On the occasion of the 73rd Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind received the 21-gun salute at the Rajpath in New Delhi on Wednesday. The salute is also given on India’s Independence Day and when foreign heads of state visit the country.
The new: Cannons or artillery are used to fire the salute. To cover the 52-second long National Anthem in three successive rounds of seven cannons, a total of 21 cannons are fired at 2.25 second intervals.
- The Ceremonial Battery of the 871 Field Regiment, led by Lieutenant Colonel Jitender Singh Mehta, presented President Ram Nath Kovind with a 21-gun salute during the Republic Day Parade today.
- Before the start of the Republic Day parade this year, President Kovind, who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra to Jammu and Kashmir Police Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Babu Ram.
What happens: Every year, the Republic Day parade honours the country’s military valour, cultural diversity, and other unique government initiatives. It is being held for the second time in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, with participants wearing face masks as they march down Rajpath.
- Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, a second-generation Army officer who received the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, led the parade.
- The Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as paramilitary forces, marched in the parade. Cadets from the National Cadet Corps (NCC), the country’s military youth wing, also participated.
The elite Parachute Regiment wore the Indian Army’s new combat uniform as it presented its unique march at Rajpath.