Republic Day celebrated in India on 26th January every year has a great influence over all Indians and also it’s an honorable occasion for the chief guests invited to be greeted on the day and show different parts of World the power of India in different sectors.Before discussing the details about different guests invited on Republic Day we must focus on knowing the significance of one of the national holiday of India. On 26th January in 1950 India was bestowed with its own republic that demonstrates India’s constitution, laws, and orders, duties of the general public as well as rights of the citizen of India.The question now clicks in mind why only 26th January was selected as Day of India’s Republic celebration, there can be 27 or 28 or any other month. According to deciding body that formulated India’s Republic, freedom fighters declared India’s Independence far back in 1930 on 26th January. As victory to their terms and words, they decided to honor the crucial date as India’s Republic Day. The Committee headed by Dr. B.R Ambedkar to draft a permanent constitution, the committee took three years to formulate the constitution that has ‘something for everyone’. Celebrating largest written Constitution throughout the World, India showcases its power and diversity to the world on this day.National Capital Region and one of the most popular monumental site India Gate is chosen as the ground for Republic Day Parade. The most powerful and awaited part of Republic Day Parade is a demo of new power added to Indian safety measures and honorable persons around the World invited to the Parade as Chief Guests.
Last 10 years has seen more and more powerful personalities around the world to enroll India’s Republic Day Parade. There is the list of honorable chief guests of last 10 years. The Chief Guest for the Parade is chosen after a deliberation based on strategic, economic and political interests.
10. President Nicolas Sarkozy, France (Year 2008)
Standing at the top amongst the list of developed country and a great support to India in security deals and technology based deals. Nicolas Sarkozy the former President of France also tagged Republic Day Parade ‘treat to eyes’. France is India’s greatest support to fight against Terrorism.
9. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan (Year 2009)
Kazakhstan is the largest country that was part of former Soviet republics, India’s relationship with Kazakhstan are always termed as warm and helpful. President Nursultan’s presence in 2009 republic Day Parade hints the same, Kazakhstan’s friendship and commerce relationships are important as it is central Asia’s part with extensive oil, minerals and natural gas.
8. President Lee Myung Bak, South Korea (Year 2010)
India never forgets South Korea’s extensive help and progress in trade collaboration with India after 1997 Asia Financial Crises, limited but progressive relationship with South Korea was thanked as former President Lee Myung Bak was invited for the Republic Day Parade in 2006.
7. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia (Year 2011)
India and Indonesia share boundary to the Andaman and Nicobar region, it is important for India to share a good relationship with neighbors. Giving preference to Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the chief guest of 2011 Republic Day Parade, after not being top in the world shows India’s gratitude for its neighbors.
6. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand (Year 2012)
Relationships of both the nations sharing maritime border linking to the Andaman sea region, the year 2001 started bilateral trade, economic and high-level visits from both sides of the nation that leads in the year 2012 to invite Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
5. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Bhutan (2013)
India has always shared a warm relationship with the Himalayan border sharing country Bhutan, the bilateral relationship includes Defense, trade and financial support to Bhutan. Bhutan and India are also traditionally close with each other.
4. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan (2014)
One of the leading nation in terms of development and sustainable use of technology, Japan has shown great support to India at International level and the way Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepted India’s invitation for Republic Day parade shows India-Japan warm relationship.
3. President Barack Obama, United States of America (2015)
Republic Day of 2015 was special for India as it was the first time President of U.S.A attended an outdoor ceremony for over an hour show, the most powerful President in World admired the power of Indian army and decorated performances. Obama attended the parade with First Lady Mitchell Obama.
2. President Francois Hollande, France (2016)
President of France visited India as Chief Guest of Republic Day Parade for the second time in last 5 years shows India’s gain in the political spectrum. India seeks Defense help from France and the visit helped India to gain the same.
1. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince Abu Dhabi (2017)
Ministry of External Affairs has recently announced that Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief Guest for Year 2017. The participation of Prince will be a gain for India at Trade and Tourism level.