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74th Republic Day 2023: First R-Day parade at Kartavya Path, PM Modi greets fellow Indians

Today, the whole country watches the Republic Day parade very eagerly, because on this date in 1950, India became a sovereign republic. This parade is considered a major attraction of the Republic Day celebrations.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Today, the whole country watches the Republic Day parade very eagerly, because on this date in 1950, India became a sovereign republic. This parade is considered a major attraction of the Republic Day celebrations. The 74th Republic Day parade in Delhi will roll down Kartavya Path, the revamped ceremonial boulevard from the British period once known as the Rajpath, for the first time today. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is the Chief Guest this year.

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Along with them, a 120-member Egyptian contingent is also participating in the marching parade. This time 23 tableaux depicting India’s vibrant cultural and historical heritage, economic and social progress are participating in the parade. In this parade, only Made in India i.e. indigenous weapons will be displayed. A 21-gun salute will be given from the 105 mm Indian field gun made in India. Newly recruited Agniveer will also be a part of the parade.

Security has been beefed up in the national capital ahead of the 74th Republic Day celebrations today. According to the Delhi Police, around 65,000 people will witness the parade on January 26 and about 6,000 jawans have been deployed, which includes the paramilitary forces, and NSG apart from Delhi Police. The Kartavya Path will be monitored with the help of around 150 CCTV cameras.

PM Modi greets fellow Indians on 74th Republic Day

Unity, harmony, equality and sovereignty are the pillars of our constitution and the soul of our republic – Rahul Gandhi

UP CM Yogi Adityanath congratulated
CM Yogi said, “Hearty congratulations and best wishes to all the residents of the state on the 74th Republic Day! Our republic is the nurturer of the best democratic values ​​and ideals. Come, on today’s great occasion, let us express our gratitude to our immortal freedom fighters and fulfill their dreams.” Be determined to make an India of Jai Hind!

Cultural performances will be presented by 479 artistes chosen through the nationwide “Vande Bharatam” dance competition. This is the second time that the dancers have been selected through a nationwide competition.

The grand finale will be the eagerly-awaited flypast, where aircraft from three forces will participate. The country’s new Rafale fighter aircraft will perform the concluding Vertical Charlie manoeuvre. Though Rafale had been part of the parade in the last two years, this is the first time a quarter of the fleet – nine aircraft – will participate in the flypast.

Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated Republic Day
Amit Shah said, “Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the 74th Republic Day. Today I salute all those freedom fighters, constitution makers and brave soldiers, who have dedicated their lives to liberate, strengthen and protect the country.”

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The Republic Day celebrations, which started with the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on January 23, will end with the traditional “Beating the Retreat” ceremony on January 29. The country’s biggest drone show, comprising 3,500 indigenous drones, will light up the sky over the Raisina hills during the performance.

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