India celebrates 73rd Republic Day with patriotic fervour

India celebrates its 73rd Republic Day today with the annual parade at Delhi’s Rajpath showcasing its military prowess and cultural pageantry. A flypast by 75 aircraft and helicopters is the highlight of this year’s parade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation this morning by tweeting, “Wishing you all a happy Republic Day. Jai Hind!”

This year’s celebrations are significant because it is the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, being observed as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ across the country.

The National Cadet Corps’ ‘Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman’ programme will be launched in this year’s celebration.

Some 480 dancers selected through a nationwide dance competition will perform in the parade.

Only double-vaccinated adults and single-dose vaccinated children of 15 and above will be allowed to attend the parade at Rajpath. Due to the pandemic, there will be no foreign contingent this year.

The parade will start at 10:30 am at Rajpath, half-an-hour later than usual for better visibility. Ahead of the event, PM Modi will pay tribute to India’s fallen soldiers at the National War Memorial.

Meanwhile, Tamil nadu celebrated the 73rd Republic Day with patriotic fervour today with Governor RN Ravi and Chief Minister MK Stalin unfurling the tricolour at the Marina beach.

With tight police security, public thronged Kamarajar Salai to take part in the celebrations.
The State’s tableau was displayed during the celebrations.