NEW DELHI: This year’s Republic Day parade is unlikely to have a Delhi tableau, official sources said on Monday.
However, no release was available from the Delhi government on this.
“There will be no Delhi board in the 2022 Republic Day Parade. The reason is not known,” an official said, adding that this year “Delhi-City of Hopes” had been chosen as the theme of the painting.
Also in 2020, there was no Delhi tableau in the Republic Day parade.
Last year, the Delhi painting took part in the parade on Rajpath where the city government presented its model for the redevelopment of Chandni Chowk to represent the fusion of the architectural heritage of the walled city of Shahjahanabad with modern infrastructure.
Sources in the central government said a total of 56 proposals came from states and central ministries.
Of these, 21 have been shortlisted and a similar selection process is adopted each year, they said.
Proposals for paintings received from various states and central ministries are evaluated in a series of meetings of a committee of experts composed of eminent personalities in the field of art, culture, sculpture, music , architecture and choreography, among others, the sources said.
The policy regarding the exclusion of paintings from the Republic Day parade escalated on Monday with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin joining his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in demanding the PM’s immediate intervention. Narendra Modi and some leaders of non-BJP ruled states claiming it was an ‘insult’. by the Center, which dismissed the charge.
Pointing out that the proposals from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal were rejected by the committee of subject matter experts after due process and deliberation, central government sources criticized the chief ministers for presenting the result of an objective process like a “flash point”.
A total of 56 proposals came from states and central ministries.
Of these, 21 have been shortlisted and a similar selection process is adopted every year, the sources said and added that the tables for these states have been approved several times in the past under the Modi government.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Stalin said that excluding Tamil Nadu from the painting would deeply hurt the feelings and patriotic feelings of the people of the state.
It came a day after a miffed Banerjee sent a letter to Modi as the Kerala government on Friday protested the exclusion of his painting of social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.
Calling it “a matter of grave concern to Tamil Nadu and its people”, Stalin sought “the urgent intervention of the Prime Minister to arrange for the inclusion of the Tamil Nadu painting” which will highlight the freedom fighters of the state during the Republic Day Parade 2022. in New Delhi.
Banerjee had expressed shock at the exclusion from the West Bengal painting, which focused on Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birthday, and said such a move would cause locals ‘pain’ of his state.
She had said that the exclusion from the painting, which also featured other icons like Rabindranath Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, “amounts to belittling and undermining freedom fighters”.
His Trinamool Congress party accused the BJP-led central government of “repeatedly” and “systematically” insulting “our history, our culture and our pride”.
V Sivankutty, Minister of Education of Kerala, had asked the Kerala BJP to state whether it agrees with “this insulting attitude towards the Kerala Guru”.
Some BJP leaders in those states also seemed worried about it.
Senior leader Tathagata Roy on Monday urged Prime Minister Modi to allow the West Bengal painting, but made it clear that his request should not be construed as support for the “petty politics” of the Trinamool Congress.
BJP Tamil Nadu Unit Chairman K Annamalai said he will take up the issue of the inclusion of the state table proposal with the concerned authorities.
Congress expressed dismay at the developments, with its leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writing to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.
Chowdhury said the decision was an “insult” to the people of West Bengal, their cultural heritage and Bose.
“This is blatant discrimination against all non @BJP4INDIA states. This affront should not be tolerated,” party MP Karti Chidambaram tweeted on Monday.
However, central government sources have denounced efforts to link the issue to regional pride and frame it as an insult to the people of the state.
“This scenario plays out almost every year as well. It is a bad precedent adopted by state CMs to present the outcome of an objective process as a flashpoint between the Center and the states,” an official from the state said. central government.
This goes a long way towards undermining the federal structure of the country, he said, adding that these chief ministers may not have “a positive agenda proper to resort to the same old trick of using misinformation year after year.” year”.
Proposals for paintings received from various states and central ministries are evaluated in a series of meetings of the committee of experts composed of eminent personalities in the field of art, culture, sculpture, music, architecture and choreography, among others, the sources said.
The committee reviews proposals based on theme, concept, design and visual impact before making recommendations.
Due to time constraints, only some of the proposals can be accepted, they added.
It should be noted, however, that table proposals from Kerala were accepted under the same process and system under the same Modi government in 2018 and 2021, and those from Tamil Nadu in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Table proposals from West Bengal were accepted in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021, they said.
With this year’s painting from the Central Department of Public Works, which is under the central government, including Bose in its theme, no question of his insult even arises, the sources said.