India since the very first Republic Day in 1950 has been inviting the foreign dignitaries as the ‘guests of honour’ to the event. Since then, India has come a long way and seen heads of different countries participate at the annual event which not only shows India’s rising defence capabilities but also its rich cultural heritage.
After the change in dispensation in 2014, the tradition of inviting the guests has continued, but with slight change of not making random choices rather making smart choices. If the foreign dignitaries invited in the last 5 years are to be seen, there appears to be a pattern where the choice of guests is in sync with India’s redefined foreign policy and the narrative that India wants to set across the world.
Here we attempt to decode the pattern.