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New Delhi: With only one day to go until Republic Day 2021, during the annual parade, India is all set to demonstrate its military strength.
Grand parades, the presence of people from all walks of life, thousands of spectators and a truly positive atmosphere have always been identified with the Republic Day celebrations.
However, Republic Day this year will be somewhat different from previous years, as it will be celebrated for the first time in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The famous Republic Day Parade is also expected to see a string of improvements, not just participation and spectator entry at New Delhi’s Rajpath will be restricted for people.
This year, here’s what would be different:
Without a chief guest
In more than fifty years, this will be the first Republic Day parade without a chief guest.
Due to the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his visit.
Significant Improvements in the Parade of Republic Day 2021
The government agreed to downgrade the parade’s size. The Republic Day parade will be witnessed by just 25,000 spectators this year.
There were 150,000 spectators allowed last year. The parade route has also been shortened and it will only carry the contingents up to the National Stadium.
The parade was used earlier to march up to the Red Castle. The veteran marching contingent or tableaux will not be included this year and no children under the age of 15 will take part in the parade.
Focus on Social Distancing
Spectators will be watching and finding different new items.
Jawans are going to be seen wearing masks. For those coming to watch the festivities, social-distancing will be in place.
Debut for Rafale’s in Republic Day
The newly inducted Rafale fighter aircraft will feature in the Republic Day parade, according to the Indian Air Force, and will culminate in the flypast by carrying out the ‘Vertical Charlie’ formation.
There will be a total of 38 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft and four Indian Army aircraft involved in the flypast. The first female fighter pilot to be involved in the parade
The first woman fighter pilot to take part in the parade will be flight lieutenant Bhawana Kanth.The 28-year-old will be part of the tableau of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
UP Tableau to Ram Temple’s feature
The tableau of Uttar Pradesh will feature a replica of the currently under construction Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
The history, custom and art connected to the temple town will also be displayed.
Mega Tractor Rally by Farmers
Farmers from all over the country are marching to Delhi in order to participate in the expected rally. Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan tractors have entered the Tikri border as farmers have been sitting in protest for almost two months.
The tractor parade will remain peaceful and not impact the official Republic Day parade, farmers’ leaders have said.