President Droupadi Murmu led her first Republic Day celebrations at Kartavya Path, where the national flag unfurled. The flag-raising followed by the national anthem and a 21-gun salute. After President Murmu received the 21-gun salute, the 74th Republic Day 2023 parade began.
President Murmu joined by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as they left the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the Republic Day celebrations at Kartavya Path. Sisi will be the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day celebrations, and a 120-member Egyptian contingent will also march on Kartavaya Path. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial.
On the eve of India’s 74th Republic Day, President Murmu addressed the nation on Wednesday. The president paid tribute to the architects of the Constitution in her State of the Union address.
“India will always be grateful to Dr. BR Ambedkar, who headed the Constitution’s Drafting Committee and thus played a critical role in giving it final shape,” she said.
“When we celebrate Republic Day, we celebrate what we have achieved, together, as a nation”, the president added. Highlighting that India is among the fastest-growing major economies, Murmu credited the Narendra Modi government’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative for evoking great response among the people.
“Women’s empowerment and gender equality are no longer mere slogans, as we have made great progress towards these ideals in recent years. I have no doubt in my mind that women are the ones who will do the most to shape tomorrow’s India”, she added.
Referring to India assuming the G20 presidency, Murmu called it an opportunity to promote democracy and multilateralism and the right forum for shaping a better world and a better future.
President Murmu praised the forces defending India. “On the occasion of Republic Day, I convey my special appreciation to our jawans who guard our borders and are ready to make any sacrifice for the country. “I also want to thank all of the brave soldiers in paramilitary and police forces,” she said.
The President of India unfurling the national flag is a significant moment in India’s Republic Day celebrations. The person unfurling the flag must face the tricolor and stand in an attentive posture, according to the flag code.