Google's gotten into constitutional spirit and put out a Desi Doodle. The Doodle comprises of three elephants, complete with howdahs proudly marching across the Google logo and is, of course, representative of the annual Republic Day parade that many of us have grown up watching on television. We're celebrating 63 years of having a Constitution today and will have a parade representing not only the country's military strengths and achievements but also the diversity of cultures and heritage prevalent in India. The guest of honour this year is the first woman Prime Minister of Thailand, Prime Minister Yinluck Shinawatra.
Happy Republic Day, everyone!
According to IBNLive, the highlight of this year's parade will be the 3,000 km range missile, the Agni-IV. The Intermediate Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile will be mounted on a road mobile launcher and displayed by the Defence Research and Development Organization. The DRDO is also displaying, for the first time, the 150 km range Prahaar tactical battlefield support missile and the Rustom-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
The Indian Army will display the T-72 tank,Carrier Mortar Tracked, SMERCH Multiple Launch Rocket System, Pinaka Multi Barrel Rocket System, Full Width Mine Plough, NBC Water Purification Systems and Jammer Station VHF/UHF among other displays. The Air Force will display its latest acquisition, the C-130-J Super Hercules tactical aircraft. However, the Air Force will not be making any static display of any other aircraft. The Navy, following the Air Force's suit, will only be displaying newest acquisitions.
The Parade will begin at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lead the nation in paying homage to martyrs by laying wreaths. The unfurling of the flag will take place as usual, followed by the playing of the National Anthem. The parade will be commanded by Lt General Vijay Kumar Pillai, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area. Major General Rajbir Singh, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area will be the parade Second-in-Command.
On that note, Tech2 would like to wish its readers a very Happy Republic Day.