Let us tell you that under its ‘Make in India’ initiative, the government has decided that instead of the old 25 pounder guns on Republic Day this year, the national flag will be given a 21-gun salute with the new 105 mm Indin field guns.
India, which is celebrating the nectar of freedom, has moved forward in the campaign to eradicate every sign of slavery. This time on Republic Day, the country is going to do something new and big. Many histories will be created when the tableaux will be taken out on the Rajpath which has now been converted into the Duty Path. This time the world will get to see that glimpse of India’s self-reliance in the defense sector, which earlier governments could not even imagine. All the equipment displayed by the army in the 74th Republic Day parade is made in India. That is, when you will see the tableaux of the army, more than one weapon and weapon systems displayed will be made in India only. Also, this time on Republic Day, the national flag will not be saluted by British cannons but for the first time by Indian cannons. Apart from this, the history that the Air Force will create in the sky is different.
Let us tell you that under its ‘Make in India’ initiative, the government has decided that instead of the old 25 pounder guns on Republic Day this year, the national flag will be given a 21-gun salute with the new 105 mm Indin field guns. Giving information about this, Chief of Staff of Delhi area Major General Bhavnish Kumar has said that we are going towards indigenization and the time is not far when all the equipment will be indigenous. All the equipment being displayed is made in India including Akash weapon system and helicopters, Rudra and ALH Dhruv.
Let us tell you that seven cannons of the 2281 Field Regiment, built in the beginning of 1940, used to fire shells to salute the Republic Day parade held on the Rajpath (now the Duty Path). They were built in Britain and took part in World War II. The 105 Indian Field Gun was designed in the year 1972 and manufactured at the Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur and Field Gun Factory Kanpur and has been in service since the year 1984.
On the other hand, talking about the tableaux to be seen this time on the duty path, let us tell you that in the parade this time on the reconstructed duty path of the national capital, where the audience will get to see the tableau of Deepotsav of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, the tableau of Haryana The ‘Viraat Swaroop’ of Lord Krishna will be depicted. Not only this, a glimpse of the famous Deoghar temple of Jharkhand and the ‘Amarnath cave’ of Jammu and Kashmir will be seen this time in the historic Republic Day parade. Jammu and Kashmir has featured the cave shrine of Amarnath in its tableau with the theme ‘New Jammu and Kashmir’, showcasing the resurgence in tourism over the past few years.
Colorful tableaux from Assam, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gujarat, West Bengal and many other states and union territories will enthrall the spectators during the Republic Day parade on the reconstructed Duty Path of the national capital. The theme adopted this year by various states is largely cultural heritage and ‘women power’ among other themes. Let us tell you that a total of 23 tableaux depicting India’s vibrant cultural heritage, economic and social progress will be part of the formal parade on January 26. Out of these tableaux, 17 will be from different states and union territories and six will be from different ministries and departments. The Uttar Pradesh tableau depicts Lord Rama and Goddess Sita being welcomed by the people of Ayodhya on their return from exile. Ayodhya Deepotsav is the main theme of Uttar Pradesh. The side panels of the Uttar Pradesh tableau depict Ram ki Paidi on the banks of the Sarayu river in Ayodhya and a large ‘Deepotsav Dwar’ has been erected. It also has an idol of Maharishi Vashishtha.
Haryana has chosen Bhagavad Gita as its inspiration for the Republic Day tableau, which features a giant model of a chariot drawn by four horses. The tableau depicts Lord Krishna serving as Arjuna’s charioteer and preaching to him on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. The front part of the tableau depicts Lord Krishna in his ‘Viraat Swaroop’ form.
The sacred image of Goddess Durga is reflected in the tableau of West Bengal. The tableau of West Bengal depicts the Durga Puja of Kolkata and celebrates its inclusion in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Assam’s tableau proudly depicts the legendary Ahom general Lachit Borphukan and its cultural sites including the famous Kamakhya Temple.
The Ministry of Home Affairs will display two tableaux, one each from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). For the first time, the tableau of NCB has been included in the Republic Day parade, through which the universal message of staying away from drugs will be given. Apart from this, one tableau each of Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Ministry of Culture will attract the audience on the duty path. The tableau of the Central Public Works Department, which comes under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, will also be seen on the duty path. There will be no tableau of the Ministry of Railways in this year’s parade. Let us tell you that after the name of Rajpath was changed to ‘Kartavya Path’ last year, this will be the first Republic Day celebration organized in this historic path. Let us also tell you that the workers and their families engaged in the Central Vista project have been invited as the guests of the Prime Minister at the Republic Day parade this time.
Meanwhile, tight security arrangements have been made for the Republic Day in Delhi. Police and other security forces are keeping a tight vigil at every nook and corner in the capital. Besides, operation of sub-conventional aerial platforms including drones, paragliders, microlight aircraft and hot air balloons have been banned in the national capital in view of Republic Day. At the same time, impenetrable security arrangements have been made near the Red Fort and continuous monitoring is being done round the clock.
-Neeraj Kumar Dubey