Woman Power To Lead The Way On India's 70th Republic Day: 10 Points

Woman Power To Lead The Way On India

Woman Power To Lead The Way On India's 70th Republic Day 

New Delhi: India is celebrating it's 70th Republic Day today, with full zeal. The Republic Day, will be the last big public event before the national election due in four months. The commencement of the parade will be done by laying of a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate by PM Modi. The Chief guest of this year is South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. PM Modi had invited the South African President, after the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina last year. The 90-minute long parade will feature twenty-two tableaux of states and central government departments, and performances by school children. From modern to traditional, the themes will be an eclectic mix of folk dances, music and drama. Several-layer security network comprising 25,000 policemen has been spread across the National Capital, after the arrests of two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists on Thursday in Delhi.

Here's 10 points: 

1. President Ram Nath Kovind, in his address to the nation on the eve of the 70th Republic Day, said "India's pluralism is its greatest strength and the 'Indian model' rests on a tripod of diversity, democracy and development". He also backed the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections among upper castes, saying it is "another step towards an India of Mahatma Gandhi's dreams". Earlier this year, the Bill was passed in both the houses.

2. The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa who is the Chief Guest, will be accompanied by first lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe and a high-level delegation, including nine ministers, senior officials and a 50-member business contingent, who are all on a two-day India visit. As the head of the state, this will be Mr Ramaphosa's first India tour. Fifty-eight tribal guests from various parts of the country are also in the national capital for the celebrations.

3. The Assam Rifles contigent will also display 'Nari Shakti', besides a lone woman officer exhibiting bike stunts on Rajpath as part of the iconic daredevil team. Contingents of the Navy, Army Services Corps and a unit of Corps of Signals will all be led by women officers.

4. For the first time, four Indian National Army (INA) veterans above the age of 90 will also take part in the Republic Day parade. "These veterans are aged between 90-100 years. INA soldiers had links with the British Indian Army, so they also have links with our legacy," Major General Rajpal Punia said.

5. The artillery gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers will be displayed, at the parade to celebrate the 70th Republic Day. The Main Battle Tank (MBT) T-90 and made-in-India Akash Weapon System will also be on display. 

6. The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary will also be celebrated this year.  Mahatma Gandhi had a special connection with South Africa. The Railways, after a gap of three years, will be showcasing its tableau that will describe the "transformation of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi".

7. For the Republic Day Parade this year the theme of the official tableau of Punjab will be the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, that took place on Baisakhi day in 1919. This will be a hat-trick for Punjab's tableau will appear during the Republic Day Parade.

8. Delhi Police officials said that the arrest of two alleged Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) members were arrested on charges of planning terror strikes in the national capital during Republic Day celebrations. Thousands of police personnel have been deployed in the city.

9. Strict security measures have been taken and over 400 metal detectors have been installed at all exit and entry points at the venue. Thirty face-recognition cameras will keep vigil at 30 key points. Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma said, "If any person with a criminal record tries to enter the premises, he would be recognised and nabbed."

10. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said that the trains will be partially restricted on Saturday as part of the security arrangements. The entry and exit points at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations will remain closed between 6 am and 12 noon. The Patel Chowk and Lok Kalyan Marg Metro stations will remain closed from 8.45 am to 12 pm.