72nd Republic Day highlights


72nd Republic Day Parade was held at Rajpath in New Delhi on 26 January 2021. President of India presides over Republic Day parade held every year at Rajpath in New Delhi.

72nd Republic Day Parade 2021 was held without the presence of a foreign Head of State or Head of Government as the Chief Guest. Earlier, Republic Day parades in 1952, 1953 and 1966 were also held without the presence of any foreign dignitary.

Highlights of 72nd Republic Day Parade

  • Contingent march at 72nd Republic Day Parade was led by contingent of army, air force and navy of Bangladesh.
  • Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra was Parade Commander for 72nd Republic Day Parade.
  • 61 Cavalry, the only active serving horse cavalry regiment in the world, was the first domestic contingent at 72nd Republic Day Parade.
  • Lieutenant Commander Lalit Kumar was Contingent Commander of Naval contingent. Naval Tableau was titled ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’.
  • Flight Lieutenant Tanik Sharma led the Air Force contingent. Air Force Tableau titled ‘Indian Air Force: Touch the Sky with Glory’.

  • Delhi Police has won the ‘Best marching contingent’ award among CAPF and other auxiliary forces.
  • Jat Regiment has been selected for the best marching contingent award in the Armed Forces category.

Defence Prowess of India showcased in Republic Day Parade (Defence Equipments)

Defence Equipment at 72nd Republic Day Parade

Indian Air Force

  • Mi-17 V5, Chinook and Apache helicopters

Indian Army

  • Main Battle Tank T-90 Bhishma
  • Infantry Combat Vehicle Ballway Machine Pikate (BMP-II) – Sarath
  • Pinaka Multi Launcher Rocket System
  • Samvijay Electronic Warfare System

Indian Navy

  • Tableaux murals depicting Pakistan Army surrendering in the 1971 India-Pakistan War
  • A Petya class ship
  • Operation X carried out by divers of Indian Navy
  • Mukti Bahini ship

 

72nd republic day parade 2021 highlights

Tableaux during 72nd Republic Day Parade

Bajasal folk dance was performed during 72nd Republic Day Parade at Rajpath this year. Bajasal is a beautiful folk dance of Kalahandi, Odisha. DRDO tableau depicted Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) - Navy - Take off from INS Vikramaditya, Nag and HELINA. Important themes of tableau from states are given next.

State

Theme

Gujarat

Sun Temple at Modhera in Mehsana District

Tamil Nadu

‘Shore Temple’ and other monuments of Pallava Dynasty

West Bengal

Sabooj Sathi – Wheels of Change

Sikkim

Pang Lhabsol Festival

Uttar Pradesh

Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage

Karnataka

Vijayanagara- The city of Victory

Kerala

Coir of Kerala

Andhra Pradesh

Lepakshi - Architectural Monolithic Marvels

Arunachal Pradesh

East meets West

The tableau of UT of Ladakh was displayed for the first time in the Republic Day Parade. It highlighted the Vision for Ladakh to be carbon neutral.

The Indian Astronomical Observatory located in Hanle near Leh, one of the world’s highest sites for optical, infrared and gamma-ray telescopes, was also featured in the tableau.

Best Tableau During 72nd Republic Day Parade

Uttar Pradesh won the best tableau award followed by Tripura. The theme of UP’s tableau was ‘Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh’. Uttarakhand’s tableau on the theme ‘Dev Bhoomi- The Land of Gods’ bagged the third position.

The tableau of CPWD won the special prize for paying tribute to the martyrs of armed forces. Its theme was ‘Amar Jawan’.

Important themes of tableau from different ministries/departments and Paramilitary Forces are:

  • CRPF: A Professional Ops Force with Humane Sensitivity
  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s New India: ‘Vocal for Local’
  • Border Roads Organisation: Connecting Places, Connecting People

Fly Past During Republic Day Parade

Fly Past: Republic Day Parades end with a fly past by Indian Air Force fighter jets. The constituents of fly past at 72nd Republic Day Parade are given below.

  • Rudra formation by Dakota aircraft and two Mi-17 IV helicopters and Sudarshan formation by Chinook and two Mi-17 IV Helicopters.
  • Rakshak attack helicopter formation by Mi-35 helicopter & Apache helicopters and Bhim formation by C-130J aircraft.
  • Netra, the ‘Eye in the Sky’: It is an indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft indigenously designed and developed by DRDO.
  • Garuda formation by C-17 Globemaster with two MiG-29s & two Su-30 MKI aircraft
  • Eklavya formation by Rafale jet with two Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft and two MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters
  • Trinetra formation by Su-30MKIs and Vertical Charlie formation by single Rafale fighter jet

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 72nd Republic Day Parade

 

1. Which Republic Day did India celebrate in 2021?

 
On 26 January 2021, India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day.

2. Which foreign dignitary was the Chief Guest for Republic Day parade 2021?

 
72nd Republic Day Parade 2021 was held without the presence of a foreign Head of State or Head of Government as the Chief Guest.

3. Earlier, which Republic Day parades were held without any foreign dignitary?

 
Republic Day parades in 1952, 1953 and 1966 were also held without the presence of any foreign dignitary.

4. Which State/UT tableau was displayed for the first time in the Republic Day parade?

 
The tableau of UT of Ladakh was displayed for the first time in the Republic Day Parade. It highlighted the Vision for Ladakh to be carbon neutral.

5. Which folk dance of Odisha was performed during the 72nd Republic Day parade?

 
Bajsal folk dance of Kalahandi, Odisha, was performed during the 72nd Republic Day parade.

6. What was the theme of Uttar Pradesh’s tableau?

 
‘Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage’ was the theme of Uttar Pradesh’s tableau.

7. “Sun Temple at Modhera” was the theme of which state’s tableau?

 
“Sun Temple at Modhera” was the theme of Gujarat’s tableau.

8. Republic Day parade 2021 ended with the Trinetra formation by which fighter jets?

 
Republic Day parade 2021 ended with Trinetra formation by Su-30MKIs and Vertical Charlie formation by single Rafale fighter jet.

9. Which tableau has won the best tableau award for the 2021 Republic Day parade?

 
Uttar Pradesh has won the best tableau award for the 2021 Republic Day parade, followed by Tripura.

10. Who received the best marching contingent trophy of the Republic Day Parade 2021 among CAPF?

 
Delhi Police was awarded the best marching contingents trophy of the Republic Day Parade 2021 among CAPF.

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