New Delhi: The Republic Day 2020 celebrations commenced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to martyrs at National War Memorial. This was for the first time that the prime minister paid homage to martyrs at the National War memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti. Also Read - Google Marks India's 71st Republic Day With Doodle Depicting Country's Diverse Culture
Following this, a grand parade began, which was commanded by Parade Commander Lt General Asit Mistry, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area. Major General Alok Kacker, Chief of Staff of Delhi Area, was the second-in-command. Also Read - Republic Day 2020: Security Beefed up Across Delhi; 22 Tableaux to be Displayed at 90-minute Parade
The chief guest for this year’s Republic Day parade is Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Twenty-two tableaux were displayed at the Rajpath. While 16 of them were from States and Union Territories, remaining six belonged to various ministries.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened across Delhi in the wake of Republic Day 2020 celebrations. Delhi traffic police has also issued an advisory to ensure smooth conduct of the ceremony.
Yesterday, on the eve of Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind had invoked Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth and non-violence and urged the people, especially the youth, to follow non-violence. “It should be part of our daily routine to introspect on Gandhiji’s message of truth and non-violence, which has become all the more necessary in our times,” said the President in a televised address to the nation.