Republic Day 2023 India Parade Details: This time the country is going to celebrate 74th Republic Day. This time Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in the capital Delhi. President Draupadi Murmu will lead the nation in the Republic Day celebrations from the duty path, as well as take the salute of the parade. This will be the first opportunity for Draupadi Murmu to lead the nation in the Republic Day celebrations as President. The week-long Republic Day celebrations began on January 23, the birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The ceremony will conclude on January 30, which is celebrated as Martyr’s Day.
The Republic Day parade will start at around 10:30. A glimpse of self-reliant India, women power and New India will be seen in this. In this, military power and cultural diversity will be displayed. PM kicks off the ceremony Narendra Modi to the National War Memorial. PM Modi will pay floral tributes to the martyrs. The Prime Minister and other dignitaries will then proceed to the Saluting Platform on the Duty Path to view the parade.
Self-reliance will be seen in 21 gun salute
This time to show the increasing ‘self-reliance’ in defense, a 21-gun salute will be given by a 105 mm Indian field gun, which will replace the old 25-pounder gun. Four Mi-17 1V/V5 helicopters of 105 Helicopter Unit will shower flowers on the spectators seated on the duty path. The parade will begin with the President taking the salute.
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal recipient and second generation army officer Lieutenant General Dheeraj Seth will be the commander of the parade who will command it. Major General Bhavnish Kumar, Chief of Staff, Delhi Headquarters Area, will be the second-in-command at the parade. Paramveer Chakra winner Subedar Major (Honorary Captain) Bana Singh (Retired), Subedar Major (Honorary Captain) Yogendra Singh Yadav (Retired), Subedar (Honorary Lieutenant) Sanjay Kumar and Ashok Chakra winner Major General CA Pithawala (Retired), Col. D Sriram Kumar and Lt Col Jasram Singh (Retd) will be seen behind the Deputy Parade Commander on a jeep.
Egyptian Armed Forces contingent participating in the parade for the first time
For the first time a joint band and marching contingent of the Egyptian Armed Forces will appear in the parade on the line of duty. It will be led by Colonel Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Fattah Al Kharasawi of Egypt. The Egyptian contingent will consist of 144 soldiers, representing the main branches of their country’s armed forces.
The first contingent in the parade will be the cavalry
The first contingent in the parade will be of 61 Cavalry (cavalry). Captain Raizada Shaurya Wali will lead it. 61 Cavalry is the only serving active cavalry regiment in the world to consist of all ‘State Horse Units’.
India’s power will be visible
Indian Army will be represented in the parade by 61 Cavalry Troops, 9 Mechanized Columns, 6 Marching Troops and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) of Army Aviation Corps performing flypast. These include Main Battle Tank Arjun, Nag Missile System (NAMIS), BMP-2 SARATH infantry combat vehicle, quick reaction fighting vehicle, K-9 Vajra-tracked self-propelled howitzer gun, BrahMos missile, 10 meter short span bridge, mobile microwave node and mobile network center in Machini Stambh and Aakash (new generation equipment) will be the main attraction. At the same time, a total of six army units including the Mechanized Infantry Regiment, Punjab Regiment, Maratha Light Infantry Regiment, Dogra Regiment, Bihar Regiment and Gorkha Brigade will proceed from the saluting stage.
The center of other attraction in the parade will be the tableau of ex-servicemen, whose theme is ‘Commitment of ex-servicemen towards India’s Amritkal with determination’. It will give a glimpse of the contribution of ex-servicemen in the last 75 years and their initiatives in shaping the future of India during the ‘Amrit Kaal’. The Indian Navy contingent will comprise 144 young sailors, which will be led by Lieutenant Commander Disha Amrit.
Agniveer will be seen on the path of duty
The Air Force contingent and tableau will be like this
The Indian Air Force contingent will consist of 144 air warriors and four officers. It will be led by Squadron Leader Sindhu Reddy. The tableau of the Air Force, designed on the theme ‘Indian Air Force’s power beyond boundaries’, will display a revolving globe, showcasing the extended reach of the Air Force.
In this, a glimpse of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas MK-II, Light Combat Helicopter-Prachand, Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft NETRA and C-295 Transport Aircraft will be seen. It will see a team of Garuda with laser equipment and special weapons.
DRDO tableau and Indian Coast Guard contingent
The tableau of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) based on the theme ‘Securing the nation with effective surveillance, communication and threat neutralization’ will also be seen. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) contingent will be led by Deputy Commandant Rohit Singh.
Delhi Police will also march past
Troops of CAPF and Delhi Police will also march on the path of duty. The CRPF contingent will be led by Assistant Commandant Poonam Gupta. Contingents of the Railway Protection Force, led by Assistant Security Commissioner Saurav Kumar, and Delhi Police, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Shweta S Sugthan, will march.
The camel troop of Border Security Force (BSF) will march past from the saluting stage under the command of Deputy Commandant Manohar Singh Khichi. For the first time, women camel riders will also be seen in the parade, showing a glimpse of women empowerment.
Teams of NCC and NSS will be seen
The NCC contingent will be led by Pujari Shivanand, Senior Under Officer, Directorate of Maharashtra, which will consist of 148 Senior Division Cadets. Sonali Sahu, Senior Under Officer, Odisha Directorate will lead the NCC Girls Marching Contingent consisting of 148 Senior Division Cadets drawn from all the 17 Directorates. Eleven children who have won the Prime Minister’s National Child Award will be taken from the duty path through jeeps. The National Service Scheme (NSS) contingent led by Aanchal Sharma of Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Regional Directorate of NSS, comprising 148 volunteers will march.
India will be seen in 23 tableaux
23 tableaux of States, Union Territories, Ministries and Departments will be seen on the duty path, which will include 17 tableaux of States and Union Territories and six tableaux of various Ministries and Departments. These tableaux will reflect the country’s rich cultural heritage, economic progress and strong internal and external security.