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IN People ON 26 Jan, 2015
India celebrated its 66th Republic Day today in the stellar presence of the President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, PM Mr. Narendra Modi, and Chief Guest Mr. Barack Obama
India is a proud country, whose constitution came into force on January 26, 1950. India is the motherland of culture, tradition, treasure and natural bliss.
Celebration of Republic Day is a grand affair in the country. Year after year, it is celebrated with wondrous ceremonial fashion. But, this time the ceremony of the Republic day had much-added glory, grace and elegance to it. The theme of this year was Naari Shakti/ Women Power.
India saw strides of brilliant women leading the Indian Army or offering the ceremonial Guard of Honor and unfurling the flag.
Over years, women have made their place in Indian army and have walked hand in hand with men in every genre, but this time PM Narendra Modi emphasized that women will be the leading forces. Women Power and her glory should be showcased, for our motherland has given birth to such respectful women who are worth so much honor and love.
These women have filled every Indian's heart with pride.
We salute you and wish you all a very Happy Republic Day.
Capt. Divya Ajith Kumar, accomplished her army training from Officer's Training Academy, Chennai. Her father was also an Army Officer. She was only 21, when she completed her training. Not only that, leading the army is her second honor.
This amazing woman was honored with "The Sword Of Honor." She was the first woman in the history of army to receive such an honor. Her dedication and love for the nation is worth every salute.
In an interview with IANS, she said, "It is indeed an honour, and perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.", when the rehearsals of the parade to come were in full swing. She also adds, "I hope watching us march in uniform will inspire many women to come ahead and join the forces to serve the nation". Captain Divya is an accomplished woman, achieving so much only at the age of 25- but there is so much more to her.. She is a multi-faceted personality. There are a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, a percussionist and a well- versed sport's player, who lives right inside her.
27 Year Old Sandhya Chauhan is a Rewari Girl. She leads the mixed member contingent of 147 sailors and three officers. She is the first woman from her region to represent Indian Navy on a Republic Day Parade. Her brother was her inspiration as he joined Army in the year 2005. The sex ratio in her village- Kunda, is 797 per 1000. She sets a significant example for the people who think, girls are a menace.
Priya Jeyakumar leads the Indian Navy Contingent of all women officers and cadets. She in an interview with TOI says that she is thankful to PM Mr. Narendra Modi for coming up with the idea of "Naari Shakti" as the central theme of the Republic Day Celebrations.
During the practice sessions, she was seen motivating her cadets, and this is what she said - "The entire Navy's expectation is on us. We have to bring the best out of us while marching on R-Day. Everyone is touched and moved by the opportunity we got. We are all now focused towards the goal."
A young Manipuri woman performed the most prestigious duty, of unfurling the flag in the presence of the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi. Chief Guest US President Barack Obama and many important dignitaries.
Wing Commander Puja Thakur became the first ever woman to lead the ceremonial Guard Of Honor for US President Barack Obama, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
In an interview with Daily Mail, she said that she is really honored, as her seniors selected her for this great honor. She also said,"I am an officer first and then a woman."Â These words form a great officer will always resonate in the hearts of every Indian.
India in all, it's glory celebrated the 66th Republic Day with 'Naari Shakti' (Women Power) as its central theme. It's time that we realize the need of the hour. Women are powerful, they are capable of anything they want to. While we celebrated and saw these wonderful women leading the parade, unfurling the flag and so much more- it's time we start believing in ourselves and supporting the women of our country. A day of celebration does not make up for the injustice she suffers every day. On behalf of the team Wittyfeed and every Indian, let us promise ourselves something. We promise that we will let her be free, make her feel safe, let her study and support her no matter what. HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY!