India celebrates its 72nd Republic Day today with a shortened programme at Rajpath in the National capital amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial.
The Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with the unfurling of the National Flag followed by the National Anthem with a 21-gun salute.
The parade will commence with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute. This time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade route has been shortened. The parade will begin from Vijay Chowk, but will culminate at the National Stadium instead of ending at the Red Fort.
Only around 25 thousand spectators will be allowed to witness the parade as compared to the average of 1.15 lakh people every year. Children below 15 years and the elderly with comorbidities has not been permitted.
This year, no Chief Guest from Foreign countries will be attending the ceremony due to the pandemic.
India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress will be on display during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath.
Thirty-two tableaux, 17 from States and Union Territories, nine from various Ministries or Departments and Paramilitary Forces and six from the Ministry of Defence will roll down the Rajpath.