BD contingent to carry legacy of “Muktijoddhas” to India’s Republic Day Parade

NEW DELHI, Jan 25, 2021 (BSS) – The 122-member of Bangladesh’s tri-service contingent will carry the legacy of “Muktijoddhas” (freedom fighters) of Bangladesh to the India’s 72nd Republic Day Parade tomorrow.

“The Bangladesh contingent will carry the legacy of legendary “Muktijoddhas” of Bangladesh, who fought against oppression and mass atrocities and liberated Bangladesh in 1971,” an Indian defence ministry statement said on the eve-of the 72ndIndia’s Republic Day Parade here this evening.

The contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces comprising of army, navy and air forcepersonnel will lead the contingent march on the Rajpath in New Delhi.

However, India sees the Bangladesh tri-service contingent’s participation to the parade, first of its kind in the history,as a “testimony to India-Bangladesh ties, which forged into shared sacrifice”.

“Bangladesh’s armed forces participation to the Republic Day parade with the invitation of Indian government is a testimony to our ties, which forged into shared sacrifice,” said Spokesperson of India’s External Affairs Ministry Anurag Srivastava here recently.

India observes its Republic Day on January 26 every year as on this day in 1950, the Constitution of India came into force after the country gained independence from British rule for over 200 years.

India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress will be on display during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the Rajpath in New Delhi from tomorrow morning. The day is public holiday.

The grand event will culminate with Rafale aircraft flying at a speed of 900 kilometre per hour carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’, the statement said.

School children will perform folk arts and crafts displaying skills and dexterity handed down from generations as the Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial.

PM Modi will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath. Thereafter, the prime minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the parade.

As per tradition, India’s 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.

With Bangladesh in focus, vintage Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft “Dakota” will participate in a fly past during the Indian Republic Day parade. The “Dakota” aircraft will be part of the Rudra Formation along with two Mi-17 IV helicopters.

The “Dakota” aircraft played a crucial role during Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971 as it was used to airdrop troops. The ceremony will culminate with the national anthem and the release of tri-colour balloons, the statement added.


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