New Delhi, January 26, 2022.
With a grand flypast by 75 aircraft and helicopters, India celebrated its 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday at Delhi’s refurbished Rajpath, showcasing its military prowess and cultural diversity in the iconic parade.
The theme of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ was distinct in the celebrations this year as India marks the 75th anniversary of Independence.
Strict Covid protocol was in place as only 5,000 people attended the celebrations. Only fully vaccinated adults and children above 15 who had received the first shot were allowed. This year, there will be no At Home function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The parade started at 10.30am, half-an-hour later than usual, for better visibility. Led by Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, the celebrations kickstarted with the unfurling of the tricolour and the customary 21-gun salute. President Ram Nath Kovind posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award, to Assistant Sub Inspector Babu Ram, who was killed fighting terrorists in Kashmir. The officer’s wife and son received the award on his behalf.
The contingents of security forces were followed by tableux from states that showcased India’s cultural diversity, with themes ranging from the freedom struggle to biodiversity.