The annual Republic Day celebrations began today in the national capital under the shadow of Covid-19 and farmers protests. The protesting farmers who are seeking repeal of the contentious farm bills passed last year breached the Delhi borders and entered the capital.
The National Flag was unfurled at Rajpath in the presence of President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. The Republic Day parade saw a total of 32 tableaux — 17 of various states and UTs, nine of ministries and six from the defence arm — at Rajpath.
Here is how other states celebrated the day:
The 72nd Republic Day celebrations were seen across Gujarat with Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurling the national flag in the presence of CM Vijay Rupani at a college ground in Dahod city in the morning.
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) January 26, 2021
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal greeted the people and saluted the protesting farmers, the corona warriors and the soldiers of the country. He said India salutes the “true servers” of Indian who stay firm during difficult times.
In a video message, Kejriwal honoured the covid warriors and soldiers.
कोरोना वॉरियर, सफ़ाई कर्मचारी, जवान और किसान। इस गणतंत्र दिवस देश के इन नायकों को सलाम।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 26, 2021
He said, “We saw doctors and nurses serving people putting their own lives at risk, we saw sanitation workers maintaining cleanliness, brave soldiers safeguarding the country and we saw the commitment and struggle of our annadatas serving the people of this great Republic amid the biggest pandemic in the history of human race.”
The Republic Day celebrations in Chennai included Governor Banwarilal Purohit unfurling the Indian Flag and Chief Minister K Palaniswami giving away medals for gallantry and communal harmony to various recipients.
In addition, colourful cultural programmes representing India’s diversity were performed at the event along with a few floats taken out to mark the day.
In minus 25 degree Celsius, the men and women of Indo-Tibet Border Police celebrated the Republic Day by marching on a frozen water body with an Indian Flag.
ITBP personnel celebrating Republic Day in Ladakh this morning. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Oqz6r35K1U
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) January 26, 2021
In a short ceremony to mark the 72nd Republic Day, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath congratulated the public and spoke about the importance of the Indian constitution.
“Republic Day inspires us to remain devoted to the Constitution. The country becomes great only by its dedication to the national religion,” Adityanath said in a tweet.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Governor Vajubhai Wala attended the ceremony at the Manik Shah Parade ground in Bengaluru as part of the Republic Day celebrations.
As part of a low-key Republic Day celebrations, the National Tricolour was unfurled at the Indira Gandhi Park. A ceremonial march past by various contingents of security forces along with announcements of state awards by the Chief Secretary were a part of the Republic Day celebrations in the state.
Due to the pandemic, small numbers of people were invited to attend the celebratory event while maintaining all COVID-19 protocols.
Punjab and Haryana
Police and home guard contingents took part in parades held in district headquarters in the two states and their joint capital Chandigarh.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh congratulated the contingents which carried out the march in Patiala
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) January 26, 2021
During the speech, Singh also said it was the strength of the people of Punjab and the discipline that the State was able to curb the coronavirus.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court building in Chandigarh was lit up on the eve of Republic Day. In Ludhiana, a contingent parade took place at Guru Nanak Dev stadium.
To celebrate the Republic Day in the Union Territory Tuesday, a march past by contingents of police, Home Guards, Fire Service personnel and ex-servicemen was carried out at the Indira Gandhi Sports Stadium in the Uppalam neighbourhood.
— CMOPuducherry (@CMPuducherry) January 26, 2021
Pudducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi unfurled the Indian Flag and presented awards and medals at a brief function.
Chief Minister V Narayanasamy hoisted the national flag at the Legislative Assembly.