India will not invite any foreign dignitary to be the Chief Guest at the upcoming Republic Day celebrations, the official spokesperson of External Affairs said.

Due to the global COVID – 19 situation it has been decided that this year there will not be a foreign Head of state of Government as the Chief Guest for the Republic Day event. The announcement comes after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his visit to India to attend the Republic Day parade as the Chief Guest.

The last time such a situation arose was in 1961 when no Chief Guest was present at the event which was held days after the demise of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent and the death of Nuclear Scientist Homi Bhabha in aircraft crash.

This is fourth time in history 1966, 1953 and 1952 that no foreign guest will be present at the Republic Day.

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