‘Jai Hind’, Modi wishes nation on Republic Day

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the citizens of India as the country marked its 72nd Republic Day.

In a tweet both in English and Hindi, the Prime Minister said: “Wishing all the people of India a Happy Republic Day… Jai Hind.”

Modi sported a special red ‘Pagdi’ (turban) gifted by the royal family of Jamnagar, on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day.

Continuing his tradition of wearing ethnic turbans on Republic Day, the Prime Minister was seen wearing the traditional headgear while leading the nation in paying tributes to fallen soldiers by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial at the India Gate and during his presence at the parade.

The red turban with yellow dots, was the first such turban that was gifted to the Prime Minister by the royal family of Jamnagar in Gujarat.

Last year, Modi had donned a saffron-coloured ‘Bandhej’ headgear. In 2014, the Prime Minister had chosen a Jodhpuri ‘Bandhej pagdi’ which was bright red with a green trail for his first Independence Day speech.

Besides, the Prime Minister wore his traditional kurta, pajama, jacket and shawl with the red turban gifted by the royal family.

The Prime Minister and other dignitaries headed to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the 90-minute Republic Day parade ceremony which started as usual at 9.43 a.m. with the Presidential Guard escorting President Ram Nath Kovind from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the saluting dais.

Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the National War Memorial in New Delhi, and paying tributes to the fallen soldiers at India Gate.

Image courtesy of (Photos: PIB)

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