India is all set to celebrate its 75th Republic Day today (26 January) with unfurling of national flag by President Droupadi Murmu at the Kartavya Path.
The theme of this year's Republic Day is 'Viksit Bharat' and 'Bharat- Loktantra ki Matruka'.
The celebrations, inaugurated with a grand parade, will be held in the national capital, from Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's House), along the Kartavya Path, past India Gate, and onto the historic Red Fort.
This year, French President Emmanuel Macron will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.
The Republic Day 2024 parade will likely commence at 10.30 am from New Delhi's Vijay Chowk, following the route from Vijay Chowk to Kartavya Path.
The venue will accommodate around 77,000 people, with 42,000 reserved for the general public.
Numerous tableaus will showcase India's rich cultural history, culture, and tradition.
The cultural pageantry of the R-Day includes vibrant fold dance performances and patriotic songs.
This year's top attractions include a women's tri-service group parade, a French contingent to join the R-Day parade, six Indians to join the French military team in the Republic Day parade, AI to take space in the parade, ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 to be highlighted, Livemint reported.
The armed forces will display an array of home-grown weaponry and military equipment such as missiles, drone jammers, surveillance systems, vehicle-mounted mortars and BMP-II infantry combat vehicles at the parade.
For the first time, an all-women tri-services contingent will be part of the event.
Also, the parade will be heralded by over 100 women artistes playing Indian musical instruments such as Sankh, Naadswaram, and Nagada for the first time instead of the traditional military bands.
Around 15 women pilots will also enthral the audience during the Indian Air Force's fly-past, representing 'Nari Shakti'.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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