There is a palpable excitement among members of the Ladakh for the Republic Day Parade as the young union territory is all set to make its debut in the extravaganza on Rajpath with a beautiful tableau depicting the iconic Thikse Monastery and its cultural heritage.
“Our tableau will be showcased for the first time on Rajpath in the grand parade. We had struggled to get a separate UT status and that aspiration was fulfilled in 2019 and we had celebrated it in Ladakh. And, now as an independent UT, with our own identity, we will be taking part in the ceremonial event. We feel very happy,” said Diksit Palmo, who hails from Leh.
Ms Palmo says she also was part of the contingent of the then state of Jammu & Kashmir in 2015, but this time, “our identity is our own”.
“The Ladakh tableau highlights the vision for Ladakh to be carbon-neutral, and exemplary for the world. It also showcases the Indian Astronomical Observatory, located in Hanle near Leh, one of the world’s highest sites for optical, infrared an gamma-ray telescopes,” according to the tableaux details shared by the officials.