Great expectations I have as the 66th Republic Day approaches. It has been a matter of honour for me to do the running commentary on the electronic media in Hindi on the august national event, the Republic Day Parade, year after year for the last four decades plus.
Come 26 January 2015 and the Rajpath will be all decked up for the Republic Day Parade. President Pranab Mukherjee will take the salute of the Defence Forces contingents. Barack Obama, President of USA will be the Chief Guest for the Republic Day this year. PM Narendra Modi will be on the rostrum. Before the Parade PM Narendra Modi will pay homage to Martyrs at the Amar Jawan, India Gate.
Once upon a time China had no shortage of girls and did not have to import brides as is being done in the twenty first century. In the heyday of Imperial China the Emperor had many women consorts besides the real queen consort and numerous concubines. The ministers, court officials, generals and colonels followed suit.
Maharshi Swami Dayanand Saraswati, who brought in a religious renaissance in the 19th century India, in his principal work Satyarth Prakash (Light of Truth) has dwelt at length on the question of national defence in the sixth chapter. The sixth chapter is basically about good governance and, of course, national defence is an integral part of good governance.