INDIA. Mumbai: As India will be celebrating the 75th year of Independence on August 15 (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav), to offer a platform to connect Indians from the world over to celebrate the National Festival, Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar launched a
Website on the Independence Day Celebrations 2021 (IDC)-
https://indianidc2021.mod.gov.in, in New Delhi on Tuesday. The mobile app of the IDC 2021 platform will be launched soon.
The platform is freely accessible to all and provides updates and information regarding activities centred around the IDC 2021. It encompasses the entire Indian diaspora as if they were a part of the celebrations in person. It is an attempt to engage people of all ages, especially the youth, an official statement said. For the first time, the platform will live stream the Independence Day Celebrations from the majestic Red Fort on August 15, in Virtual Reality (VR) 360 degree format. People can use this feature with or without VR Gadget.
The platform also provides features like a special IDC Radio, Gallery, Interactive filters, E-books on deeds of Gallantry, 50 years of 1971 victory, and Blogs on the Freedom Movement, Wars, and War Memorials. Netizens can also log on to know the information related to the Independence Day event including the minute-to-minute program, route map, parking details, RSVP, and details of other activities. The program calendar for all initiatives taken by various ministries to mark the occasion is also available on the platform.
Around 40 events are being organized
Around 40 events are being organized across the country by the Armed Forces and various other segments of the Ministry of Defence, including Border Roads Organisation (BRO), National Cadet Corps (NCC), and Indian Coast Guard (ICG). Under the unique web-based RSVP system, a QR code will be affixed on each invitation card which is to be scanned by the invitee using his/her smartphone. On scanning the QR code, a web link will be generated through which the invitee will be directed to the web portal. On the portal, invitees can submit their willingness to attend the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar said, the platform aims to imbibe the culture of togetherness among the masses so that they can celebrate this landmark occasion and unite under the common identity of being Indians. He shed light on the number of activities planned in the run-up to IDC 2021, including all women mountaineering expedition at Mount Manirang, 75 Medical Camps being organized by BRO, and statue cleaning activities to be carried by NCC cadets at 75 places across the country.
Dr. Ajay Kumar added that people will soon be able to pay online tribute to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial (NWM) in New Delhi. Interactive kiosks are being set up at NWM where people can pay homage to the brave hearts through digital means, he stated. The Defence Secretary also said that motivational talks with gallantry awardees or their next-to-kin and Veer Naris 9brave women) are also being organized as part of the IDC 2021. The details of the events are available on the website.