India celebrates 71st R-Day with displays of military prowess and cultural diversity

New Delhi: A sea of people converged on Rajpth here amid tight security on Jan 26 to celebrate India’s 71st Republic Day, marking India’s democratic constitution instituted in 1950.

During the annual parade, schoolchildren, folk dancers, and police and military battalions marched through New Delhi’s parade route, followed by a military hardware display.

The parade also included  floats highlighting India’s cultural diversity as people in colorful dresses performed traditional dances, drawing applause from the spectators.

The 90-minute event, broadcast live, was watched by millions of Indians on their television sets across the country.

Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro was the chief guest for this year’s celebrations.

He was accorded the ceremonial Guard of Honor by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

At the parade, the crowds watched keenly as mechanized columns of Indian tanks, rocket launchers, locally made nuclear-capable missile systems and other hardware rolled down the parade route and air force jets sped by overhead.

Before the parade, Modi paid homage to fallen soldiers at the newly built National War Memorial in New Delhi as the national capital was put under tight security cover. He was accompanied by the Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat along with the three service chiefs – Army Chief Gen M.M. Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria.

Image courtesy of PIB

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