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Republic Day Parade 2022 all set to showcase India’s military might & cultural diversity in a grand parade at Rajpath as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

President Shri Ram Nath Kovind will lead the Nation in celebrating 73rd

Republic Day on January 26, 2022. The celebrations this year are special as the 
Republic Day falls in the 75th year of Independence, being celebrated as ‘Azadi 
ka Amrit Mahotsav’ across the country. To mark the occasion, the Ministry of 
Defence has conceptualised a series of new events during the main parade on 
Rajpath on 26th January and ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony at Vijay Chowk on 
29th January. It has been decided that the Republic Day celebrations will now be 
week-long from January 23-30 every year. The celebrations will commence on 
23rd January, the birth anniversary of great freedom fighter Netaji Subhas 
Chandra Bose and culminate on 30th January, which is observed as Martyrs’ 

Many unique initiatives
Several firsts planned during the main parade include the launch of 
‘Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman’ programme by National Cadet Corps; a grand 
flypast by 75 aircraft/helicopters of the Indian Air Force; cultural performances
by 480 dancers selected through a nationwide Vande Bharatam dance 
competition; display of ten scrolls each of 75 metres prepared during the ‘Kala 
Kumbh’ event and installation of 10 large LED screens for a better viewing 
experience of spectators. A drone show by 1,000 indigenously developed drones 
has been planned for ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony, along with projection 
Parade Time change
The parade at Rajpath will start at 1030 hrs, instead of the earlier timing 
of 1000 hrs to provide better visibility to the parade and flypast. 
Digital registration
Special arrangements have been made keeping in view the current COVID￾19 situation. The number of seats for spectators has been significantly reduced 
and people are being encouraged to register on the MyGov portal .

https://www.mygov.in/rd2022/) to witness the live celebrations online. They 
will also get to vote for best marching contingent and tableau in popular choice 
COVID safeguards 
Only double vaccinated adults/one dose vaccinated children of 15 years 
and above will be allowed entry at the parade. Children below 15 years of age 
will not be permitted. All social distancing norms will be followed and wearing of 
mask is compulsory. No foreign contingent will be participating this year in view 
of the pandemic. 
Special spectators
Special arrangements have been made to give opportunity to those 
segments of society which usually do not get to watch the parade. Some sections 
of auto-rickshaw drivers, construction workers, safai karamcharis and frontline 
health workers will be invited to watch the Republic Day Parade as well as the 
‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony.
The Parade
The Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister 
Shri Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial. He will lead the nation 
in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath. Thereafter, the 
Prime Minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to 
witness the parade.
As per tradition, the National Flag will be unfurled followed by the National 
Anthem with a booming 21-gun salute. The parade will commence with President 
Shri Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute. The parade will be commanded by 
Parade Commander, Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, Ati Vishisth Seva 
Medal, a second-generation Army officer. Major General Alok Kacker, Chief of 
Staff, Delhi Area will be the Parade Second-in-Command.
The proud winners of the highest gallantry awards will follow. They include 
the winners of Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra. Param Vir Chakra winners 
Subedar Major (Honorary Captain) Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers (Retd) 
and Subedar (Honorary Lieutenant) Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles and Ashok 
Chakra winner Colonel D Sreeram Kumar will follow the Deputy Parade 
Commander on Jeeps. The Param Vir Chakra is awarded for the most 
conspicuous act of bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of the enemy. The Ashok 
Chakra is awarded for similar acts of valour and self-sacrifice but, other than, 
in the face of the enemy.
Indian Army Contingents.

