Odisha officers make State proud at national R-Day celebrations

Bhubaneswar: As India’s military might and rich cultural diversity were in full display during the dazzling 68th Republic Day celebrations in the national capital, Odisha boys made the State proud by showing their exemplary leading qualities during the event, which had Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the Chief Guest.

When the first contingent of 61 Cavalry was passing the saluting base in Rajpath, Captain Pritam Mishra of Bolangir proved his leadership skills by leading the contingent. This is the only serving active horse regiment in the world. Sources said this is the first time an officer from Odisha led the contingent during the event.

Similarly, for the first time in the history of Republic Day celebrations, the ‘black cat’ commandos of the elite counter-terror force NSG marched down the majestic Rajpath. The group had two from Odisha- Deputy Commandant Pitabas Panda and Major Ashis Mohanty, who belong to Bargarh and Rourkela, respectively.

“It was truly a proud moment for me to lead such a beautiful contingent. And I am proud that I am from Odisha,” said a delighted Mishra.

Besides, Odisha’s Dola Yatra was depicted in the tableau of the State at the Republic Day parade today. Dola Yatra is a popular festival celebrated by the people in the state during the time of Holi festival in February-March. The Dola festival signifies the journey of Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna for ultimate union in tradition of the Bhakti cult.

The front portion of the Odisha tableau depicted symbolic worship of Lord Krishna in a colourful swing while people in a procession playing traditional instruments and worshipping the deity made up the rear.