How is the Chief Guest of Republic Day chosen? Know the complete process

Republic Day 2023: Today, on January 26, the 74th Republic Day is being celebrated with great pomp. For the first time, the Egyptian army took part in the march in India. The Egyptian Army contingent marched under the leadership of Colonel Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Fattah El Kharasawi on the path of duty in Delhi. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was the chief guest on the occasion.

It was a different feeling for many people to be the Chief Guest of the Republic Day of an African country on Indian Republic Day. However, many people would not know how the Chief Guest is elected for Republic Day. If you also do not know this, then let us tell you today –

Ministry of External Affairs elects the chief guest

Our Ministry of External Affairs discusses which country’s celebrity should be invited as the chief guest on the Republic Day of India. In this way, after the election, the name of the chief guest is stamped. During this many things are kept in mind. First of all, it is seen how the relation of your country with the country whose President is to be made chief. After this, the Ministry of External Affairs takes the approval of the chosen name from the Prime Minister. Not only this, permission is also taken from Rashtrapati Bhavan after the Prime Minister. 

The eyes of the world are on the parade in Delhi 

After getting the approval of the President and the Prime Minister, the concerned country is contacted. After acceptance, a formal invitation is sent to the selected Chief Guest. The chief guest coming on Republic Day is chosen only after a lot of thought because today is considered a very important day for India and the eyes of the whole world are on this parade to be held in the capital Delhi.

< p style ="text-align: justify;">Why did India choose the President of Egypt this time? 

India, which has become the world’s fifth largest economy, chose debt-ridden Egypt because India would also benefit from it. Egypt is the biggest voice against terrorism and extremism in the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and more than 4 thousand Indians live in Egypt. 

After Saudi Arabia and UAE, now India wants to create credibility in the whole Arab world. India has very good relations with all the Gulf countries and especially with Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain. In such a situation, India can become a military, IT and techno power in the Gulf countries.

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