The first contingent in the uniform of the erstwhile Gwalior Lancers will be 
61 Cavalry led by Major Mrityunjay Singh Chouhan. The 61 Cavalry is the only 
active serving horse cavalry regiment in the world. It was raised on August 01, 
1953 with the amalgamation of six state forces’ cavalry units.
The Indian Army will be represented by a Mounted Column of 61 Cavalry, 
14 Mechanised Columns, six marching contingents and a fly past by Advanced 
Light Helicopters (ALH) of Army Aviation. One Tank PT-76 & Centurion (On Tank 
Transporters) & two MBT Arjun MK-I, one APC TOPAS & BMP-I (On Tank 
Transporter) & Two BMP-II, one 75/24 Towed Gun (On Vehicle) & two Dhanush 
Gun System, one PMS Bridge & Two Sarvatra Bridge System, one HT-16 (On 
Vehicle) & two Tarang Shakti Electronic Warfare System, one Tiger Cat Missile 
& two Akash Missile System will be the main attraction in the mechanised 
A total of six marching contingents of the Army will be there including the 
Rajput Regiment, the Assam Regiment, the Jammu & Kashmir Light Regiment, 
the Sikh Light Regiment, the Army Ordnance Corps and the Parachute Regiment. 
The combined Band of the Madras Regimental Centre, the Kumoun Regimental 
Centre, Maratha Light Regimental Centre, Jammu & Kashmir Light Regimental 
Centre, Army Medical Corps Centre and School, 14 Gorkha Training Centre, 
Army Supply Corps Centre and College, Bihar Regimental Centre and Army 
Ordnance Corps Centre will also march past the saluting dais.
Past to Present: Soldiers’ Uniform and weapons to showcase evolution
The theme of the marching contingents will be the display of the evolution 
of uniform and personnel weapon of Indian Army over last 75 years. The 
contingent of the Rajput Regiment will be wearing the uniform of Indian Army of 
1947 and would be carrying .303 Rifle. The Assam Regiment will be in uniform 
during the period of the 1962 and carrying .303 Rifles. The Jammu & Kashmir 
Light Regiment would be in uniform worn during 1971 and would carry 7.62mm 
self loading Rifle. The contingent of the Sikh Light Regiment and the Army 
Ordnance Corps would be in the present day uniform with 5.56mm INSAS Rifle. 
The contingent of the Parachute Regiment would be donning the new Combat 
Uniform of Indian Army, unveiled on January 15, 2022 and would be carrying 
5.56mm x 45mm TAVOR Rifle.
Indian Navy Contingent
The Naval contingent will comprise of 96 young sailors & four officers led 
by Lt Cdr Aanchal Sharma as Contingent Commander. It will be followed by the 
Naval Tableau which is designed with the aim to showcase the multi-dimensional 
capabilities of the Indian Navy and highlight the key inductions under 
'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'. The ongoing 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' also finds a 
special mention in the tableau.

The forward part of the tableau depicts the Naval Uprising of 1946, which 
contributed in India's struggle for independence. The rear section illustrates the 
'Make in India' initiatives of the Indian Navy from 1983 to 2021. Model of New 
Vikrant with LCA Navy in air flanked by models of indigenously designed and 
built warships. The frames on the sides of the trailer depict the construction of 
Indian Naval platforms in India.
Indian Air Force Contingent
The Indian Air Force contingent comprises of 96 airmen and four officers 
and will be led by Squadron Leader Prashant Swamyanathan. The Air Force 
tableau is titled ‘Indian Air Force, Transforming for the Future’. The tableau 
showcases scaled down models of MiG-21, Gnat, Light Combat Helicopter and 
Rafale aircraft, as well as the Aslesha radar.
DRDO Tableaux
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will display two 
tableaux, signifying the defence technological advancements of country. The 
tableaux are titled ‘Suite of Indigenously Developed Sensors, Weapons and 
Electronic Warfare Systems for LCA Tejas’ and ‘Air Independent Propulsion 
System’ developed for the submarines of Indian Navy.
The first tableau will display an indigenously-developed Advanced 
Electronically Scanned Array Radar; five different aerial launched weapons and 
an Electronic Warfare Jammer to further enhance the capabilities of fourth 
generation LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas. The second tableau showcases 
indigenously-developed AIP System for propelling the Indian Naval submarines 
underwater. The AIP System is powered by indigenously-developed fuel cells with 
a novel onboard hydrogen generator.
Indian Coast Guard Contingent
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) contingent will be led by Deputy 
Commandant H T Manjunath. ‘Ready, Relevant and Responsive’, the ICG, in 
January 2021, undertook a major fire-fighting operation ‘Sagar Aaraksha-II’ in 
foreign waters, to douse a major fire onboard MV X-press Pearl off Sri Lanka. 
The ICG ships and aircraft relentlessly fought the fire for more than 150 hours 
& doused it successfully to avert a major ecological disaster in the region. The 
motto of the ICG is ‘Vayam Rakshamah’ meaning ‘We Protect’.
Contingents of CAPF & Delhi Police
The marching contingents of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), led by 
Assistant Commandant Ajay Malik; 15 times winner of best marching 
contingent, Delhi Police, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Vivek Bhagat;
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) commanded by Assistant Commandant .

