Woman Power To Lead The Way On India's 70th Republic Day
On India’s 70th Republic Day today, with full zeal. It will be the last big public event before the national election due in four months. The parade will begin with the laying of a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Chief guest of this year is South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. PM Modi had invited the South African President after the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina last year.
The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary will also be celebrated this year. Mahatma Gandhi had a special connection with South Africa. The Railways, after a gap of three years, will be showcasing its tableau that will describe the "transformation of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi".
Narendra Modi tweeted: At Amar Jawan Jyoti, a grateful nation pays homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their own lives for the nation.
At Amar Jawan Jyoti, a grateful nation pays homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their own lives for the nation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 26, 2019
We salute their courage and patriotism. pic.twitter.com/FMGSwrhGKo
Woman power was on dazzling display at the parade, with an all-women Assam Rifles contingent in the lead and a woman officer being part of the team performing bike stunts. Contingents of the Navy, Army Services Corps and a unit of Corps of Signals were led by women officers.
Four Indian National Army (INA) veterans, all aged over 90 years, are participating in the parade for the first time. The other highlights include the artillery gun system M777 American Ultra-Light Howitzers, the Main Battle Tank (MBT) T-90 and the Made-in-India Akash Weapon System.
Twenty-two tableaux of states and central government departments, and performances by school children will be part of the 90-minute parade. From modern to traditional, the themes will be an eclectic mix of folk dances, music and drama.
The Assam Rifles contingent will also display 'Nari Shakti', besides a lone woman officer exhibiting bike stunts on Rajpath as part of the iconic daredevil team. Contingents of the Navy, Army Services Corps and a unit of Corps of Signals will all be led by women officers.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted, "70 & Growing Strong: As India celebrates its 70th #RepublicDay, let us cherish the memory of the day when we became the Independent Republic, and look ahead with aspiration & zeal towards building a New India."
70 & Growing Strong: As India celebrates its 70th #RepublicDay, let us cherish the memory of the day when we became an Independent Republic, and look ahead with aspiration & zeal towards building a New India.— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) January 26, 2019
Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/n9nn9hdrD7
Union Ministers Maneka Gandhi, Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar and J P Nadda and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter to extend their greetings.
The city has been under a security blanket since the arrest of two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists on Thursday - 25,000 policemen have been deployed.