Nation celebrates 72nd Republic Day event at Rajpath

New Delhi: India celebrates its 72nd Republic Day event at Rajpath on Tuesday under the shadow of the dreaded coronavirus  pandemic.

The event began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate for the wreath-laying ceremony. President Ram Nath Kovind, the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, officially begin the Republic Day parade with the flag hoisting ceremony.

This year, Republic Day celebrations will witness several firsts, including shorter route for the parade, fewer spectators, no chief guest, no motorcycle stunts, no bravery awards, smaller marching contingents, no children below 15 and elderly with comorbidities in the annual parade.

The celebration will conclude after the traditional fly past 11.25 am. Captain Preeti Choudhary leads upgraded Schilka Weapon system.

Captain Preeti Choudhary of 140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled) led upgraded Schilka Weapon system. She is the only woman contingent commander from Army at Republic Day parade 2021.

Schilka Weapon system is equipped with modern radar and digital fire control computers. Pinaka Multi Launcher Rocket System of 841 Rocket Regiment was displayed at Rajpath. Pinaka Multi Launcher Rocket System of 841 Rocket Regiment (Pinaka) being led by Capt Vibhor Gulati.

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