On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, women led the stage. The Republic Day parade was not only an event to celebrate the nation but also to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Here are the women-centric moments at this year’s parade.

Tania Shergill

Tania Shergill became the first woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day Parade. She shouldered the responsibility of executing the entire parade. This was a major milestone for women in defence.

In an interview, she told SheThePeople,” You’re never really nervous because you work really hard. People see only one day- Republic Day, Army Day. They don’t realize that we have been practicing since months. So when it comes down to D Day, we’ve already practiced so much, that we, our men, we have that confidence- Ki Haan yaar, Josh type Karna hai.

Also Read: Captain Tania Shergill Will Be The First Woman Republic Day Parade Adjutant 

In 2019 during the Republic Day parade, Captain Bhavna Kasturi was the first woman officer to lead an all-men contingent.

Women CRPF Bikers

An all-woman bikers’ contingent of the CRPF made its appearance and showcased risky daredevil stunts at the January 26 Republic Day ceremony at Rajpath. The 65-member unit  presented its acrobatic skills on 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles. Inspector Seema Nag led the contingent.

The all-woman CRPF contingent presented as many as nine acts of daring bike riding. They also created a human pyramid on multiple motorcycles.

Also Read: Women CRPF Daredevil Stunt Bikers To Debut At Republic Day Parade 

Major Sheena Nayyar

She led the contingent of the transportable satellite terminal. In an interview she told SheThePeople,”With the importance and sanctity of the ceremony which is annually held marking the culmination of Republic Day festivities, being selected for this prestigious task was a privilege and matter of great pride and honour. This step heralded a beginning of new place and position to woman across all forces and we all are witness to it, Capt Shikha Surabhi leading daredevils team (2019), Lt Bhavan Kasturi leading all men contingent in RD parade (2019), Maj Khushboo Tanwar leading Assam Rifle woman contingent and likewise for Indian Air Force and Navy.”

Watch our interview with her in this clip below.

Awardees

18 girls our of 49 children received Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puruskar 2020. The awards are given in fields of bravery, innovation, scholastic, sports, arts, culture social service and music.

Pilani’s band

Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Pilani’s band was led by Senior Under Officer Charu Surana. The school has been continuously participating in the Republic Day parade for 56 years consecutively.

Garba performance by girls

150 girls from different schools of Gujarat performed Garba at the parade. Picture Credit for feature image: PTI.

Prapti is an intern at SheThePeople

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