Due to the coronavirus, this year’s Republic Day parade will be somewhat unusual. The NSG, India’s elite force for counterterrorism operations, has decided to make changes for the parade in accordance with COVID-19 health protocols.
Previously, the NSG commandos have taken Rajpath down shoulder to shoulder, but this time they will march at a distance of more than 1.5 meters from each other under COVID-19 protocols.
Almost 40 percent of the actual commandos will participate in the Republic Day parade compared to the previous year. A group of commandos along with senior Indian army officers and paramilitaries reach Rajpath at 5 a.m. daily and train until 10 a.m.
“We arrive here at 5 am and start our practice. It’s a daily routine for us. There isn’t much of a difference. After reaching Rajpath, we practice over and over again until our walk is perfect. impeccable, ”said a senior NSG official.
“This year, on Republic Day, we will have more vehicles than the previous year. People will see a different energy contingent with specially designed vehicles modified that will be used for anti-terrorist operations,” the official added.
The NSG commandos sweat for at least 5 hours to give a flawless Republic Day march to the majestic Rajpath, who is today a hub for the forces participating in the Republic Day Parade as a place of practice.
Meanwhile, this is the first time in 55 years that India is unlikely to have a main guest for the Republic Day parade.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was invited to the parade but decided to cancel his visit amid the spread of the new, more contagious mutant strain of the novel coronavirus.
The last time the parade did not have a main guest was in 1966, when Indira Gandhi was sworn in as Prime Minister on January 24 after Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri passed away on January 11. Also in 1952 and 1953, the Republic Day parade took place. no main guest.
Some media reports suggest that the Indian-born President of the Republic of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, will likely be the main guest of the Indian Republic Day parade on January 26. But there is no official confirmation on this at the moment.
(With ANI inputs)