A huge mechanized-built lion representing the ‘Make in India’ campaign was rolled down the roads of Rajpath after each state displayed their floats representing India’s diverse and unique cultures.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) displayed the massive ‘Make in India’ walking lion symbol surrounded by a model of a smart city and with electronic music in the backdrop. Modi, through this highly ambitious campaign, has often asked international business fraternity to come and manufacture in India.
The ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’ tableau by the union Finance Ministry showcased the Modi government’s aim of connecting every household with a bank account and the float used dancers and mimes. A few days ago, Modi had sent a letter to bankers congratulating them on the success of this initiative.
The parade’s theme ‘Nari Shakti’ or Women’s Power got a further boost after the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ (Save girl child, teach girl child) tableau, by the Ministry of Women Welfare and Child Development, marched down depicting women as being omnipresent in all professions.
Meanwhile, US First Lady Michelle Obama could be seen exchanging long talks with Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari’s wife Salma Ansari. So was Modi with guest of honour Obama.
The major attraction from the cultural performances by school children were the ‘Mangalyaan’ dance and the Clean India campaign pitch. Students, through their performance, displayed the country’s maiden Mars orbiter mission ‘Mangalyaan.’ This was followed by a dance program on ‘Swachh Banaye Bharat’, promoting Modi’s cleanliness drive.
A replica of India’s first home minister Sardar Patel’s’ Statue of Unity’ made an appearance with the Gujarat tableau. Modi, ever since taking charge, has promised to construct a statue of Patel in his home state – Gujarat.
Certainly, the 66th Republic Day parade not only painted India’s cultural heritage and military might to Obama but also flaunted Modi’s vision for India in the coming years.