Republic Day 2022 Updates: Grand flypast by IAF craft wows spectators; celebrations continue

Republic Day 2022 LATEST Updates: Last year, President Kovind hosted the ‘At Home’ reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day. The ceremony has been cancelled this year in view of the COVID-19 situation

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Republic Day 2022 Updates: Grand flypast by IAF craft wows spectators; celebrations continue

No ‘At Home’ ceremony to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday owing to COVID-19 situation. PTI



Jan 26, 2022 - 16:43 (IST)

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Boris Johnson sends best wishes

UK prime minister Boris Johnson, wishing India on Republic Day, said the two countries are tied by bonds that span over decades, through generations and across some of the greatest challenges we've faced. "I want to send my best wishes from the UK to the people of India and to all British Indians, on India’s Republic Day," Johnson added.

Jan 26, 2022 - 16:12 (IST)

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Indian Army jawans deployed at LoC in Baramulla unfurl National Flag

Jan 26, 2022 - 15:40 (IST)

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Kerala minister unfurls flag upside down, BJP demands resignation

A Kerala minister hoisted the National Flag upside down in this district, during the Republic Day celebrations on Wednesday, triggering a political controversy as the opposition BJP demanded his resignation for showing disrespect to the tricolour.

The incident occurred when minister Ahamed Devarkovil, who holds the Port and Archaeology portfolios in the Left Government, unfurled the flag at the Municipal Stadium here this morning. A nominee of the Indian National League (INL), an ally of the CPI(M)-led LDF, Devarkovil was the chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations at the district headquarters.

Interestingly, no one, including the minister, peoples’ representatives, police officials and other dignitaries present on the occasion, notice the gaffe After the flag hoisting, the minister saluted it and proceeded with his speech, amidst which some media personnel who gathered there to cover the event pointed out the error.

Then the minister soon came back, lowered the flag and hoisted it again correctly. Meanwhile, BJP state chief K Surendran sought the immediate resignation of Devarkovil and a police case be registered against him and the officials concerned who showed disrespect to the National Flag.

“It is a matter of serious concern that the minister also saluted the tricolour after it was hoisted upside down. It is ridiculous that despite such a grave mistake, neither the minister nor the officials realised the error,” he said in a statement.

Jan 26, 2022 - 15:09 (IST)

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Indians abroad celebrate, greetings pour in from world leaders

The Indian diaspora on Wednesday celebrated the 73rd Republic Day amid COVID-19 restrictions, as several world leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, extended their greetings on the occasion, highlighting their strong friendship with India.

Charge d’affaires of the Indian Embassy in Beijing Dr Acquino Vimal hoisted the tricolour at the embassy premises and read President Ram Nath Kovind’s address which was followed by cultural events.

The ceremony was restricted to only officials of the embassy in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the Chinese capital.

This is the third time the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Republic Day celebrations in Beijing. It was cancelled in 2020 due to a lockdown announced by China after the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan. In 2021, it was restricted to staff and their families in view of the prevailing COVID-19 infections.

In Singapore, the Indian High Commission virtually celebrated the Republic Day. Acting High Commissioner Siddhartha Nath read the president’s message to the Indian community through social media. Performance of students from Indian schools in Singapore was also shared through social media.

In his message on Twitter, Australian Prime Minister Morrison extended his greetings, also in Hindi, to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Jan 26, 2022 - 15:00 (IST)

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Shaurya Smriti Chinha handed over to the families of gallantry awardees 

As part of the ‘Shat Shat Naman’ initiative on this year’s Republic Day, Shaurya Smriti Chinha with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature on it were handed over to the families of gallantry awardees at their villages and homes, ANI reported.

Jan 26, 2022 - 14:22 (IST)

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Indian Army jawans unfurl national flag in deployed in Poonch

Jan 26, 2022 - 14:14 (IST)

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India’s rich cultural heritage shines through 21 tableaux

After displaying its military prowess, the tableau of different states and ministries rolled down Rajpath as part of the 73rd Republic Day celebrations.

A total of 21 tableaux, 12 of various states and Union Territories, nine of ministries were showcased at the Republic Day Parade this year at the majestic Rajpath.

