In the midst of a worldwide outcry due to Corona, India has almost made preparations that this time the country’s 72nd Republic Day will be celebrated without any foreign guests. According to sources, after the decision of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to attend the ceremony due to Corona, India has now thought of not inviting any foreign guests.
This will be the first Republic Day in the last five decades, with no foreign guests as chief guests. Earlier, no foreign guests could attend the Republic Day Parade in 1966, when Indira Gandhi was sworn in as PM on January 24 following the sudden demise of Lal Bahadur Shastri on January 11.
“We do not want to put any foreign guests in an uncomfortable situation,” the official said. PM Boris Johnson had expressed his inability to visit India in view of rising corona cases due to new strains in the UK.
In the year 2018, 10 Asian countries attended the Republic Day celebrations as the chief guests. This was the first time that the heads of so many countries had participated in the 26 January parade.
This will be the fourth time that there will be no chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations of India. This has happened before in 1952, 1953 and 1966. At the same time, there were many occasions when two or two guests also attended the Republic Day celebrations of the country. In 1956, 1968 and 1974, two chief guests attended.
A Downing Street spokesman said, “The Prime Minister (Johnson) spoke to Prime Minister Modi this morning to express regret for not being able to go on his India visit later this month.” “In the light of the national lockdown announced last night and in view of the new type of outbreak of the corona virus, the Prime Minister has said that it is necessary for him to be present in Britain, so that he can focus on the domestic response against the virus.”