This year, a drastic Change in the Republic Day Parade will be seen. Approximately 24,000 people will only be allowed to attend the Republic Day parade, due to the rapid increase of Covid-19 cases in Delhi. Whereas on Monday, according to official sources, “The Republic Day parade is unlikely to have a tableau from Delhi, without any advanced reason“. Despite these rumors, there is no official statement from the Delhi government on the matter.
The Government of India has decided to cut off the number of physically present people at the Parade. As per the official sources, the defense ministry was preparing to serve around 24,000 people till last week. But on Tuesday, one of the senior officials said that “the figure is likely to be trimmed down to 5,000 to 8,000 guests this year”. At the same time, Children below 15 will not be allowed to attend the Parade.
As per the Senior official statement on Tuesday, “Out of the approximately 24,000 people who will be attending the parade this year, 19,000 are invited, and the rest are the general public, who can purchase tickets”.
Due to the pandemic, last year around 25,000 people were allowed to attend the Parade at Rajpath. Before the Covid-19 crisis, around 1.25 lakh people were allowed in the 2020 parade. Considering the pandemic, this will be the second year in a row in which the Parade may not have any foreign dignitary as chief guest.
There will be no foreign dignitary as chief guest at the Parade. Previously India had served the leaders of five Central Asian nations — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan — to be chief guests. With the recent surge in Omicron variant of Covid-19 cases, India decided not to entertain the leaders. Last year, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar invited the leaders during the third meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue.
This Republic Day, “Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman” will be launched to honor the Supreme sacrifice of the Indian soldiers who had been heroin defending our Nation. The ‘Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman’ has been a part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
Around 5,000 soldiers’ families of fallen heroes will be honored with the Plaque of Gratitude to National Cadet Corp members all over the Nation. Prime Minister Modi pays homage to soldiers at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.
73rd Republic day
An officer said, “This year’s Republic Day falls in the 73rd year of India’s Independence is celebrated as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. You will see many firsts during the main Parade on Rajpath on January 26 as also during the “Beating Retreat” ceremony on January 29″.
“There will be no tableau from Delhi in the Republic Day Parade 2022. The reason is not known,” an official said. This year, the theme for the tableau was ‘Delhi-City of Hopes’. In 2020, there was no tableau of Delhi in the Republic Day parade.
The previous year, Delhi’s tableau had displayed its Chandini Chowk Redevelopment in the Parade on Rajpath. The Government participated and displayed the model to portray the amalgamation of the architectural heritage of the Walled City of Shah jahanabad with modern infrastructure.
A total of 21 of 56 proposals were shortlisted. These proposals had come from states and central ministries, and a similar selection process is adopted every year. The Centre rejected Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal proposals for the Republic Day tableaux last week.
Strict protocols will be followed at the Parade to prevent Covid-19 transmission. It will be mandatory to wear a mask. The attendees will have to go through thermal checks, and they will have to show their double-vaccination certificates before entering. If the attendee has an even mild temperature, then he/she won’t be allowed to be a part of the Republic Day Celebration. Only those individuals are allowed who are asymptomatic.
Published by- Aashay Bhujbal
Edited by- Subbuthai Padma