NEW DELHI: A total of 23 tableaux — 17 from states and Union territories like Assam, Maharshatra, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gujarat and West Bengal, besides six from various ministries and departments — will roll down the revamped Kartavya Path this Republic Day on January 26. This will be the first Republic Day celebrations at the ceremonial boulevard after Rajpath was renamed to ‘Kartavya Path’ last year.
This time Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will debut with its tableau to send a universal message of saying no to drugs during the Republic Day parade, even as women empowerment is the theme for majority of the floats. The NCB tableau will be accompanied by its personnel and two members of its canine squad.
Defence ministry officials said on Sunday the NCB tableau will be among the two ministry of home affairs tableaux — another by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Among other Union ministries and central government agencies, one each will be exhibited by the ministry of agriculture, ministry of tribal affairs, ministry of culture and the Central Public Works Department that falls under the ministry of housing and urban Affairs, a senior official told the media here.
“Besides, there will be floats by the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force, and a vehicle will be displayed by the DRDO,” the official said.
A preview of many of the tableaux, some of which are still being constructed or given finishing touches, was held at the Rashtriya Rangshala Camp in the city. A full dress rehearsal for the parade will be held on Monday.
The theme adopted this year by various states is largely “nari shakti”, besides cultural heritage and others, the official said.
The West Bengal tableau depicts Durga Puja in Kolkata and celebrates its inscription on the Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Assam’s tableau showcases the legendary Ahom general, Lachit Borphukan, and the state’s cultural landmarks including the famous Kamakhya Temple.
The central government last year had celebrated the 400th birth anniversary of Ahom general. Borphukan was a commander in the erstwhile Ahom kingdom and is known for his leadership in the 1671 battle of Saraighat that thwarted an attempt by Mughal forces to capture Assam.
For the 74th Republic Day celebrations, and the government has put 32,000 tickets on sale online for the masses, defence ministry officials had earlier said.