Tuesday, February 27, 2024

US Extends Republic Day Wishes, Recognizes India as a Strategic Partner

by Antariksh Singh

In a warm diplomatic gesture, the United States has extended heartfelt Republic Day wishes to India, acknowledging the nation’s pivotal role as a key strategic partner. This recognition was emphasized by Vedant Patel, the Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department, during a recent press briefing.

“I would just note that – would wish a happy Indian Republic Day to anybody tuning in. India is a country – it is a key strategic partner of the United States and one that we look forward to closening our collaboration in a number of key areas on,” stated Patel. He also highlighted the strengthening ties, particularly evident during Prime Minister Modi’s state visit to the United States last summer.

Joining the chorus of well-wishers, Russian Ambassador to India, Denis Alipov, extended warm congratulations on India’s 75th Republic Day, expressing hopes for prosperity, well-being, and a flourishing friendship between Russia and India.

Meanwhile, India is gearing up for a momentous platinum celebration of its Republic Day, showcasing a blend of military prowess and rich cultural heritage at the grand ‘Kartavya Path’ in the national capital.

President Droupadi Murmu will lead the nation in the grand celebrations as India embarks on its journey of Amrit Kaal, following the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations commemorating 75 years of independence.

The 90-minute parade, themed ‘Viksit Bharat’ and ‘Bharat – Loktantra ki Matruka,’ will feature an all-women Tri-Service contingent marching down the Kartavya Path, symbolizing the growing strength of Nari Shakti (women power). Female pilots will also grace the Indian Air Force’s fly-past, showcasing the nation’s commitment to gender equality and empowerment.

In a groundbreaking move, contingents of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will consist solely of women personnel, adding another layer of significance to the event. The parade will commence with over 100 women artists playing traditional Indian musical instruments.

French President Emmanuel Macron will be the Chief Guest, adding an international touch to the festivities. The parade will witness the participation of around 13,000 special guests, promoting ‘Jan Bhagidari’ (people’s participation) in this national festival.

The Republic Day parade, scheduled to commence at 10.30 am and run for approximately 90 minutes, promises a spectacular display of India’s cultural diversity and military might. The event will start with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying solemn tributes at the National War Memorial before heading to the saluting dais at Kartavya Path.

President Murmu and President Macron, escorted by the President’s Bodyguard, will arrive in a traditional buggy, reviving a practice after 40 years, according to the Defense Ministry. The ceremony will culminate with the unfurling of the National Flag and a booming 21-gun salute, adding a patriotic crescendo to this historic celebration.

Antariksh Singh

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