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Rejection of tableaux: Why's Centre so uncomfortable with opposition-ruled States?

Sree Narayana Guru
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* 
The Republic Day celebrations on January 26 will not have State tableaux from Tamilnadu, Kerala, West Bengal as well as Delhi. There might be possibility that some other States too would get the rejection slip.
Kerala had sent its tableau on Sree Narayana Guru, one of the iconic figures of the State, who fought against caste discrimination. West Bengal had proposed a tableau on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and other icons of the freedom movement, but the Central government was not very keen.
Tamil Nadu chief minister was disappointed, but said that the State's tableau will not only be exhibited at the Republic Day parade in Chennai but will be taken to various cities and districts of the State so that people understand Tamil Nadu's contribution to our freedom movement.
The question is: Why is the government so uncomfortable with the opposition-ruled States, and why should there be an 'expert' committee at all. Aren't States qualified enough to judge as to what could be the best to display.
Why shouldn't every State get an opportunity to display things it wants to portray at the Rajpath. This so-called selection process must be done away with. If we want to celebrate our Republic Day, then the focus must be more on people's programmes and aspirations, and less on the military might.
We all have an army and love it, but the Republic Day should do more with democratic values and cultural diversity of the country. It should be a festival to be celebrated by all. And Rajpath celebrations must reflect the cultural diversity of the country, including the role of various communities in building modern India.
The problem is that the ruling party wants to control even this national ceremony, which is cynical and disappointing. The agenda to dictate the States to send things as per the political ideology of the ruling party is unacceptable.
It should be left to the States to send their best things which encourage and strengthen the unity and integrity of the country. The Centre has no right to define as what should a State send and sit through an 'expert' panel to reject the State tableaux.
The Republic Day is our national festival, and we all should celebrate it in the true spirit of modern secular Constitution by encouraging diverse groups and ethnicity, both regional as well as linguistic, to portray their struggles and achievements to celebrate our diversity and republicanism.
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*Human rights defender

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