Republic Day parade, under a new deal, each State can field tableau once in three years

Syllabus: GS-II;

Subject: Governance

Topic: Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure.

Issue: Republic Day Tableaux.

Context: The Defence Ministry has introduced a new plan for the Republic Day parade tableaux selection, aiming for equitable distribution among States and Union Territories (UTs).


  • Under this agreement, each State and UT will showcase their tableaux once in three years.
  • The proposal comes after repeated controversies and complaints over non-inclusion.
  • A three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been proposed, with 28 States signing it.
  • To encourage fresh talent, the Ministry of Culture empanelled 30 agencies for tableau design and fabrication.
  • The 2024 Republic Day parade includes 16 States and UTs, with those not selected invited to Bharat Parv.
  • The Expert Committee selected tableaux, while recent complaints from Punjab and Karnataka highlight ongoing tensions.
What are republic day tableaux?They are large, decorated floats designed and presented by states and union territories, as well as some ministries and departments of the central government.

These tableaux showcase the unique cultural heritage, achievements, and aspirations of each participating entity.

Republic Day celebrations are incomplete without colourful tableaux cantering down Kartavya Path (formally Rajpath)

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