Siddaramaiah cites ‘Karnataka pride’ in letter to Rajnath Singh over Republic Day parade tableau rejection

The chief minister expressed displeasure at the Union government and said the state had been a part of the parade for the past 14 years.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 11, 2024 | 9:15 PMUpdatedJan 11, 2024 | 9:16 PM

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. (Siddaramaiah.Official/Facebook)

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written to the Union government to allow State’s tableau in the Republic Day Parade.

Following the rejection of Karnataka’s tableau in the Republic Day Parade at “Kartavya Path” this year, Siddaramaiah wrote to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

In his letter dated 11 November, he requested Singh to allow the state to showcase its tableau, themed “Brand Bengaluru”.

In the letter, the chief minister expressed displeasure over the Union government rejecting the state’s tableau and said Karnataka had been taking part in the Republic Day parade for the past 14 years.

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‘Hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas’

Sharing the letter in a post on X, Siddaramaiah said, “Denying Karnataka’s tableau in the Republic Day parade isn’t just an oversight; it’s a blow to our state’s pride. Our achievements deserve the national stage.”

He also said the decision had hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas.

“The exclusion has met with strong disappointment by the people of Karnataka. To avoid hurting the sentiments of seven crore Kannadigas, it is requested to allow Karnataka to showcase its tableau themed ‘Brand Bengaluru’ in the Republic Day Parade 2024 at the Kartavya Path…,” he said.

The theme “Brand Bengaluru” was selected from among the five themes proposed by Karnataka for the 2024 Republic Day parade.

“Karnataka has won numerous prizes for its tableau in the Republic Day Parades with various themes such as Maha Mastakabhishek of Bhagwan Baahubali (2005), Architecture of Hoysala (2008), Bidari Art of Bidar (2011), Bhootaradhane (2012), Channapattana Toys (2015) and Traditional Art Forms of Karnataka (2022). Each tableau of Karnataka has been showcasing rich culture, folklore and traditions of the state,” he said in the letter.

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‘Depicts development of Bengaluru’

He said that the tableau has been accommodated in the “Bharat Parv” section at the Red Fort instead of the parade at Kartavya Path.

“The state had presented the key model and the music before the selection committee and it had asked us to attend the next meeting with certain modifications. However, after the last round of meeting, Karnataka has not been included in the 2024 Republic Day parade to be conducted at Kartavya Path. Instead, the tableau has been accommodated in the ‘Bharat Parv’ section at the Red Fort,” Siddaramaiah said.

According to him, the tableau, themed “Brand Bengaluru” depicts how the iconic city of Bengaluru has leapfrogged in development and yet is firmly rooted in its culture and tradition.

“The state’s contribution to ‘Vikasit Bharat’ is immense – be it technology, entrepreneurship or tax contribution. The grand Terminal-2 of the Kempe Gowda International Airport is the newest feather in its cap. It has been declared as one of the most beautiful airports in the world by UNESCO,” the chief minister pointed out.