Delay denies Delhi chance to send tableau to R-Day parade
Owing to delay in sending a proposal to the Centre, the Delhi tableau would be missing from this year’s Republic Day parade on Rajpath.
“There was a delay on our part in sending the proposal for Delhi’s tableau this year,” said Sindhu Mishra, deputy secretary in Arts, Culture and Languages department of Delhi government. The department is responsible for sending the recommendations and invite tenders.
Last year, the AAP government highlighted its strides in the field of education in its Republic Day tableau. In 2017, Delhi was participating in the parade after three years.
An All India Radio (AIR) tableau themed on Mann Ki Baat- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio address, will lead the series of 23 tableaux, including those of 14 states and UTs, during the Republic Day parade this year.
The AIR tableau will be followed by two tableaux of Union ministry of external affairs depicting India’s relationship with ASEAN countries.
For the first time, 10 heads of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will attend the parade depicting India’s military might, culture, and diversity. The occasion will also see the ASEAN flag flying in the sky and a motorcycle contingent of women personnel of the BSF for the first time.
The 14 states and UTs which will be part of the tableaux show are Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Assam, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Gujarat.
Besides, there will a tableau each of Air Force, Navy, Armed forces veterans, Union ministries of Tribal Affairs, Youth Affairs, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Directorate of Income Tax and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD). The highlights would also include a Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tableau, which will feature after two decades in the parade.
“The ITBP tableau will showcase high altitude Himalayan borders, snow terrain, achievements in mountaineering, river rafting and adventure sports and latest clothing equipment. A group of women personnel deployed at high altitude borders have also been included to march with the tableau,” said an ITBP spokesperson.