75th Republic Day Parade Puts Women at the Forefront with ‘Viksit Bharat’ and ‘Bharat – Loktantra ki Matruka’ Themes

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Dazzling in diversity, the 75th Republic Day Parade at Kartavya Path takes a transformative turn, spotlighting women empowerment with captivating themes. A historic celebration awaits on January 26, 2024.

New Delhi, January 20, 2024 – In a groundbreaking move, the 75th Republic Day Parade at Kartavya Path on January 26, 2024, will be a celebration of women empowerment, with the themes of ‘Viksit Bharat’ and ‘Bharat – Loktantra ki Matruka’ taking center stage. Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane announced this shift towards a women-centric parade during a press conference in New Delhi on January 19, 2024.

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Emphasizing Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s belief that “India is truly a mother of democracy,” Shri Aramane revealed that women marching contingents will dominate the parade, showcasing the rich cultural diversity, unity, and progress of the nation. The tableau presentations from 16 States/Union Territories and nine Central Ministries/Organizations will further accentuate these themes.

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In a historic first, the parade will be initiated by 100 women artists playing traditional Indian musical instruments, setting the stage with the enchanting melodies of Sankh, Naadswaram, Nagada, and more. The spectacle will include an all-women Tri-Service contingent marching down Kartavya Path, along with the participation of women personnel in the CAPF contingents, making it a remarkable display of female representation.

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The parade, scheduled to commence at 1030 hrs and run for approximately 90 minutes, will boast a seating capacity of 77,000 at Kartavya Path, with 42,000 reserved for the general public.

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The Chief Guest for the occasion will be none other than French President Mr Emmanuel Macron. A 95-member marching contingent and a 33-member band contingent from France will join their Indian counterparts in the display of camaraderie. The Fly-past will feature aircraft from both the Indian Air Force and the French Air Force, including one Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft and two Rafale aircraft.

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In a move to ensure widespread participation, around 13,000 Special Guests from across India have been invited to witness the grand spectacle. Shri Aramane stated that this initiative aligns with the Government’s vision of Jan Bhagidari, allowing people from all walks of life to partake in the national festival. These guests, as mentioned by the Prime Minister, are regarded as the pride of the country, embodying the spirit of unity and diversity. The Republic Day Parade at Kartavya Path promises to be a historic event, symbolizing progress, inclusivity, and the strength of the nation.

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