Nari Shakti dominates Republic Day parade: Marching contingents to missile system to tableaux | India News


NEW DELHI: Nari Shakti dominated the 74th Republic Day parade on Thursday as women officers led the marching contingents of the armed forces, CRPF, Akash missile system and Army’s Daredevil team. Also, women empowerment was the main theme of tableaux of several states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu and ministries. Though the focus of the Modi government has been to put women in the leading roles in the R-Day parade for the last few years, this was the first time they were seen in large numbers dominating the majestic parade on Kartavya Path.
Squadron Leader Sindhu Reddy, who has served the IAF for over nine years and flies an Mi-17 helicopter that is considered the workhorse of the air force, led the all-male marching contingent of the IAF. Her contingent comprised 144 air warriors and four officers.


The naval contingent of 144 young sailors was led by 29-year-old Lt Cdr Disha Amrith as contingent commander and Lt Ashwani Singh, Sub Lt Priyanka Sharma and Sub Lt M Aditya as platoon commanders. The 29-year-old is an engineering graduate in computer science from Karnataka, who in 2008 was part of the NCC’s R-Day team and nurtured the dream of being part of the R-Day marching contingent. On Thursday, her dream came through. Another special feature of the naval contingent was for the first time, it consisted of three women and six men newly-recruited Agniveers.

In a first, the marching contingent of the CRPF, which has the distinction of raising the first-ever women-armed police battalion in the world, had all women personnel this time. Also for the first time, BSF women soldiers in colourful uniforms, who have been deployed along the desert border with Pakistan, joined the parade as part of the camel contingent. The Delhi Police women pipe band comprising 35 women constables too was part of the parade for the first time and played the ‘Delhi Police Song’.


Lt Chetna Sharma from Army Air Defence Corps was part of the Akash missile defence system and saluted the supreme commander President Droupadi Murmu as the DRDO-developed surface-to-air missiles went past the VIP gallery. Lt Dimple Singh Bhati jointly led the Corps of Signals’ Daredevil Team, who showed acrobatics on running motorcycles. Bhati, a first-generation Army officer from Jodhpur, participated in the parade for the first time.


74th Republic Day parade on Kartavya Path celebrates culture, diversity, valour

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The theme adopted by various states and the paramilitary force was largely on ‘Nari Shakti’. The West Bengal tableau depicted Durga Puja in Kolkata and celebrated its inscription on Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Assam’s tableau showcased the legendary Ahom General Lachit Borphukan and its cultural landmarks, including the famous Kamakhya Temple. The Ministry of Culture, too, presented Shakti Rupena Samsthita tableau to celebrate the divine feminine, who resides in and empowers all living beings. Kerala presented the tableau on folk tradition of women empowerment that includes Kalaripayattu, a martial art with more than 2000-year-old history, percussion and tribal traditions. The tableau from Tamil Nadu was also based on women empowerment and culture of the state, which prevailed from the Sangam era to the present day. The Navy’s tableau showcased India’s first passenger drone Varuna, which has been developed by a core team of women experts of a Pune-based defence startup.

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