The Republic Day parade of 2021 will likely be shorter, contain fewer individuals and solely a fourth of the same old variety of spectators will likely be allowed at Rajpath to witness the nation’s navy may and cultural variety, with India’s grandest ceremonial occasion being curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, officers accustomed to the event stated on Wednesday.
This 12 months’s Independence Day celebrations have been additionally muted due to the coronavirus illness outbreak and measures imposed to verify the unfold of the illness.
Fewer individuals will likely be allowed to witness the parade on January 26, with the federal government following strict social distancing protocols, and the parade itself will likely be shorter and with smaller marching contingents in comparison with earlier years, the officers cited above stated on situation of anonymity.
No more than 25,000 spectators will likely be allowed at Rajpath this 12 months, in comparison with over 100,000 individuals who often flip up for the parade, braving chilly climate and standing in queues earlier than the morning time to enter the realm. Kids under the age of 15 won’t be permitted on the parade.
The dimensions of the marching contingents from the armed forces and the paramilitary will likely be smaller. These squads will solely have 96 individuals in comparison with 144 within the unusual course, the officers stated. The shortened route of the parade will finish on the Nationwide Stadium as an alternative of the Purple Fort, the officers stated, including that the cultural programmes will even be fewer.
Independence Day celebrations have been additionally hit by the pandemic this 12 months, with fewer VIPs attending the annual August 15 occasion at Delhi’s Purple Fort whereas schoolchildren skipped it altogether.
The Republic Day-2020 parade had many firsts to it. For the primary time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid a wreath on the Nationwide Struggle Memorial. Till 2019, tributes have been paid to martyrs on the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Additionally, the Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation (DRDO) showcased its anti-satellite weapon for the primary time.
Jammu and Kashmir took half within the 2020 parade for the primary time as a Union territory. In August 2019, the federal government revoked the particular standing of the state by scrapping Article 370 of the Structure and likewise bifurcated J&Ok into two Union Territories – J&Ok and Ladakh.