First time in 55 years possibility of no chief guest on Republic Day


    First time in 55 years possibility of no chief visitor on Republic Day

    Last time the parade did not have chief visitor remained in 1966 when Indira Gandhi was sworn in as PM on January 24 after the demise of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

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    Updated: Jan 13, 2021, 06: 32 AM IST

    Weeks ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, with the cancellation of the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit, it may be the very first time in 55 years that India is not likely to have any chief visitor for the Republic Day parade. Boris Johnson‘s decision comes amid the spread of the new, more infectious mutant pressure of the unique coronavirus.

    This will be the first time in at least 5 decades that the Republic Day events, will not have a chief guest. The last time the parade did not have a primary guest remained in 1966 when Indira Gandhi was sworn in as Prime Minister on January 24 after the death of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on January11 In 1952 and 1953 likewise, the Republic Day parade did not have a chief visitor.

    One official said the choice was taken on account of several reasons. “We did not desire to put any foreign dignitary in an awkward scenario,” the authorities stated, underscoring that a last-minute approval of India’s invite could be potentially embarrassing for the invitee back home as the head of state would be seen as a replacement.

    Nevertheless, some media reports suggest that the Indian-origin President of Republic of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, is likely to be the chief visitor at India’s Republic Day parade on January26 However there is no main conformation on this currently.

    An invitation to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day is a special honour for the checking out foreign dignitary. New Delhi has actually been weaving method with hospitality while selecting the chief guest. The choice is dictated by a variety of factors – strategic and diplomatic, company interests, and geo-politics.

    Previous similar incidents

    – In 2013, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said might not come due to an interaction concern.

    – Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, came for the Republic Day events.

    – In 2019, United States President Donald Trump might not go to the Republic Day parade.

    – India welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who went to the Republic day celebrations.

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