Mohnish Bagree; Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) led by Deputy Commandant 
Nirupesh Kumar and Border Security Force (BSF) Camel Contingent headed by 
Deputy Commandant Manohar Singh Kheechee will also march past the saluting 
NCC Contingents
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) Boys Marching contingent, comprising of 
100 Senior Division cadets, will be led by Senior Under Officer Rupendra Singh 
Chauhan of the Punjab Directorate. Senior Under Officer Pramila of Karnataka 
Directorate will head the NCC Girls Marching contingent, consisting of 100 
Senior Wing Cadets drawn from all 17 Directorates. The marching contingent of 
National Service Scheme (NSS), comprising of 100 volunteers, will be headed by 
Baraiya Siddhi Ramesh from Diu Union Territory, Ahmedabad Directorate.
It will be followed by tableaux of 12 States/Union Territories and nine 
Ministries/Departments, which have been prepared on various themes under 
‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The list of tableaux of states/UTs is as follows:
S No State/UT Theme
1 Arunachal Pradesh Anglo-Abor (Adi) Wars
2 Haryana Haryana: No 1 in Sports
3 Chhattisgarh Godhan Nyay Yojana: A new 
path to prosperity
4 Goa Symbols of Goan heritage
5 Gujarat Tribal Revolutionaries of 
6 Jammu & Kashmir Changing face of Jammu & 
7 Karnataka Karnataka: The cradle of 
traditional handicrafts
8 Maharashtra Biodiversity and State Bio￾symbols of Maharashtra
9 Meghalaya Meghalaya’s 50 years of 
Statehood and its tribute to 
Women-led cooperative 
societies and SHGs
10 Punjab Punjab’s contribution in 
freedom struggle
11 Uttar Pradesh ODOP and Kashi Vishwanath 
12 Uttarakhand Pragati Ki Aur Badhta 
The list of tableaux of Ministries/Departments is as under:

S No Ministry/Department Theme
1 Ministry of Education & Ministry 
of Skill Development & 
National Education Policy
2 Ministry of Civil Aviation UDAN - Ude Desh Ka 
Aam Nagrik
3 Ministry of 
Communication/Department of 
India Post: 75 years @ 
Resolve - Women 
4 Ministry of Home Affairs (CRPF) CRPF: Saga of Valour 
and Sacrifice
5 Ministry of Housing & Urban 
Affairs (CPWD)
Subhash @125
6 Ministry of Textiles Shuttling to the Future
7 Ministry of Law & Justice, 
Department of Justice
Ek Mutthi Aasmaa: Lok 
Adalat, Inclusive Legal 
8 Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department 
of Drinking Water & Sanitation
Jal Jeevan Mission: 
Changing Lives
9 Ministry of Culture 150 years of Shri 
The tableaux will be followed by cultural performances by 480 dancers 
chosen through an all-India dance competition ‘Vande Bharatam’. It is for the 
first time that dance groups, which will perform during the parade, have been 
chosen based on all India level competition. This will be followed by motorcycle 
display by Seema Bhawani Motorcycle Team of BSF and Himveers of Indo￾Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Fly Past
The grand finale and the most keenly awaited segment of the parade, the 
Fly Past, will, for the first time, witness 75 aircraft/helicopters of the Indian Air 
Force displaying a number of formations, as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. 
Vintage as well as current modern aircraft/helicopters like Rafale, Sukhoi, 
Jaguar, Mi-17, Sarang, Apache and Dakota will display different formations, 
including Rahat, Meghna, Eklavya, Trishul, Tiranga, Vijay and Amrit. The 
ceremony will culminate with the national anthem and the release of Tri-colour 
balloons. For the first time IAF has coordinated with Doordarshan to show 
cockpit videos during the fly past.
Following are the details of the new initiatives planned during the Republic 
Day parade:
Shaheedon Ko Shat Shat Naman.

