On, 26th January, 2016, Fiinovation along with 1.27 billion Indians will celebrate its 67th Republic Day. This year, the chief guest at the Republic Day is Francois Hollande, the French President. He is the second French President to be the chief guest of the occasion. In 2008, his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, was the first French president to attend this ceremony. Last year, it had Barack Obama as its chief guest. A look back at the last 12 months shows how Indian democracy behaved with different views on intolerance, suicides, politics, climate change and a range of other issues. There has been a sense among the people that we need to protect our republic and hope that we keep continuing our efforts towards a better future.
This year we have a chance to change many things for the better. For a first, India will witness French troops marching at the Rajpath during the Republic Day Parade. Other highlight includes the Gir Lion Roaring at the Rajpath and after 26 years Army dogs will walk down the Rajpath. The Army, which has about 1,200 Labradors and German Shepherds, has selected 36 canines to march down Rajpath with their handlers. However, for the first time you won’t see a BSF camel contingent marching down the Rajpath. Fiinovation understands the 56 personnel of the 35th Infantry Regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade is taking part in a joint counter-terrorism exercise called ‘Shakti 2016’ with Indian soldiers.
Paramilitary forces are among the other who will be absent from the parade this year. But for the first time, a women-only stunt contingent will demonstrate their motorcycle riding skills. In a first, sporting heroes such as Gavaskar, Dhanraj Pillai, Gagan Narang, Sushil Kumar, Baichung Bhutia, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, and Sachin Tendulkar will feature in a national anthem video. States registering their presence this year include Assam, Goa, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Tripura, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat. A giant tableau of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar will also feature in the Republic Day Parade.
Looking at the celebrations, security has been increased which has the turned the city into a fortress with more than 50000 troops guarding the celebrations. Fiinovation also celebrated the day with employees taking part in various discussions and debates during the celebrations. The celebrations provide us to look back and analyse the present situation and understand how there is an need to increase awareness among the masses of their various rights and duties as a citizen of India. It is important that we uphold the constitution above all the texts and documents in the country and abide by the norms that makes us good citizens.
Our Unity is our Diversity. Let us support each other to ensure India develops inclusively.
By Rahul Choudhury
Media & Communications, Fiinovation