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On this combo picture are seen ladies officers (L-R prime row) of Armed Power Medical Companies, Indian Coast Guard, Bombay Engineer Group, & (backside row) CISF, Delhi Police and Tri-service (PTI Photograph)

India celebrated its seventy fifth Republic Day on Friday, displaying its army may and rising ‘Nari Shakti’ (ladies energy) with an all-women tri-service contingent collaborating in a grand parade at Kartavya Path right here for the primary time.

The  90-minute women-centric parade the place French President Emmanuel Macron was the chief visitor had twin themes of ‘Viksit Bharat’ (developed India) and ‘Bharat – Loktantra Ki Matruka’ (India – the mom of democracy) this 12 months. The tableaux of the Indian Air Power (IAF), paramilitary forces, Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation (DRDO) and different organisations showcased ladies’s participation of their respective operations.

Tableaux of 16 states and Union Territories took half within the parade. A French army contingent comprising 95 troops and a 30-member French band contingent additionally participated within the parade which concluded with a flypast by 46 plane of the IAF. The IAF fleet included 29 fighter jets, seven transport plane, 9 helicopters and one heritage aircraft, which operated from the six completely different bases and 15 ladies pilots, together with six from the fighter streams, operated the IAF platforms through the flypast. Two Rafale fighter jets flanked by a ‘Phoenix’ multi-role tanker transport plane of the French Air Power have been additionally a part of the flypast.

Because the French marching contingent marched down the Kartavya Path, the 2 Rafale jets and the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) plane flew in a triangle formation. “An incredible honour for France. Thanks, India,” President Macron posted on X with a video of the French band and the army contingents marching down in entrance of round 70,000 spectators.

Exhibiting the parade’s theme of “cultural expression of ladies energy – accomplishment by way of resolve”, a bunch of 1,500 dancers underneath the banner of ‘Vande Bharatam-Nari Shakti’ graced the occasion. The efficiency mirrored 30 distinctive folks dance types, together with Kuchipudi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Satriya, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, Manipuri, modern classical dance, and people impressed by Hindi and different Indian language movies. In line with officers, 120 dancers adorned masks representing varied tribal and folks performing arts, whereas as many dancers carried out with conventional umbrellas and inventive objects from Gujarat, Manipur, Kerala and Maharashtra.

The theme of ‘Nari Shakti’ is in continuation of the federal government’s stress on ladies’s empowerment. Parliament handed the laws to make sure a one-third quota for girls within the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies in September 2023. Within the Meeting elections in December, the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) credited its victories in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to the assist of its schemes like ‘Modi’s ensures’ from ladies, together with the promise of subsidised cooking fuel cylinders and month-to-month allowance to eligible ladies.

First Printed: Jan 26 2024 | 8:59 PM IST

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