On 26th January, a nationwide flagship programme of NCC ‘Shaheedon Ko 
Shat Shat Naman’ will be launched to honour the supreme sacrifices of the fallen 
heroes in defending the Nation. Next of Kin (NOK) of approximately 5,000 fallen 
heroes will be presented with the Plaque of Gratitude by NCC cadets all over the 
country, at about the same time as Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi pays 
homage to the country’s bravehearts at the National War Memorial in New Delhi. 
The programme will continue till August 15, 2022. During the period, the NCC 
cadets, accompanied by NCC Officers/Permanent Instructor of State 
Directorates, will felicitate the NOKs of all 26,466 fallen heroes whose names 
were etched at the National War Memorial.
Kala Kumbh – Huge Scroll paintings to adorn Rajpath
Ten scrolls each of 75 metres in length and 15 ft in height will be displayed 
along the Rajpath during the parade. They were prepared during the ‘Kala 
Kumbh’ event jointly organised by Ministries of Defence & Culture. The scrolls 
were painted in two phases - at Bhubaneswar & Chandigarh - by over 600 
renowned artists and young aspirants from across the country. Inspiration was 
drawn from the unsung heroes of the freedom struggle showcasing the rich 
cultural heritage of indigenous & contemporary visual art practices.
Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav
For the first time, dancers who perform during the cultural programme at 
the parade have been selected through a nation-wide competition ‘Vande 
Bharatam’, jointly organised by Ministries of Defence and Culture. The 
competition that began at the district level with the participation of nearly 3,870 
dancers in 323 groups progressed to state and zonal levels over a period of two 
months in November and December. Finally, 480 dancers were selected. They 
will showcase their talent during the parade at Rajpath. 
Veer Gatha – Stories of Valour from school children
In another first, Ministry of Defence in collaboration with Ministry of 
Education organized nationwide ‘Veer Gatha’ competition to motivate school 
students to do projects on gallantry award winners. More than eight lakh 
students from around 4,800 schools across the country participated and shared 
their inspirational stories through essays, poems, drawings and multimedia 
presentations. After several rounds of evaluation, 25 were selected and declared 
as winners. They will receive cash prize of Rs 10,000 and witness the R Day 
Static Band Performance by CAPF
Before the commencement of the parade, the contingents of Central Armed 
Police Forces will undertake static band performances in the seating enclosures 
at Rajpath. 
LED Screens.

For a better viewing experience at the parade, 10 large LED screens - five 
on each side of Rajpath – will be installed. Curated films combining footages of 
previous Republic Day Parades, short films on the Armed Forces and stories 
related to various events in the run-up to the RDC 2022 will be screened before 
the parade. Thereafter, the screens will show the live event.
Beating the Retreat Ceremony 
Apart from military bands performing martial tunes, some new activities 
have been planned during the Beating the Retreat Ceremony on January 29, 
2022 at Vijay Chowk. These include a drone show and projection mapping.
Drone Show
A novel ‘Drone Show’ has been conceptualised, designed, produced and 
choreographed within the country. The ‘Make in India’ initiative has been 
organised by a startup ‘Botlab Dynamics’, supported by Indian Institute of 
Technology (IIT) Delhi and Department of Science & Technology. The show would 
be of 10 minutes duration involving around 1,000 drones fabricated through 
indigenous technology. Synchronised background music will also be played 
during the drone show.
Projection Mapping
Projection mapping show to commemorate 75 years of independence for 
duration of around 3-4 minutes would be showcased on the walls of North and 
South Block before the end of the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony.

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