| Workers get Gandhi Maidan ready for the Republic Day function and (right) the Bihar tableau at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2013. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Sixth time miss. Bihar’s tableau, after making it to the Rajpath for five consecutive years, would be missing from the Republic Day parade in Delhi this year.
The proposal sent by the state government to the Centre has been rejected. The information and public relations department had proposed three tableau themes this year — Sher Shah, the great administrator, Vikramshila, an ancient educational centre, and the 10th Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh. But none could impress the selection committee under the defence ministry.
The theme for the state tableaux in 2013 was “Mithila ka Sikki art”.
Sikki is a traditional folk craft of the Mithila region.
“We had sent our proposal for the state’s tableau for the Republic Day parade in July last year. Several meetings were held in July and August but we recently got to know that our proposal has not been selected,” said a senior official of the information and public relations department.
According to sources, the entries sent by states have to pass three rounds of scrutiny by the selection committee. Asked about the reason behind the rejection of Bihar’s proposed tableau, the department official said: “Though the central committee did not cite any reason for rejecting our proposal, normally, the criteria set for selection of tableau are quite stringent. They usually look for three parameters — international branding, national integration and aesthetic value.”
The theme for the state’s tableau in 2012 was “Dharhara ki Beti”. Dharhara is a village in Bhagalpur district, which is famous for its tradition of families planting tree saplings on the birth of the girl child.
So, while other states would take out tableau at the Republic Day parade in the national capital this year, Bihar would have to be content with displaying its pride on the historic Gandhi Maidan in the city.
The theme for the Republic Day function at Gandhi Maidan this year is “Nyay Ke Saath Samaveshi Vikas (all-round development along with justice)”. Twelve departments have been given approval to display their tableaux during the parade. The rehearsals are on and the dress rehearsal would be done on January 24.
The development commissioner heads the selection committee for the January 26 tableaux in the city.
“Around 15 departments and undertakings of the state government had sent their proposals for taking out their tableaux at the Gandhi Maidan parade. Based on the scrutiny of their proposals, 12 have been selected,” said a senior official in the Patna district administration.
Sources claimed that the security at Gandhi Maidan would also be more stringent this year following the serial blasts during BJP’s Hunkar Rally on October 27.
“Police would install an adequate number of closed-circuit television cameras at Gandhi Maidan on Republic Day. No one would be allowed to enter the Maidan without invitation card,” said the administrative official.