Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala and Tamil Nadu were among the 13 states that went unrepresented
New Delhi: Majority of non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states like Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, were among the 13 states that went unrepresented in showcasing their heritage through tableaux at the 66th Republic Day celebrations on Monday.
Rajasthan and Punjab, where BJP is in power or shares power with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal, were surprisingly not among the 16 states that displayed their rich culture through their tableaux.
Some of the north-eastern states of Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram, besides Himachal Pradesh and NCT of Delhi also went unrepresented at the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital that saw US President Barack Obama as the first-ever American President to be the chief guest. No tableaux from among any of the Union territories in the country rode past the Rajpath at the celebrations.
Among the 25 colourful tableaux from 16 states and other Central government departments that depicted the rich cultural heritage and diversity of the country also showcased some of the new schemes enunciated by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
Some of these include Prime Ministers Narendra Modi’s pet projects like “Make in India" aimed at promoting manufacturing sector, Jan Dhan Yojna for financial inclusion of all,
“Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" scheme for saving and educating the girl child, “Save Ganga" project for saving river Ganga from pollution and promotion of alternative medicine system besides introduction of bullet trains.
Telangana, which was the latest state to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh last year, made its debut at the Republic Day celebrations through its tableau with the theme “Bonaalu"—the illustrious state festival celebrated to worship Mahankali Goddess.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O’Brien on Monday said the Centre did not allow West Bengal’s tableaux, depicting the “path breaking Kanya Shree initiative", to participate in the Republic Day parade in the capital despite repeated requests by the state government “Bengal tableaux for Republic Day depicting path breaking Kanya Shree initiative was not allowed. We requested, but no...," Brien told PTI.
Bengal’s unique Kanyashree Project has received international acclaim when the department for International Development, the UK and UNICEF selected the scheme for presentation at the Girl Summit 2014. Under the project, girls between the age of 13 and 18 years, studying in Class VIII to Class XII in an institute affiliated to the state government, are eligible for an annual stipend of ₹ 500. A one-time grant of ₹ 25,000, for girls between 18 and 19 years was also offered to enable them to pursue higher education or a vocational or sports course in a state government-affiliated institute.
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