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IN PHOTOS: The majestic Republic Day parade

January 26, 2014 12:31 IST

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New Delhi on Sunday hosted the biggest spectacle of the year -- the Republic Day parade. 

Giving every Indian a reason to be proud of, the nation displayed its military prowess, its rich and unique cultural diversities at the historic Rajpath. Here's a glimpse of the celebrations of New Delhi and the other parts of the country. 

Multi-hued images of India's rich cultural heritage, its achievements in diverse fields and military prowess were on majestic display at the magnificent Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, in New Delhi on Sunday as the nation celebrated its 65th Republic Day amid tight security.

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Image: A policewoman attends the Republic Day parade
Photographs: Danish Ismail/Reuters

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Marching down from the seat of power at Raisina Hills to Red Fort, the parade showcased India's 'unity in diversity' and defence capability as thousands of spectators along the eight-km-long route cheered the contingents and the mechanised columns.

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Image: Indian Army's T-90 tank during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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The well-turned out and synchronised military and police contingents led by General Officer Commanding (Delhi), Lt General Subroto Mitra, marched proudly to the lilting tunes of bands through Rajpath where President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Pranab Mukherjee took the salute.

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Image: Army soldiers march the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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The march past was watched by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the chief guest of the Republic Day celebration, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the country's top political and military brass, besides the diplomatic community.

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Image: Army soldiers during the parade in New Delhi
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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Braving the winter chill, a large number of enthusiastic people came to witness the parade that culminated at the historic Mughal monument of Red Fort.

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Image: A bird flies below Indian Air Force aircraft taking part in the Republic Day parade
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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Minutes before the parade began, the prime minister, Defence Minister A K Antony and chiefs of army, navy and air force laid wreaths at 'Amar Jawan Jyoti', the war memorial at the India Gate where an eternal flame burns in memory of those who laid down their lives defending the frontiers of the nation.

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Image: The Indian President's Body Guards, mounted on their horses, take part in the Republic Day parade
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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A massive ground-to-air security apparatus was put in place in the national capital to ensure an incident-free Republic Day celebrations.

Snipers of National Security Guard were deployed at all high-rises along the parade route.

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Image: Army soldiers during the Republic Day parade
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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Around 25,000 security personnel were deployed across the city while the commandos of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Delhi police kept vigil at important locations.

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Image: A Border Security Force soldier rides his camel during a rehearsal for the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony'
Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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The unfurling of the tricolour by President Pranab Mukherjee and playing of the national anthem were followed by a customary 21-gun salute. Among others who witnessed the parade at Rajpath was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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Image: Army soldiers march for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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The parade began shortly after Mukherjee and Abe arrived at the saluting base at Rajpath escorted by the President's bodyguards riding bedecked horses.

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Image: The ITBP marching contingent passes through Rajpath during the parade
Photographs: PIB
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Before commencement of the parade, Sub Inspector K Prasad Babu of Andhra Pradesh's counter-Maoist force was posthumously conferred the highest peacetime gallantry award Ashok Chakra.

Babu was honoured for an anti-Naxal operation during which he led an assault unit of Greyhounds (anti-Naxal force of Andhra Pradesh) near the Andhra-Chhattisgarh border.

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Image: The Coast Guard marching contingent passes through Rajpath
Photographs: PIB

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The main attractions of the parade were scintillating show of air power, fascinating tableaux depicting the diverse culture and dance by colourfully dressed schoolchildren.

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Image: The tableau of Ministry of Railways arrives during the parade
Photographs: PIB
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A highlight of this year's parade was the display of India's first indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas. Tejas is a fourth generation, supersonic, multi-role combat aircraft designed and developed by DRDO.

Main battle tank Arjun MK-II, the first indigenously designed and developed tank, also referred to as 'Desert Ferrari' for its excellent mobility, was also on display.

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Image: The tableau of Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Photographs: PIB

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The recently inducted transport aircraft C-130J Super Hercules, which is optimised for undertaking special operations, and the gigantic C-17 Globemaster, a heavy lift, long-range aircraft, were major attractions of this year's flypast.

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Image: The tableau of Rajasthan arrives at the parade
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DRDO displayed the 'Astra' and 'Helina' missiles, models of an underwater vehicle, mini UAV-NETRA, tracked surveillance vehicle Muntra S and unmanned aerial vehicle-'Nishant'.

The weaponry put on display by the Indian Army included T-90 tank 'Bheeshma', multi-launcher rocket system Smerch, Brahmos weapon system and transportable satellite terminals.

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Image: The tableau of Arunachal Pradesh arrives at the parade
Photographs: PIB

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A fly-past by the Advanced Light Helicopter 'Dhruv' of the Army Aviation Corps drew loud cheers from the spectators.          

The marching contingents of the army included horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the Parachute Regiment, Punjab Regiment, Madras Regiment, Rajputana Rifles, Mahar Regiment, Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, 9 Gorkha Rifles and 103 Infantry Battalion.

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Image: The tableau of the Ministry of Agriculture at the parade
Photographs: PIB

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The Indian Air Force tableau presented the story of its transformation over the past eight decades, highlighting its fighting prowess.


Image: School children wave flags during the Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati, Assam


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