems were showcased at the India Gate ahead of Republic Day during the practice.
Moreover, colorful tableaux from Assam, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gujarat, West Bengal, and some other states and Union Territories will roll down the Kartavya Path, with ‘Nari Shakti’ being the theme for the majority of the floats.
A total of 23 tableaux — 17 from states and Union territories, and six from various ministries and departments – showing India’s vibrant cultural heritage, and economic and social progress are going to be part of the ceremonial parade, Defence Ministry officials said.
The Republic Day parade will take place in the revamped Central Vista Avenue on January 26.
In case you don’t know, many new events have been planned as part of the Republic Day celebrations this year.
These include Military Tattoo and Tribal dance festival; Veer Gatha 2.0; the second edition of Vande Bharatam dance competition; performances of Military and Coast Guard bands at the National War Memorial; an All-India School Band Competition at the NWM; a Drone Show and projection mapping during Beating the Retreat ceremony.
Special invitations have been sent to common people from all walks of society such as Shramyogis involved in the construction of Central Vista, Kartvya Path, New Parliament Building, milk, vegetable vendors, and street vendors, among others. These special invitees will be prominently seated at Kartvya Path.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations. This is the first time that the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt has been invited as the chief guest.