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72nd Republic Day : Here are all the Highlights and awardees list of 2021

The Tricolour unfurled at Rajpath within the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other dignitaries. The whole nation witnessed the strength of our strong and proud republic. Thus, celebrating the 72nd Republic day of India.



  • PM Narendra Modi wore a colorful ‘Paghdi’ on republic day. It’s especially gifted to him from the royal family of Gujarat’s Jamnagar. While he laid a wreath at the National War Memorial he wore this ‘Halari Pagh'(royal head turban). Accompanied by a gray jacket and cream-colored shawl. Thus, pursuing the same tradition of wearing colorful turbans on the occasion of Republic Day and Independence Day.

Narendra Modi


  • In the presence of the Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, and Chief of Navy Staff Honorable Prime Minister signed the ceremonial book. At the National War Memorial at the India Gate.
  •  A total of 32 tableaus presented at Rajpath to depict the economic, cultural, and heritage of the country. This 32 tableau includes 17 states and union territories, six from the Defense ministry. Also nine from other Union ministries and paramilitary forces. Moreover, the first time the Ladakh tableau was also featured in this. As the union territory created in 2019 after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir including the first time.

Ladakh tableau

  • The tableau of the Department of Biotechnology depicted the theme of ‘Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: COVID’. Thus, depicting the whole process of vaccine development through various processes.

Tableau of biotechnology at republic day

  • The tableau of Punjab depicted the theme of  ‘400th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur’. Thus, showcasing the glory of the 9th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Punjab Tableau at Republic Day

  • The tableau of Uttar Pradesh depicted the theme of  ‘Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh’.Along with Ram Mandir on display.

Uttar Pradesh Tableau at Republic day

  • Starting the parade with a one Rafale aircraft flying at a speed of 900km/hr completing out a ‘Vertical Charlie’.Also Piloted by GP Capt Harkirat Singh, Shaurya Chakra, Commanding Officer of 17 Squadron with Sqn Ldr Kislaykant.

Rafale Fighter

  • Specially Marching Contingent and Band of Bangladesh Army participated. This is the first-ever time they participated in the republic day parade. The 122-member strong contingent is led by Lt Col Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawan.

Bangladesh Army

  • The Indian Air Force tableau consists of the first three female fighter pilots of the country Flt Lt Bhawna Kanth.
  • Captain Preeti Choudhary, the only woman contingent commander from Army at Republic Day parade 2021. Also, she leads an upgraded Schilka Weapon system of 140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled).

The ‘Rudra’ formation:

  • This comprises a Dakota aircraft flanked by 2 Mi-17 IV helicopters. Dakotas were instrumental in airlifting troops into Kashmir Valley. In 1947 to repel invaders from across the border. Also for leading Bangladesh’s liberation they played a significant role in the Tangail airdrop.

The ‘Trinetra’ Formation:

  • This comprised of three Su-30MKIs – the three aircraft split outwards and upwards. Thus, forming a ‘Trishul in the Sky’. The formation is led by Gp Capt AK Misra.Along with Commanding Officer of 15 Squadron with Sqn Ldr RC Kulkarni.


  • The Farmers’ tractor rally also happened at Delhi’s Dhansa border.

AWARDEES LIST OF 2021 On Republic Day:

Today’s republic day function ended with pride in oneself for being an Indian. It was since 1967 that the function was attended by no guest from a foreign nation.

On the eve of the 72nd Republic Day, the President conferred 119 Civilian awards together with the gallantry ones.


