OPINION | India's 72nd Republic Day: Of Courage and Contradictions
The 72nd Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday were unparalleled. Despite the disruptions by the Covid-19 pandemic that demanded a strict social distancing protocol and the last-minute cancellation by the chief guest, the celebrations went exceedingly well.
The symbolic display of valour by the three armed forces, including the debut of the much-awaited Rafale fighter aircraft, was a visual treat for citizens across the country. The portrayal of multiple colours representing art and culture from across states, including one from Bangladesh, looked splendid. While the tableau from Bangladesh underlined the historic and growing friendship between the two neighbours, India put a show that perfectly underscored the national slogan of 'unity in diversity'.