The Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath on Tuesday will see a number of changes including smaller marching contingents, shorter distance for the parade and fewer spectators compared to the previous years in view of the pandemic.
India will mark its 72nd Republic Day this year, and it will be the first major public event in since the Covid-19 outbreak.
This is also the second year in a row that the parade will be held under the shadow of protests. In 2020, the parade was held under raging protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Here’s what will be different this year:
- For the first time, Rafale fighter jets are on display.
- Some 122 soldiers of the Bangladesh Armed Forces will take part in the parade.
- The parade will see the participation of a woman fighter pilot. Flight lieutenant Bhawna Kanth will be a part of the IAF’s tableau.
- Ram Temple will feature among many tableaux that will be on display. The temple will be a part of Uttar Pradesh’s tableau.
- There will not be any chief guest at the parade this year since UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to cancel his visit to India in view of the worsening Covid-19 situation in the UK.
- A maximum of 25,000 spectators will be allowed to attend the parade, a massive cut from the previously allowed 1,50,000 people.
- The parade, unlike previous years, will go only till the National Stadium at the C-Hexagon of India Gate. Only the tableaux will go to the Red Fort.
- There will be no veteran’s parade by ex-servicemen and women, motorcycle stunts by the Army and CAPF personnel this year.
- Children below the age of 15 will not be permitted at the India Gate lawns.