“Nari Shakti”– The power of women, this was this year’s Republic day highlight.The Armed Forces Medical Services featured an all-women contingent for the first time in the Republic Day parade. This momentous event highlights the growing inclusivity and acknowledges the significant roles women officers play in medical services, emphasizing their strength, discipline, and dedication.
India proudly celebrated its 75th Republic Day with a spectacular parade, shining a spotlight on the incredible strength of women and the impressive strides made in defence technology. The heart of the parade featured a captivating display from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), with scientist Sunita Jena leading the way, showcasing the essential role of “Women Power” in bolstering the nation’s security through advanced defence technologies.
WOMEN’S IMPACT IN DEFENCE INNOVATIONS
DRDO’s presentation not only showcased the latest defence technologies but also highlighted the crucial contributions of women in research and development. The Indigenous Liquid Ramjet Technology, a groundbreaking achievement, was brought to life by scientists like P Laxmi Madhavi, J Sujana Choudhary, and A Bhuvaneswari.
Breaking Ground with All-Women Contingents:
The parade marked a historic moment with an all-women tri-service contingent, presenting a united front from the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Additionally, the Delhi police contingent proudly featured women personnel, echoing the theme of ‘Nari Shakti‘ – the power of women. The dynamic leadership of Capt Sandhya Mahla showcased the dedication and capabilities of women across the armed forces. The few highlights of the events were:
Diverse roles on display:
The parade went on to showcase the multifaceted roles women play in the defense forces. Women officers took the lead in displaying the “Swathi”weapon locating radar and “Pinaka” rocket system. Squadron Leader Rashmi Thakur, along with her team, led the 144-member IAF marching contingent, displaying the diversity of roles they hold within the armed forces.
In the resounding commitment to inclusivity, the Delhi police force marching contingent consisted solely of women personnel. Special Commissioner of Police Robin Hibu emphasized the significant representation of women, including the leadership of constable Ruyangunuo Kense in the women’s pipe hand.
A Global affirmation:
The parade showcased not only national unity but also international camaraderie, with a French military team joining Indian contingents. The overarching theme of promoting democratic values and women empowerment resonated with the parade’s themes of Viksit Bharat and Bharat Loktantra Ki Matruka.
The “Vande Bharatam” segment of the Republic Day parade also served as a celebration of India’s diverse cultural heritage and the empowering spirit of Nari Shakti – women. The fusion of traditional and contemporary dance forms, coupled with the symbolic use of masks, created a mesmerizing tableau that resonated with the theme of unity and accomplishment through cultural resolve.
Diverse Dance Styles:
Under the banner of “Vande Bharatam-Nari Shakti,” the performance dazzled the audience with 30 distinct folk dance styles. From the classical elegance of Kuchipudi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Satriya, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, and Manipuri to the contemporary beats of Bollywood, the ensemble showcased the rich tapestry of India’s cultural heritage.
WHY NARI SHAKTI?
Women play an integral part in society, without their progress, the overall progress of society comes to a halt. Societies in which women see consistent growth have been known to prosper themselves. It is through the empowerment of women that societies can ensure their growth as well.
The government of India has been focused on promoting “Nari Shakti” in the country. It is committed to improving women’s lives in the country and removing any bottlenecks that come in the way of their development. It is a central dimension of India’s progress and a necessity for strengthening India.
There are so many laws for empowering women however none are effective and followed by people. There should be some effective and tight laws which can be followed by everyone. It is not the responsibility of our government only, it is the responsibility of every Indian. Every Indian needs to change their mind towards women and strictly follow all the rules made for women’s empowerment as ‘Nari Shakti’.
Only rules can do nothing, one needs to understand the theme of rules, why rules are made, why Nari Shakti is so necessary for our country, and other questions. It needs to think positively, it needs to change the way we think about women. Women need to be given full freedom, it is their birthright. Women too need to change their mindset that they are weak, anybody can cheat them or use them instead they need to think that they have the same power as men and can do anything better than men.
Women have been bearing enormous hardship in ancient times in India. during and after humanitarian emergencies, especially armed conflicts. There are many private and government organizations and institutions supporting Nari shakti, promoting policy-making, promoting gender-sensitive data collection, improving women’s health awareness, and expanding their independence in life. Despite such support and human rights, women are still dependent, poor, unhealthy, and illiterate. We need about to think the reason behind them and solve them all on an immediate basis.
– RIYA SINGH