Padma Awards



Awarded for exceptional and distinguished services. Here is the list :

Name Field State/Country
Shri Shinzo Abe Public Affairs Japan
Shri S P Balasubramaniam


Art Tamil Nadu
Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde Medicine Karnataka
Shri Narinder Singh Kapany


Science and Engineering United States of America
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Others- Spiritualism Delhi
Shri B. B. Lal Others- Archaeology Delhi
Shri Sudarshan Sahoo Art Odisha


Awarded for distinguished services of a high order. Here is the list:

Ms. Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra Art Kerala
Shri Tarun Gogoi


Public Affairs Assam
Shri Chandrashekhar Kambara Literature and Education Karnataka
Ms. Sumitra Mahajan Public Affairs Madhya Pradesh
Shri Nripendra Misra Civil Service Uttar Pradesh
Shri Ram Vilas Paswan


Public Affairs Bihar
Shri Keshubhai Patel


Public Affairs Gujarat
Shri Kalbe Sadiq


Others-Spiritualism Uttar Pradesh
Shri Rajnikant Devidas Shroff Trade and Industry Maharashtra
Shri Tarlochan Singh Public Affairs Haryana


Awarded for distinguished services in any field. Here is the list:

Shri Gulfam Ahmed Art Uttar Pradesh
Ms. P. Anitha Sports Tamil Nadu
Shri Rama Swamy Annavarapu Art Andhra Pradesh
Shri Subbu Arumugam Art Tamil Nadu
Shri Prakasarao Asavadi Literature and Education Andhra Pradesh
Ms. Bhuri Bai Art Madhya Pradesh
Shri Radhe Shyam Barle Art Chhattisgarh
Shri Dharma Narayan Barma Literature and Education West Bengal
Ms. Lakhimi Baruah Social Work Assam
Shri Biren Kumar Basak Art West Bengal
Ms. Rajni Bector Trade and Industry Punjab
Shri Peter Brook


Art United Kingdom
Ms. Sangkhumi Bualchhuak Social Work Mizoram
Shri Gopiram Bargayn Burabhakat Art Assam
Ms. Bijoya Chakravarty Public Affairs Assam
Shri Sujit Chattopadhyay Literature and Education West Bengal
Shri Jagdish Chaudhary (Posthumous) Social Work Uttar Pradesh
Shri Tsultrim Chonjor Social Work Ladakh
Ms. Mouma Das Sports West Bengal
Shri Srikant Datar Literature and Education United States of America
Shri Narayan Debnath Art West Bengal
Ms. Chutni Devi Social Work Jharkhand
Ms. Dulari Devi Art Bihar
Ms. Radhe Devi Art Manipur
Ms. Shanti Devi Social Work Odisha
Shri Wayan Dibia Art Indonesia
Shri Dadudan Gadhavi Literature & Education Gujarat
Shri Parshuram Atmaram Gangavane Art Maharashtra
Shri Jai Bhagwan Goyal Literature and Education Haryana
Shri Jagadish Chandra Halder Literature and Education West Bengal
Shri Mangal Singh Hazowary Literature and Education Assam
Ms. Anshu Jamsenpa Sports Arunachal Pradesh
Ms. Purnamasi Jani Art Odisha
Matha B. Manjamma Jogati Art Karnataka
Shri Damodaran Kaithapram Art Kerala
Shri Namdeo C Kamble Literature and Education Maharashtra
Shri Maheshbhai & Shri Nareshbhai Kanodia (Duo) *


Art Gujarat
Shri Rajat Kumar Kar Literature and Education Odisha
Shri Rangasami Lakshminarayana Kashyap Literature and Education Karnataka
Ms. Prakash Kaur Social Work Punjab
Shri Nicholas Kazanas Literature and Education Greece
Shri K Kesavasamy



Art Puducherry
Shri Ghulam Rasool Khan Art Jammu and Kashmir
Shri Lakha Khan Art Rajasthan
Ms. Sanjida Khatun Art Bangladesh
Shri Vinayak Vishnu Khedekar Art Goa
Ms. Niru Kumar Social Work Delhi
Ms. Lajwanti


Art Punjab
Shri Rattan Lal Science and Engineering United States of America
Shri Ali Manikfan Others-Grassroots Innovation Lakshadweep
Shri Ramachandra Manjhi Art Bihar
Shri Dulal Manki Art Assam
Shri Nanadro B Marak Others- Agriculture Meghalaya
Shri Rewben Mashangva Art Manipur
Shri Chandrakant Mehta Literature and Education Gujarat
Dr. Rattan Lal Mittal Medicine Punjab
Shri Madhavan Nambiar Sports Kerala
Shri Shyam Sundar Paliwal Social Work Rajasthan
Dr. Chandrakant Sambhaji Pandav
Medicine Delhi
Dr. J N Pande


