The 70th Republic Day parade is going to showcase ‘Nari Shakti’, directed by the Assam Rifles contingent. Also, one woman officer will exhibit bike stunts on Rajpath as an element of the exemplary daredevil team.
Maj Gen Rajpal Punia, Chief of Staff, while addressing a press conference said that four INA (Indian National Army) veterans, more than 90 years aged, are going to be the part of a parade for the very first time. The gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers, lately obtained from the United States and K9 Vajra, a dynamic artillery gun is going to be the fresh additions this year, he mentioned.
Vajra is a sign of Make in India which is an initiative taken by our honorable prime minister, Punia stated in the meeting. In his own words, “This Republic Day parade will also be an amazing display of ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power), as many contingents will be led by women, besides an all-women contingent of the Assam Rifles…” Navy Contingents, India Army Service Corporations, as well as a unit of Corps of Signals (transportable satellite terminal) will all be directed by women officers.
When Punia was asked about whether Republic Day will witness the biggest participation of women in the parade, he said “Seeing the level of their involvement in this year’s parade, with all-women Assam Rifles contingent, and other contingent leaders, it is the largest participation of women in the parade.”
It seems that all-women Assam Rifles contingent will generate a record this year by contributing for the first time in a Parade of Republic Day. The Assam Rifles consignment will lead by Maj Khushboo Kanwar, 30, who is mother of a child.
While interacting with media, she clearly mentioned, “Leading an all-women contingent of the Assam Rifles is a matter of great honour and pride for me. We have practiced very hard…I am a daughter of a bus conductor from Rajasthan and if I can accomplish this, then any girl can fulfill her dream,”
As per the sources, the Gorkha Brigade will participate as a group in the parade for the first time. The president of the brigade is a current Army chief. There are total 7 dissimilar Gorkha regiments that create Gorkha Brigade. The officer leading the brigade is Capt Abhaysheraz Sandhu, a third-generation soldier in the armed forces,” added by the source.
Several things are happening for the first time on this Republic day. Shankhnaad, a military tune collected by an Indian classical music proponent based on a poem written by a Mahar Regiment veteran is going to be played on this parade.