Last Updated: 25th January, 2020
71st Republic Day 2020: Happy Republic Day! India will commend its 71st Republic Day 2020, on Sunday, that is January 26, today. Every year on January 26, the Indian Republic observes Republic Day with extraordinary intensity and energy. Each January 26 in New Delhi, the President’s Bodyguard, a 200-in number mounted force unit – hung in fine red coats, brilliant bands and dazzling turbans – escort the president to the stage at the Republic Day march and give the request for the national anthem of praise to start.
President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of the 71st Republic Day 2020. The address was broadcast across the entire national network of All India Radio and was telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi which will be followed by the English version.
The President precisely mentioned about our “Justice, Freedom, Equality…” values/mottoes from the constitution. Realistically, do they exist? ~ Food for thought…
In his address last year, the President had said, “The values that shaped Indian independence and that continue to shape our Republic – the values inculcated in our democracy and our Constitution – are also the values that uphold the supremacy of the people of India.”
Gone to by world pioneers and transmitted the country over of 1.25 billion, the Republic Day march in New Delhi exhibits India’s military may and is the chief state occasion of the year. To observe India’s astounding story, the 71st Republic Day festivities will see a few ‘firsts‘.
Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro has been given the honor of Head of State or Government of a foreign country.
Here’s all that you have to think about India’s 71st Republic Day 2020:
- India will celebrate its 71st Republic Day, a day when it adopted the Constitution and became republic, on Sunday. The Republic Day parade will begin at 9 am and is likely to continue till 11:30 am tomorrow. Before the parade, the Prime Minister would lay a floral wreath at the National War Mmeorial and the president would unfurl the National flag as the National Anthem would be played with a booming 21-gun salute. The awards – Ashoka Chakra and Kirti Chakra – will be awarded by the President of India for gallantry displayed away from the battlefield. India’s rising military might, rich cultural diversity and socio-economic progress will also be on full display during the 71st Republic Day celebrations at the Rajpath.
- Twenty-two tableaux – 16 from States and Union Territories and six from various ministries and departments – depicting the nation’s rich cultural heritage and economic progress will also roll down the Rajpath.
- Sixteen tableaux from various states and union territories will depict the geographical and rich cultural diversity of the country.
- Various far-reaching reforms of the government including “Start-up India“, and “Jal Jeevan Mission” will be showcased in six tableaux from different ministries and departments.
- The infamous Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, that occurred on Baisakhi day in 1919, will be the topic of the official Tableau of Punjab for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on January 26. It will be the third time in succession that Punjab’s’ Tableau will show up amid the Republic Day Parade.
- The 71st Republic Day march will be an astonishing presentation of ‘Nari Shakti‘, driven by the Assam Rifles Contingent, other than a solitary lady officer showing motorbike stunts on Rajpath as a major aspect of the notable adrenaline undaunted group. Contingents of the Navy, Army Services Corps and a unit of the Corps of Signals will all be driven by lady officers.
- Anti-satellite weapon Shakthi, Army’s battle tank Bhishma, infantry combat vehicles and newly inducted Chinook and Apache helicopters of the Indian Air Force will be part of the grand military parade.
- Major General Alok Kacker, Chief of Staff of Delhi Area, will be the second-in-command.
- The first contingent in the uniform of the erstwhile Gwalior Lancers will be 61 Cavalry. The 61 Cavalry is the only active serving horse cavalry regiment in the world. It was raised on August 1, 1953 with the amalgamation of six state forces’ cavalry units.
- The Indian Army will be represented by a mounted column of 61 Cavalry, eight mechanised columns, six marching contingents and fly-past by Rudra and Dhruv Advanced Light helicopters of the army aviation wing.
- Indigenously-developed Main Battle Tank of the Indian Army, T-90 Bhishma tank, infantry combat vehicle Ballway Machine Pikate, K-9 Vajra and Dhanush guns, transportable satellite terminal and Akash weapon system will be the main attraction in the mechanised columns.
- The other marching contingents of the Army will include the Parachute regiment, the Grenadiers regiment, the Sikh Light Infantry regiment, the Kumaon regiment and the Corps of Signals.
- The Naval contingent will comprise of 144 young sailors led by Lieutenant Jitin Malkat. It will be followed by the Naval Tableau titled “Indian Navy – Silent, Strong, and Swift“.
- The Air Force contingent, comprising of 144 air warriors, will be led by Flight Lt Shrikant Sharma. The Air Force tableau showcases scaled down models of the Rafale aircraft, the Tejas aircraft, the Light Combat helicopter, the Akash missiles system and the Astra missiles.
- One of the main highlights will be the marching contingent of DRDO that will showcase Anti-Satellite Weapons (ASAT) – Mission Shakti, India’s first Anti-Satellite mission, was a major breakthrough in demonstrating the nation’s capability to bring down hostile satellites.
- For the first time, a contingent of women bikers of CRPF will perform daredevil stunts. The contingent will be led by Inspector Seema Nag who will be seen saluting while standing atop a moving motorcycle.
- The grand finale and the most keenly awaited segment of the parade, the Fly Past will comprise of the “Trishul” formation by three advanced light helicopters.
- It is for the first time that a “tri-service formation” is taking part in the Republic Day Parade. It will be followed by the “Vic” formation of Chinook helicopters, used for airlifting diverse loads to remote locations.
- Apache helicopters, Dornier aircraft, C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, an Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft and the “Globe” formation comprising three C-17 Globemasters are also expected to enthral the people.
- Five Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft and five MiG-29 upgrade air superiority fighters in “Arrowhead” formation will also display their aerial manoeuvre.
- The parade will culminate with a fleet of Sukhoi-30 MKI jets splitting the sky with a breathtaking “Vertical Charlie” aerobatic manoeuvre.
All in all, ‘Whatever will be will be….’be it on the occasion of the Indian Republic Day 2020, we all look forward for peace and brotherhood with everybody across the globe!