Medicine Delhi
Shri Solomon Pappaiah Literature and Education- Journalism Tamil Nadu
Ms. Pappammal Others- Agriculture Tamil Nadu
Dr. Krishna Mohan Pathi Medicine Odisha
Ms. Jaswantiben Jamnadas Popat Trade and Industry Maharashtra
Shri Girish Prabhune Social Work Maharashtra
Shri Nanda Prusty Literature and Education Odisha
Shri K K Ramachandra Pulavar Art Kerala
Shri Balan Putheri Literature and Education Kerala
Ms. Birubala Rabha Social Work Assam
Shri Kanaka Raju Art Telangana
Ms. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath Art Tamil Nadu
Shri Satyaram Reang Art Tripura
Dr. Dhananjay Diwakar


Medicine Kerala
Shri Ashok Kumar Sahu Medicine Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Singh Sanjay Medicine Uttarakhand
Ms. Sindhutai Sapkal Social Work Maharashtra
Shri Chaman Lal Sapru


Literature and Education Jammu and Kashmir
Shri Roman Sarmah Literature and Education- Journalism Assam
Shri Imran Shah Literature and Education Assam
Shri Prem Chand Sharma Others- Agriculture


Shri Arjun Singh Shekhawat Literature and Education Rajasthan
Shri Ram Yatna Shukla Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
Shri Jitender Singh Shunty Social Work Delhi
Shri Kartar Paras Ram Singh Art Himachal Pradesh
Shri Kartar Singh Art Punjab
Dr. Dilip Kumar Singh Medicine Bihar
Shri Chandra Shekhar Singh Others-Agriculture Uttar Pradesh
Ms. Sudha Hari Narayan Singh Sports Uttar Pradesh
Shri Virender Singh Sports Haryana
Ms. Mridula Sinha


Literature and Education Bihar
Shri K C Sivasankar


Art Tamil Nadu
Guru Maa Kamali Soren Social Work West Bengal
Shri Marachi Subburaman Social Work Tamil Nadu
Shri P Subramanian


Trade and Industry Tamil Nadu
Ms. Nidumolu Sumathi


Art Andhra Pradesh
Shri Kapil Tiwari Literature and Education Madhya Pradesh
Father Vallés


Literature and Education Spain
Dr. Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan


Medicine Tamil Nadu
Shri Sridhar Vembu Trade and Industry Tamil Nadu
Shri K Y Venkatesh


Sports Karnataka
Ms. Usha Yadav Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir Public Affairs Bangladesh



These awards are given to the army and police personnel for their exemplary courage and services during peace and war times. Also, this year witnessed the Galwan martyrs as a paid homage.


  • MAHAVIR CHAKRA – The second highest wartime gallantry award after the Paramvir Chakra.Also Col Santosh Babu of the 16 Bihar regiment given the Mahavir Chakra this year.
  • VIR CHAKRA –1. NB Sub Nuduram Soren, 16 Bihar (Posthumous)2. Hav K Palani, 81 FD Regt (Posthumous)3. Hav Tejinder Singh, 3 Med REGT

    4. NK Deepak Singh, AMC, 16 Bihar (Posthumous)

    5. Sep Gurtej Singh, 3 Punjab (Posthumous)


  • KIRTI CHAKRA – This year only one recipient. So the Sub Sanjiv Kumar, 4 Para(SF)(posthumous) holds this award.
  • SHAURYA CHAKRA – Three chakras awarded to Major Anuj Sood, Guards,21 RR(Posthumous), RFN Pranab Jyoti Das. Along with 6 Assam RIF, PTR Sonam Tshering Tamang, 4 PARA(SF).








Kritika Agarwal

2 thoughts on “72nd Republic Day : Here are all the Highlights and awardees list of 2021

  • Shreesh Shreesh

    Well compiled and summarised .

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    Great job💞


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