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India Celebrates 75th Republic Day with Grandeur and International Flavor


India is abuzz with patriotic fervor as the nation commemorates its 75th Republic Day on 26th January, 2024, marking the historic occasion when the Constitution came into effect on January 26, 1950. The day is synonymous with spectacular displays of military prowess and cultural heritage, with celebrations unfolding across the country. This day holds immense significance in Indian history as it signifies the culmination of a long struggle for independence from British colonial rule and the establishment of a democratic system of governance.

Key reasons why Republic Day is celebrated in India:

1. Adoption of the Constitution: Republic Day marks the official adoption of the Constitution of India, which replaced the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India. The Constitution enshrines the principles of justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity, laying the foundation for a democratic and secular nation.

2. Sovereignty and Self-Governance: With the enforcement of the Constitution, India became a sovereign nation, free from colonial rule and external domination. Republic Day symbolizes the country’s ability to govern itself and make decisions independently, without any external interference.

3. Democratic Values: Republic Day celebrates the democratic principles on which the Indian republic is based. It emphasizes the importance of democracy, where power is vested in the hands of the people through elected representatives, and fundamental rights are guaranteed to all citizens.

Overall, Republic Day holds profound significance as a day of remembrance, reflection, and celebration of India’s journey as a sovereign, democratic republic. It serves as a reaffirmation of the country’s commitment to upholding the values of freedom, equality, and justice for all its citizens.

This year’s celebrations carry special significance as they mark three-quarters of a century since the adoption of the Indian Constitution, signifying the country’s steadfast commitment to democracy, pluralism, and progress. The epicenter of the festivities remains New Delhi, where the Republic Day Parade, a majestic spectacle of military might and cultural diversity, unfolds along the iconic Rajpath. This year’s parade, themed around “Viksit Bharat” and “Bharat – Loktantra ki Matruka,” celebrates India’s journey as a thriving democracy and a beacon of progress.

French President Emmanuel Macron will grace the occasion as the chief guest, symbolizing the deepening ties between India and France. His presence underscores the strategic partnership between the two nations, with France also participating actively in the parade. During his 40-hour state visit Macron will also meet business leaders from pharmaceutical, auto, space, energy and hydrogen industries.

One of the most remarkable highlights of this year’s celebrations is the inclusion of an all-women tri-services group in the parade for the first time. Led by Major General Sumit Mehta, this historic contingent comprises women troops from the Army’s military police and personnel from the other two services, showcasing the growing role of women in the armed forces. Squadron Leader Sumita Yadav, who participated in the French Bastille Day parade last year, expresses her pride in representing India alongside the French President on this momentous occasion, highlighting the significance of international cooperation and camaraderie.

The French contingent, led by Captain Noel Louis, adds an international flavor to the parade, with a 95-member marching contingent, a 33-member band contingent, and impressive aircraft including two Rafale fighters and an Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft participating in the celebrations. Six Indian individuals, including CCH Sujan Pathak, CPL Dipak Arya, CPL Parbin Tandan, Gurvachan Singh, Aniket Ghartimagar, and Vikas Djeassegar, join the French military team, further strengthening the bonds between the two nations.

The cultural extravaganza continues with the Culture Ministry’s showcase of sarees from various Indian states and union territories in the ‘Anant Sutra’ exhibition. Around 1,900 sarees creatively mounted on wooden frames along the Kartavya Path pay homage to India’s rich textile heritage, allowing attendees to scan QR codes and learn about the weaving and embroidery techniques employed.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s tableau highlighting the role of artificial intelligence underscores India’s strides in technological innovation, while ISRO’s tableau showcasing the achievements of the Chandrayaan-3 mission celebrates the nation’s prowess in space exploration.

The fly past, featuring French aircraft alongside Indian counterparts, adds a spectacular touch to the celebrations, with 51 planes including fighters, helicopters, and transport aircraft from the Indian Air Force, notably featuring 15 women aviators.

Approximately 13,000 special guests, including top performers in various fields and beneficiaries of government schemes, have been invited to witness the parade, emphasizing the government’s vision of inclusivity and participatory governance. As India marks its 75th Republic Day, it reaffirms its commitment to the values of democracy, liberty, and equality, while celebrating its rich heritage and aspirations for the future. The festivities serve as a testament to the nation’s resilience, unity, and progress on the global stage.