On the occasion of the nation's 70th Republic Day this Saturday, a number of true heroes of the country were featured and their stories told as part of a special #ProudToBeIndian broadcast.
As the 70th Republic Day commemorations unfolded, the country witnessed women at the forefront of the parade, consolidating their positions.
Etching these moments in history with a series of first-times, there was an all-women Assam Rifles contingent leading the display at the parade and even the contingents Navy, Army Services Corps and a unit of Corps of Signals was led by women officers. Also, four personnel of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army (INA) participated on the Republic Day parade this year, also for the first time. The four soldiers aged between 95 years to 100 years and they hail from nearby areas of Delhi-NCR.
The campaign was graced by Indians from different walks of life, who became an inspiration with their unstoppable spirit and courage.
Here's a list of those who were featured:
Commander Abhilash Tomy, showing indomitable spirit braved and survived storm while participating in the Golden Globe Race in 2018 and said that he thinking of his next race after a storm wrecked his boat during the Golden Globe Race event in 2018.
CRPF Assistant Commandant Gul Junaid Khan, initiated 'Madadgaar', a 24 hours multi-facet helpline for Kashmiris that caters to problems like blood donations, surgeries, domestic violence, eve teasing and so on
Meghna Girish, the mother of Major Akshay Girish Kumar who was martyred during the Nagrota terrorist attack that took place back in 2016. Her brave son, Major Akshay Girish Kumar, 'took multiple bullets and a grenade and fought to his last breath to save children, women and unarmed men' from terrorists.
CMO CRPF Dr. Mohammed Latif, who dedicated 21 years of his life to the nation and dodged the bullets to save the injured. The 52-year-old soldier along with his stethoscope moved from critical areas of Jammu & Kashmir to Naxal infested Chhattisgarh and Assam, to save the lives of those, who shield our borders
Kalam Sat Kids, who started their venture 'Space Kidz India', a team of 11 young students, have astonishingly created Kalamsat 2, a 3D-printed nanosatellite that cost a mere Rs 12 lakh and was launched from Indian Space Research Organization a few days back.
Darpan Inani, one of India's leading chess players and the only visually impaired Indian to win an international event in the sport, said, vision is needed, not visibility, to succeed. The chess master intends to become the first visually impaired Indian grandmaster
Abhinav Shaw, a 10-year-old, has taken the nation by storm with his unbelievable performance in shooting over the past year. Born in Asansol in West Bengal, the rising superstar is the youngest national champion in the sport.
Indian Naval officers, the brave hearts from Operation Madad', which was formed by the Indian Navy to help and save those stranded in the Kerala floods. The heroes from the Navy - Commander Jaishankar, Captain Sudeep Malik, Lt Commander Jayprakash, Commander Vijay Verma - spoke to Republic TV's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami
Indian National Army (INA) veteran, Lalta Ram ji reminisced his INA days, shared his thoughts on participating in the Republic Day parade and shared anecdotes of Subhash Chandra Bose, fondly called Netaji.
Salim Sheikh, an ordinary man undertook an extraordinary responsibility to save the lives of his passengers during the Amarnath Yatra terror attack on July 10, 2017, while driving his bus. He found the ceaseless valour to drive through the hail of bullets towards a military camp with just one motive in mind, to save the lives.
Sidhu Humanabade, a delivery executive with Swiggy, who risked his life and jumped in to save patients stranded in a massive fire tragedy in Kamgar hospital, last month.
Laxman Rao, the chaiwala, suffered various hardships in his life to make it as a writer and now even global websites sell his books. Even now, Rao cycles to ITO every day with his tea supplements, as he wants to save more, in order to publish books.
Jaswant Singh Gill, when two decades ago, in Meghalaya, 64 miners were trapped and stuck inside a coal mine, he was the Additional chief mining engineer then, took the responsibility upon himself and went inside the mine to rescue the miners.
Assam Rifle Contingent, scripting history, an all-women contingent of Assam Rifles participated in the parade led by Major Khushboo Kanwar. This is the country's oldest paramilitary force.
Women's ice hockey team is fully represented by players from Ladakh. The team members practise only for two months as long as the natural frozen ponds last and at the world’s highest ice. Despite the hardships, the team won two matches at Asia’s most high-profile ice hockey tournament in 2017, giving us reasons to be immensely proud of them.
Godavari Dange, gave a speech at the United Nations and that too in Marathi. Her work as the founder of a self-help group to motivate women into farming and other activities was hailed so much that even her lack of English-speaking skills didn’t pose a hurdle for her.