Will the Real Republic Day Floats Please Stand Up?


Will the Real Republic Day Floats Please Stand Up?

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


t’s Republic Day, the day on which our forces march before our leaders, global dignitaries, and whoever else has secured a seat with the classic “tu jaanta nahi mera baap kaun hai” gate pass to Rajpath. Of course, Arvind Kejriwal might find it difficult to get an invite, but then again, he’s a chap who’s pretty comfortable camping on the footpath outside in protest. The navy blue sweater and muffler will make its presence felt.

The parade looks the same every year, give or take the thickness of the smog. Frankly, if you play a recording of the parade from any year, it’ll be difficult to tell one apart from the other. The best part of the parade isn’t the show of strength of our armed forces; it is the tradition of the state tableaux that trudge along at regular Delhi traffic speed.