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India Shows its Power at Republic Day Parade

 
  Jawans are marching at Rajpath

The colourful images of the cultural and diversity, the valor of the military forces and the proud achievements of the country were unfolded before the nation during the 71st Republic Day celebrations which had Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as the Chief Guest. Thousands of spectators gathered around the Rajpath watching the spectacular Republic Day Parade showcasing India's Unity in Diversity.

The national capital was covered with a full proof security blanket offering a high hawks vigil in and around the Rajpath. First, Prime Minister Narendra Modi payed homage to the fallen soldiers at the National War Memorial. This year, for the first time, the wreath laying ceremony was held at newly built National War Memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti beneath the India Gate arch.

The parade began shortly after the arrival of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and arrival of President of India Ram Nath Kovind along with the Chief Guest Jair Bolsonaro. The National flag was hoisted by the President of India and the playing of the national anthem was followed by the customary 21 gun salute. President Jair Bolsonaro was seated next to the President Ram Nath Kovind. The two leaders chatted and enjoyed the annual spectacle. On many occasions a smiling Brazilian President was seen nodding in appreciation during the conversation. Another key highlight of the 71st Republic Day Parade was inclusion of the Dhanush artillery gun for the first time. The Dhanush Artillery Guns are being produced by Ordnance Factory Board under the flagship project of Make in India'. The Republic Day Fly Past consisted of 41 aircrafts of the IAF including 16 fighter jets, 10 transport aircrafts and 4 Helicopters of the Army Aviation Wing. 16 tableau from states and 6 from ministries took part in the parade. Apart from Dhanush, the parade also saw K9 Vajra, another indigenous gun system inducted in the Indian Army, displayed at Rajpath. Captain Tanya Shergil, a fourth generation Army Officer led an all–male marching contingent of the Indian Army Corps of Signals. The motto of the Corps is "Teevra Chaukas".

 
  The President, Ram Nath Kovind, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu with the President of the Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, at the Ceremonial Reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan at Republic Day



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