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January 3, 2020

India Ministry of Defence shortlists 16 Tableaux for participation in Republic Day Parade 2020; Snubs Chandigarh for its Gardens of Chandigarh, Burail Jail, and Sukhna Lake Tableau Proposal.

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Photo: A bird’s eye view of Rajpath, at the 70th Republic Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2019. [File Photo]

New Delhi, January 02, 2020 — There is a well-established system for selection of tableaux for participation in the India Republic Day Parade as per which Ministry of Defence invites proposals for the scenes from all States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments.

An Expert Committee of the Ministry of Defence comprising of eminent persons in the field of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and choreography evaluates the tableaux proposals of various States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments. The Expert Committee examines each tableau for its theme, concept, design, and visual impact before making its recommendations. The committee shortlists the best scenes for the ceremony.

This year, the Expert Committee received a total of 56 tableaux proposals. Out of these, it has finally shortlisted 22 designs, comprising of 16 States/UTs and 6 Ministries/Departments, for participation in the Republic Day Parade 2020.

• The Chandigarh Administration had proposed themes including Gardens of Chandigarh, Burail Jail, and Sukhna Lake to the Expert Committee for its Republic Day Tableau. The committee rebuffed Chandigarh’s proposition.

The tableau of the Indian Navy, to be showcased at the Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2020, at Rajpath is in pursuance of the Navy Week theme ‘Indian Navy - Silent, Strong, and Swift.’

The forward part of the tableau showcases the might and firepower of Navy in all three dimensions viz surface, sub-surface, and air. The scene portrays models of state-of-the-art assets like Boeing P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft with Harpoon missiles, Kolkata class Stealth Destroyer displaying a Brahmos launch, and Kalvari Class Submarine launching the Exocet missile.

On the trailer, the tableau showcases the indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant under construction at Cochin Shipyard Limited, along with its complement of MiG 29K Fighter Aircraft.

The benign role of the Navy in terms of safeguarding offshore economic assets, as well as rendering Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), is portrayed through the murals on the sides. These depict flood relief operations performed in Maharashtra on Mahalaxmi Express in July 2019, escort operations conducted in the Persian Gulf (Operation Sankalp), and the defence of oil platforms by Fast Attack Craft.

Overall, the tableau aims to showcase the Navy as a credible and combat-ready military force, which in service of the nation, protects its economic assets and provides assistance to its populace in times of crisis and natural calamities.

• The maiden landing of DRDO-developed LCA Navy onboard INS Vikramaditya:

January 11, 2020 — After completing extensive trials on the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF), Naval version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) did a successful arrested landing onboard INS Vikramaditya today. Commodore Jaideep Maolankar conducted the first landing. Captain Dahiya was the Landing Safety Officer (LSO) and Cdr Vivek Pandey Test Director on the ship, whereas Gr. Capt. Kabadwal and Cdr Ankur Jain were monitoring the aircraft through telemetry from SBTF. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed the LCA Navy.

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. G Satheesh Reddy has congratulated DRDO, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Indian Navy, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) teams.

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Photos: The tableaux of Rajasthan, Air Force, and Navy pass through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade-2020, in New Delhi on January 23, 2020.

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