India celebrated its 75th Republic Day on Friday with a grand parade showcasing its growing military might, rich cultural heritage, and the increasing role of women in society. French President Emmanuel Macron graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
The parade featured several firsts, including an all-women Tri-Service contingent marching down the Kartavya Path, women pilots participating in the Indian Air Force’s flypast, and contingents of the Central Armed Police Forces consisting only of women personnel. Over 100 women artists playing traditional Indian musical instruments heralded the parade.
The parade also showcased India’s “Viksit Bharat” (Developed India) and “Bharat – Loktantra ki Matruka” (India – Mother of Democracy) themes, highlighting the nation’s aspirations for the future. Around 13,000 special guests from various walks of life participated in the parade, promoting public participation and inclusivity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began the ceremony by paying homage at the National War Memorial. President Murmu and President Macron arrived on the traditional buggy, marking a nostalgic return after 40 years. The 21-gun salute was fired with indigenous 105-mm Indian Field Guns, showcasing India’s technological advancements.
The 75th Republic Day parade was a powerful display of India’s progress, dynamism, and unity. It showcased the nation’s growing military strength, the increasing role of women in society, and its rich cultural tapestry. With President Macron’s presence as a symbol of India’s growing international stature, the celebration resonated with significance and hope for the future.