7 May 2023

All-women Contingents At 2024 Republic Day Parade

New Delhi: The Central Government is considering on plan on how women’s participation in next year’s Republic Day parade can be increased.

The Ministry of Defence, in its notice, said, “After detailed deliberations, it has been decided that Republic Day 2024 will have women participation, including contingents (marching and bands), tableaux and performances during the parade at the Kartavya Path.”

The Defence Ministry has also informed other ministries, including Home Affairs, Culture and Urban Development about its decision.

The Republic Day parade is a showcase of India’s military might and cultural diversity, with participants from all over the country.

Apart from the march pasts by forces, the parade will also feature tableaux and performances by women, highlighting their achievements and contributions to society. This is an important moment for India, as it sends a strong message about the country’s commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women.


Push for promoting Nari Shakti


The new development can be seen in the light of the Narendra Modi government’s push for promoting “Nari Shakti” or “women power” in all spheres of life. To begin at the ground level, the government has been pushing for the “beti bachao beti padhao” initiative.   

In 99th edition of flagship monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that Indian women have been playing a greater role in driving the country’s growth and prosperity.


Mixed reactions on social media

However, the government’s decision has evoked mixed reactions on social media with some saying: “It’s a great insult to all the males serving in the forces.”

One of the users said: “Don't worry these optics are for elections.. May 2024!!!” Another user added: “U guys r so predictably pathetic ! If US had done this, it wud hv been hailed as the greatest thing ever ! If a country where women’s rights still needs to b supported requires symbolism like this, so b it ! Come off it guys, don’t become a …..”

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