Every Dilliwalah has his/her Republic Day memory from their childhood days. The colourful tableaux, the myriad folk dance performances and the display of India’s technological might have always been the center of attraction on this day.
Singer Shibani Kashyap fondly recalls, “I remember once I had gone with my parents to see the parade, and was ecstatic to see it. The beautifully decked-up elephants that carry the brave children, were majestic. The beating retreat was also a grand affair and I really miss that time.” While Kashyap was a part of the audience, model Amanpreet Wahi shares that she was a part of the Republic Day parade when she was in school.
“I remember, once I was a part of the gidda team when our school was presenting a dance performance during the Republic Day parade. It was a great experience. I also remember climbing the scary staircase (at my place) so that I could catch a glimpse of planes from the terrace. As a kid I always used to ask my mom when the jhanki’s would come.”
Though the fond memories remain, what mars the fun for Delhiites is the fact that there is no tableaux representing the national Capital. Plus the day is considered as just another holiday by many.
Things have changed but there are a few who not only have the memories of the Republic Day to share, but still believe in being a part of the celebration. Director Anand Kumar (Delhi Heights fame) says, “Even today I make sure that I sit and enjoy the parade on television — at least. Republic Day parade somehow fills you with a feeling of pride.”