Republic Day is around the corner and celebrations have begun with full pomp. This year the celebrations include Soldiers Of Subhash Chandra Bose's INA will be showcased.
More than 70 years after independence, four members of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's Indian National Army (INA) would march on the Republic Day parade this year.
This would be the first time that INA soldiers would be participating in the Republic Day parade, Major General Rajpal Poonia, Parade Deputy Commander, informed
The four soldiers are aged between 97 and 100 and they hail from nearby areas of Delhi-NCR.
The senior-most soldier is 99 years old, named Bhagmal resident of Manesar, Haryana who had joined and fought for INA in 1942.
Interrogated why only four soldiers of INA are taking part, Poonia said it was difficult to find members of the INA who are still alive.
The other three members which have participated Lalit Ram, 98, from Panchkula, Hira Singh, 97, from Narnaul in Haryana and Parmanand Yadav from Chandigarh.
Founded in 1942 by Ras Bihari Bose, INA was led into war by Netaji who had fought fierce battles with the British till Independence.
However, the INA soldiers were not allowed to merge with the Indian Army due to certain policies of the government which were implemented at that time. This is going to be historic and big.
The Delhi Republic Day parade is the largest and most crucial of the parades marking the Republic Day celebrations in India. The parade is every year on 26 January at Rajpath, New Delhi. It is the main attraction of India's Republic Day celebrations, which lasted for 3 days. The parade showcases India's incredible defense capability and its cultural and social heritage.
First, the honorable president of India unfurls the National flag, as the National Anthem is played, and a 21-gun salute is given as the PBG renders the National Salute. Next, prestigious awards like the Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra are given away by the President, before the regiments of the Armed Forces start their march past.