Modi Wants Week-Long Republic Day-Like Independence Day


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to celebrate India’s Independence Day next month with the same fanfare that the Republic Day is observed every year on January 26.

Sources in the government have told India Today TV that Modi has instructed the ministries of Defence, Culture and Human Resource Development to plan a week-long bonanza on the India Gate in New Delhi.

Among the firsts that the Modi regime has planned this year will be a flypast on the Rajpath by the helicopters and aircraft of the Indian Air Force after he unfurls the flag at the Red Fort.

The performances of the army bands at major locations and malls in and around the national capital will be another highlight of the celebrations.

A massive exhibition on India’s freedom fighters and the soldiers in the army will be a special focus of the event and remain open for the general public. Apart from that, the display of army’s weapons and arsenal has also been planned.

Apart from the cultural and military display, public marathons and other sports events have also been planned by the government this August 15.

Modi, who has already asked the BJP MPs to hold Tiranga Yatras across the country on the 70th Independence Day, wants patriotism to remain a major theme of the week-long celebrations.

The Independence Day celebrations so far, despite being a national holiday, have largely remained a low-key affair and are devoid of many public events.