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Republic Day 2022: On 73rd Republic Day Today, Many Firsts In Iconic Parade: 10 Points

Corona NewsRepublic Day 2022: On 73rd Republic Day Today, Many Firsts In Iconic Parade: 10 Points

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To mark the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the Ministry of Defence has planned a series of new events.

New Delhi:
India celebrates its 73rd Republic Day today with the annual parade at Delhi’s Rajpath showcasing its military prowess and cultural pageantry. A flypast by 75 aircraft and helicopters is the highlight of this year’s parade.

Here are the top 10 points on this big story:

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation this morning by tweeting, “Wishing you all a happy Republic Day. Jai Hind!”

  2. This year’s celebrations are significant because it is the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, being observed as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ across the country.

  3. The National Cadet Corps’ ‘Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman’ programme will be launched in this year’s celebration.

  4. Some 480 dancers selected through a nationwide dance competition will perform in the parade.

  5. Only double-vaccinated adults and single-dose vaccinated children of 15 and above will be allowed to attend the parade at Rajpath. Due to the pandemic, there will be no foreign contingent this year.

  6. The parade started at 10:30 am at Rajpath, half-an-hour later than usual for better visibility. Ahead of the event, PM Modi paid tribute to India’s fallen soldiers at the National War Memorial.

  7. The parade, led by Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, started after the tricolour was unfurled with a 21-gun salute. The winners of the country’s highest gallantry awards, Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra, led the contingents in saluting the President, the Supreme Commander of armed forces. 

  8. How Indian Army uniforms and rifles evolved over the decades since independence was on display at the parade. Three contingents of the Army wore uniforms and carried rifles from previous decades, and one wore the new combat uniform and carried the latest Tavor rifles.

  9. President Kovind posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award, to Assistant Sub Inspector Babu Ram, who was killed fighting terrorists in Kashmir. The officer’s wife received the award on his behalf. 

  10. The contingents of security forces were followed by tableux from states that showcased India’s cultural diversity, with themes ranging from the freedom struggle to biodiversity. Several government departments also took out tableux. 

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