For first time since 1966, no foreign guest at Republic-Day event?
DELHI/ LONDON: Weeks ahead of the January 26 Republic Day celebrations, at which he was going to be the chief guest, UK PM Boris Johnson Tuesday cancelled his visit to India citing fresh lockdown in England and the rapid spread of the new Covid strain.
Both sides played down the development with Johnson reiterating his “keenness" to visit India in the near future in a phone call to PM Narendra Modi and the latter expressing his understanding, according to a statement issued by the Indian go nment, of the "exceptional situation" in the UK, while conveying his best wishes for the quick control of the pandemic.
While Johnson again thanked India for its invitation for him as the chief guest of the forthcoming Republic Day, his decision has left India with hardly any time to look for a new guest for the likely curtailed celebrations this month. ToI has learnt that India may not have any guest at all for the Republic Day parade this year, assuming the parade will still happen. In that case, this will be the first time since 1966 that there will be no invite to a foreign leader for R-Day.、
The name of the R-Day guest is generally finalised and announced months in advance. The only time it got delayed in recent times was in 2018 when the suspense ended only in early December with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa accepting the invite for 2019 celebrations after it was declined by President Donald Trump.
India had recently announced that it would resume limited flights to UK from January 8. England though went into new and complete lockdown Monday after a fresh surge in Covid cases.
Modi said he looked forward to receiving Johnson in India at the earliest opportunity after normalisation of the situation.
How about inviting Field Marshall Supreme Commander of North Korea Kim Jong un? He loves watching parades and waving hands
Invite retired living service chiefs of Army, Navy and Air force. Not compulsory to have foreign guest.
How about Sonia for a change ? She is anyway living like a guest in this country without any responsibility.
Why do we need foreign guest? Why we want to proove that sl very is in our blood? In 21st century, we still continue with traditions of 18 century. Scrap thhis parade itself and use this money to provide better ration, clothing and facilities to our solders at borders.
Graceful slap in the face of BJP.
This is a special year, what if do not conduct Republic Parade?
Major Embarrassment for Modi's diplomacy
Should Invite leader from Nepal or Bangladesh to show our closeness with our neighbors. This will create fear among China.
I donot blame him. Things are really bad in the US and EU. in the US hospitals are full. it may get better in coming months but at this point it is a wise decision.
Do we need the Republic Day celebrations during the pandemic times? The govt. should focus on saving the money and use it for the survival of the needy. Republic day can be celebrated any other time
Modi’s half Gujju friend Trump is free now , maybe he can come if invited.
so what, it is an extra ordinary situation for UK..
Credit goes to the most mismanaged foreign policy by Modi Government . He has done only flattery of foreign dignitaries rather than creating friendship .
Scrap the Repulic day celebrations!! Why waste money and put to risk so many people exposure to the virus.?
I am available, if you would like to invite me.
Why do we need one?
It’s okay this year to not have a foreign guest.
Feku is planning a trip to Australia for Australia Day which falls on the same day....The Aussie govt has indicated that it would shoot down feku plane in the Bay of Bengal itself