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India celebrates its 71st R-Day with colourful parades

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
January 26, 2020 18:36 IST

A magnificent display of India's cultural diversity through colourful parades across the length and breadth of the country marked the 71st Republic Day celebrations on Sunday which passed off peacefully, barring in Upper Assam, which was rocked by four explosions within a span of 10 minutes.

IMAGE: Students hold national flag as they march-past on the occasion of 71st Republic Day in Jaipur. Photograph: PTI Photo

The national capital was under a multi-layered, ground-to-air security cover with thousands of armed personnel, aided by dozens of drones and hundreds of CCTV cameras and facial recognition devices, keeping a tight vigil.

 

In Guwahati, Governor Jagdish Mukhi hoisted the National Flag at the main function. He said the Assam government is fully committed to the rights of indigenous people though he did not mention the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in his speech.

Meanwhile, four powerful explosions - three in Dibrugarh and one in Charaideo districts - rocked Upper Assam between 8.15 and 8.25 am, a police officer said.

But there has been no report of any casualty, he said.

IMAGE: Policemen take part in Republic Day parade in Srinagar. Photograph: Danish Ismail/Reuters

In Jammu-Kashmir, the day was celebrated with traditional fervour across the Jammu region with Lt Governor G C Murmu unfurling the national flag at the main function in Jammu.

This was the first Republic Day after Jammu and Kashmir's special status was withdrawn on August 5 last year and the erstwhile state was divided into two Union Territories.

Murmu unfurled the tricolour at the jam-packed Maulana Azad Stadium, inspected the parade and took salute at an impressive march-past.

IMAGE: BSF soldiers offer sweets to each other during 71st Republic Day celebrations, at Indo-Pak border at Attari, near Amritsar. Photograph: PTI Photo

In Telangana, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said in her speech that the state stood first in many sectors, but it was lagging behind in literacy. "The government will soon announce an action-plan to make the state fully literate. I urge all people to participate in this movement," she said.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi hoisted the tricolour and read the Preamble of the Constitution in the old city of Hyderabad, party sources said.

IMAGE: Policewomen march during a parade on the occasion of 71st Republic Day in Prayagraj. Photograph: PTI Photo

Meanwhile, the national carrier Air India celebrated the 71st Republic Day by distributing 30,000 Indian flags made of eco-friendly seed paper among its passengers at airports in metro cities and Srinagar on Sunday.

The airlines also put up a big hoarding at the historic Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar to congratulate the people on Republic Day.

IMAGE: School students paint their faces with tri-colors during the celebrations for Republic Day in Jammu. Photograph: ANI Photo

In Kerala, leading the Republic Day celebrations, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said Indian-ness has been rooted in diversity and in acceptance of which the country has always sheltered the persecuted people of the world.

Khan unfurled the national flag at the state-level celebration.

Mosques under the Wakf Board and the Latin churches hoisted the national flag and read out the preamble to the Constitution after the routine prayer.

In Chhattisgarh, in her Republic Day address at the Police Parade grounds in Raipur, Governor Anusuiya Uikey said Naxal violence and other crimes have declined in the state due to vigilant police force and several initiatives in justice delivery.

IMAGE: A man dressed as Mahatma Gandhi participates in Republic Day celebrations in Chandigarh. Photograph: Ajay Verma/Reuters

In Gujarat, daredevil stunts performed by police personnel on motorcycles and horses, tableaux showing achievements of the state and cultural events marked the Republic Day event held at Rajkot in Saurashtra.

A group of senior citizens and children unfurled the tricolour by standing in sea water off Porbandar coast, while students of Jamnagar took out a 'tiranga yatra' holding 111-metre long national flag.

In Uttar Pradesh, 71 contingents comprising the army, paramilitary, police and schoolchildren dressed in uniforms and attires marched through the streets here to celebrate the 71st Republic Day.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit led the celebrations in the state, unfurling the national flag at the Marina.

IMAGE: Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath during the flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of Republic Day. Photograph: PTI Photo

In Meghalaya, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma shared with people his government's vision for the state for the next 10 years. In a departure from tradition, the chief minister unfurled the Tricolour as Governor Tathagata Roy was currently on leave.

Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad said the state has become a model for others to emulate for
maintaining peace and harmony.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said connecting people's hearts is the culture of India as well as the Congress, and those trying to go against it and the Constitution will be dealt with firmly.

Andhra Pradesh is poised to march on the path of inclusive growth through decentralisation of administration, Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan said.

IMAGE: Artistes perform during the 71st Republic Day Parade at Veterinary College Playground, Khanapara in Guwahati. Photograph: PTI Photo

Republic Day was celebrated with fanfare in Karnataka with an eye-catching march past, cultural events and breathtaking stunts by the defence personnel marking the state-level event at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground.

In West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar unfurled the tricolour and presided over a ceremonial march past by armed forces at Red Road in the state capital.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who attended the programme along with her cabinet colleagues, greeted the governor, after the conclusion of the programme.

Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh joined the nation in celebrating the 71st Republic Day.

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