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Jan 26, 2022 - 13:23 (IST)

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President’s Bodyguard horse Virat retires from service today

Jan 26, 2022 - 13:20 (IST)

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SP chief Akhilesh Yadav wades into Amar Jyoti Jawan controversy

The Samajwadi Supremo took to Twitter on Republic Day to wish the nation and said that “will take a resolution ~ Amar Jawan Jyoti will be lit again!” Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too raked up the issue after posting a picture of the Amar Jawan Jyoti.

Jan 26, 2022 - 13:14 (IST)

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Chhattisgarh allows govt employees to work five days a week

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel took to Twitter to announce major policy decisions including a five-day working week for government employees.

Republic Day 2022 LATEST Updates: Republic Day 2022 LATEST Updates: Last year, President Kovind hosted the ‘At Home’ reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day. The ceremony has been cancelled this year in view of the COVID-19 situation.

The front portion of Goa's tableaux displayed Fort Aguada, while the martyr's memorial in Panaji is shown in the middle. The tableaux highlighted the coastal state's history and heritage. A lotus is placed atop the memorial to represent universal brotherhood.

The Republic Day parade began with four Mi-17 V5 helicopters flying in a 'Wineglass formation' over Rajpath. Meanwhile, heralding the parade, entered General Vijay Kumar Mishra.

Apart from cultural performances by more than 480 dancers from across the country, and as many as 21 tableaux, the parade will also feature a grand 75 aircraft flypast by the Indian Air Force.

The prime minister will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the parade after paying homage to martyrs.

India will celebrate its 73rd Republic Day on 26 January, Wednesday, as people will witness the nation's military might and cultural diversity in a grand parade at Rajpath, New Delhi as a part of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'.

It was on this day when the country's constitution came into effect in 1950.

The main attraction of Republic Day celebrations is the annual parade which begins at Rajpath, Delhi, and ends at the India Gate. On this day, the president hoists the flag at Rajpath. The ceremonious event also showcases India's cultural and social heritage, parades and air shows by the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

To mark the occasion, the Ministry of Defence has conceptualised a series of new events during the main parade on 26 January and 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony at Vijay Chowk on 29 January.

The celebrations commenced on 23 January, the birth anniversary of great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and will culminate on 30 January, which is observed as Martyrs' Day.

The parade at Rajpath will start at 10.30 am, instead of the earlier timing of 10 am to provide better visibility to the parade and flypast.

In view of the pandemic this year, the number of seats for spectators has been significantly reduced and people are being encouraged to register on the MyGov portal to see the live celebrations online.

The Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial. As per tradition, the National Flag will be unfurled followed by the National Anthem with a booming 21-gun salute.

The parade will commence with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute. The parade will be commanded by Parade Commander, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, Ati Vishisth Seva Medal, a second-generation Army officer. Major General Alok Kacker, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area will be the Parade Second-in-Command.

Indian Army contingents

A total of six marching contingents of the Army will be there including the Rajput Regiment, the Assam Regiment, the Jammu & Kashmir Light Regiment, the Sikh Light Regiment, the Army Ordnance Corps and the Parachute Regiment.

The combined Band of the Madras Regimental Centre, the Kumoun Regimental Centre, Maratha Light Regimental Centre, Jammu & Kashmir Light Regimental Centre, Army Medical Corps Centre and School, 14 Gorkha Training Centre, Army Supply Corps Centre and College, Bihar Regimental Centre and Army Ordnance Corps Centre will also march past the saluting dais.

Let's take a look at the preparations:

Indian Navy contingent

The Naval contingent will comprise of 96 young sailors and four officers led by Lt Cdr Aanchal Sharma as Contingent Commander. It will be followed by the Naval Tableau which is designed with the aim to showcase the multi-dimensional capabilities of the Indian Navy and highlight the key inductions under 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'.

Indian Air Force contingent

The Indian Air Force contingent comprises of 96 airmen and four officers and will be led by Squadron Leader Prashant Swamyanathan. The Air Force tableau is titled ‘Indian Air Force, Transforming for the Future’.

The tableau showcases scaled down models of MiG-21, Gnat, Light Combat Helicopter and Rafale aircraft, as well as the Aslesha radar.


On display, there will be tableaux of 12 States/Union Territories and nine Ministries/Departments, which have been prepared on various themes under ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

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