23 tableaux to roll down revamped Kartavya Path this Republic Day, most states focus on ‘nari shakti’ | India News

NEW DELHI: A total of 23 tableaux — 17 from states and Union territories like Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Assam, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gujarat and West Bengal, besides six from various ministries and departments — will roll down the revamped Kartavya Path this Republic Day on January 26. This will be the first Republic Day celebrations at the ceremonial boulevard after Rajpath was renamed to ‘Kartavya Path’ last year.
This time Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will debut with its tableau to send a universal message of saying no to drugs during the Republic Day parade, even as women empowerment is the theme for majority of the floats. The NCB tableau will be accompanied by its personnel and two members of its canine squad.
Defence ministry officials said on Sunday the NCB tableau will be among the two ministry of home affairs tableaux — another by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Among other Union ministries and central government agencies, one each will be exhibited by the ministry of agriculture, ministry of tribal affairs, ministry of culture and the Central Public Works Department that falls under the ministry of housing and urban Affairs, a senior official told the media here.
“Twenty-three tableaux … depicting the nation’s rich cultural heritage, economic progress and strong internal and external security will roll down the Kartavya Path during the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2023,” the ministry of defence stated.
“Besides, there will be floats by the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force, and a vehicle will be displayed by the DRDO,” the official said.
As per a release, Arunachal Pradesh, Dadar Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are among the 17 states/UTs, which will showcase their tableaux during the parade.
A preview of many of the tableaux, some of which are still being constructed or given finishing touches, was held at the Rashtriya Rangshala Camp in the city. A full dress rehearsal for the parade will be held on Monday.
The theme adopted this year by various states is largely “nari shakti“, besides cultural heritage and others, the official said.
The West Bengal tableau depicts Durga Puja in Kolkata and celebrates its inscription on the Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. In 2021, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 16th session that took place virtually from December 13 to 18 that year, according to Unesco.
Assam’s tableau showcases the legendary Ahom general, Lachit Borphukan, and the state’s cultural landmarks including the famous Kamakhya Temple.
The central government last year had celebrated the 400th birth anniversary of Ahom general. Borphukan was a commander in the erstwhile Ahom kingdom and is known for his leadership in the 1671 battle of Saraighat that thwarted an attempt by Mughal forces to capture Assam.
Deputy director general of NCB, Monika Batra, said their tableau has the message mounted on top, ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat’, and a group of people, representing different parts of India, standing in front of it and holding their arms out, with a banner placed below reading – “Together We Can Do It”.
The group of people represented from diverse cultural backgrounds is to portray that together “we can keep our country safe from the drug menace”, she said.
The front of the NCB float depicts in a fibre installation a symbolic gesture of ‘no’ with hands crossed.
“The crossed hands show that we say ‘no to drugs’. Besides, the intelligence and technology that we use to detect drugs will also be showcased,” Batra said.
Among the canine members of the NCB who will be accompanying its tableau are German Shepherds ‘Limbo’ and ‘Jelly’.
“While ‘Limbo’ is four-year-old, ‘Jelly’ is over five-year-old. They have helped detect consignment of drugs in the past,” said a handler of ‘Jelly’.
For the 74th Republic Day celebrations, and the government has put 32,000 tickets on sale online for the masses, defence ministry officials had earlier said.
(with inputs from agencies)

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