NEW DELHI: Elaborate security arrangements are in place across the country for the Republic Day…
New Delhi: India’s military prowess and multi-hued images of the country’s rich cultural diversity and achievements in various fields were on display at the majestic Rajpath on Tuesday during 67th Republic Day parade which was graced by French President Francois Hollande as the chief guest.
Thousands of people on both sides of the imposing Rajpath, India’s ceremonial boulevard facing the seat of power Raisina Hills, braved the winter chill and cheered loudly as the marching contingents and tableux went past them.
Hollande was seated between President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who wore a marigold coloured ‘safa'(turban). Modi was seen explaining things to Hollande on several occasions during the one-and-a-half-hour-long event.
This year the duration of the parade has been curtailed from more than two hours to 90 minutes.
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A French military contingent also marched down the Rajpath, a first by any foreign armed force. In 2009, an Indian contingent had also participated in France’s annual Bastille Day parade.
The ‘Globe’ formation at RepublicDayParade, comprising one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30s.
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Indian Army dogs marched in the Republic Day Parade this year after 26 years. A bunch of Labradors and German shepherds were seen marching with their handlers.
It was in 1990 that the army dog squad was last seen participating in Republic Day parade and before that it was in 1963.
Tank T-90 Bhishm, Indian Army’s main battle tanks, displayed at Rajpath. It can fire four types of ammunition.T-90 Bhishm, Indian Army’s main battle tanks, displayed at Rajpath. It can fire four types of ammunition.
French contingent marching in the parade.
This is the first time when a foreign army marched down the Rajpath along with Indian troops as part of the Republic Day celebrations.
The regiment has as many as 12 battle honours to its credit. The battalion has varied combat experiences, having served in Algeria, Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan, amongst other places.
Republic day parade
Prime Minister Modi paid tribute at the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, the memorial dedicated to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in service of the nation.
French President Francois Hollande, who is the Chief Guest of this year arrives at Rajpath.
For the first time ever, the Republic Day parade will witness a tableau by the ex-servicemen where the Army veterans will showcase their role in building the nation.
Ex-servicemen and six from various ministries will be part of the traditional tableaus.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hoists national flag at his residence in Delhi.
PM Modi greets nation on Republic Day
Taking to micro-blogging site, PM Modi tweeted, ” Republic Day greetings to all my fellow Indians.”
He further added, “Tributes to all great personalities who framed our Constitution. I salute Dr. Ambedkar for his efforts as Chairman of Drafting Committee.”