Today marks the first time that Delhi’s Kartavya Path, a newly renovated ceremonial boulevard from the British era formerly known as the Rajpath, would be used for the 74th Republic Day parade. This year’s Chief Guest is Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the president of Egypt.
At the National War Memorial, PM Modi paid respects alongside Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, and the heads of the three services. From Kartavya Path, President Droupadi Murmu will soon lead the country in celebrating Republic Day. The great parade, which will start at 10.30 am, will showcase both the military prowess and cultural diversity of the nation.
There have been extensive security preparations made for the programme, including the deployment of 6,000 soldiers. There will be about 150 CCTV cameras, some of which are high-resolution, monitoring the Kartavya Path.
For the first time ever, the Egyptian Armed Forces will participate in the parade with both a marching troop and a band. 144 troops from the main branches of the Egyptian Armed Forces will make up the contingent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed everyone and noted that the event was unique this year because it fell on the “Amrit Mahotsav” celebrating the nation’s independence. “I hope we advance collectively to realise the aspirations of the nation’s heroic freedom fighters. Greetings on Republic Day, fellow Indians!”
There will be tableaux representing the birth of a “New India” through expanding indigenous capabilities, cultural heritage, economic and social advancement, and women’s strength, as well as six from various ministries and departments. These tableaux will come from 17 states and Union Territories.
479 artists selected in the national “Vande Bharatam” dance competition will deliver cultural performances. The dancers were chosen in a nationwide competition for the second time.
The Dare Devils squad of the Corps of Signals will perform its motorbike display, which is always a crowd favourite. The procession will also feature eleven kids who were awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for excellent performance in the categories of bravery, art and culture, sports, innovation, and social service.
The anticipated flypast, which will feature participating aircraft from three forces, will serve as the event’s grand finale. The final Vertical Charlie manoeuvre will be carried out by the nation’s brand-new Rafale fighter aircraft. Rafale had participated in the parade the previous two years, but this will be the first time nine aircraft, or a fourth of the fleet, would take part in the flypast.
This year, invitations have been made to those who were involved in building the Central Vista, the Kartavya Path, the New Parliament Building, as well as milk, vegetable, and street sellers who will be given a prominent space in the galleries.
The annual “Beating the Retreat” ritual will take place on January 29 to cap up the Republic Day celebrations, which began with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary on January 23. Over the Raisina hills, the performance will feature the largest drone display in the nation, featuring 3,500 domestic drones.