India celebrates 64th Republic Day, showcases military might

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Mechanised Infantry marching contingent passes through the Rajpath during the 64th Republic Day Parade
New Delhi: Indians across the world steeped in the spirit of patriotism as they celebrated the Republic Day with great fervour on Saturday to mark 64 years since the establishment of the Indian constitution.

A mesmerising view of the country’s rich cultural heritage and military expertise were on display at the Republic Day parade, presided over by the President Pranab Mukherjee for the first time as head of state, which last for over an hour-and-a-half, had the King of Bhutan as its chief guest.

The nation's achievements were highlighted in various fields through its military prowess, a scintillating display of its air power and its rich and diverse cultural heritage.

The parade ceremony commenced at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the nation in paying homage to martyrs by laying a floral wreath.

Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King 
of Bhutan, Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries at the Salami 
Manch on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations at Rajpath 

With the three service chiefs in attendance, Manmohan Singh was greeted on arrival at the World War I monument by Defence Minister AK Antony.

The Last Post was sounded by tri-services guard of honour and was followed by a reverse of arms and two minutes silence in honour of the martyred defence personnel

Thereafter, the tricolour was unfurled and the national anthem was played.

The country showed its military strength with the MBT Arjun Tank, Armoured Ambulance Tracked Vehicle, BrahMos missiles and 214 mm Pinaka rockets, 15 metre Sarvatra Bridging System.

General Officer Commanding (Delhi) Lt. General Subroto Mitra led the synchronised military and police contingents, as they marched to the cheerful tunes of bands through Rajpath, where President Pranab Mukherjee took the salute for the first time after assuming office in July last year.

The highlight of this year's parade was the above 5,000 kms range Agni-V missile.

Agni-V missile raging 5,000 km was the highlights of the Parade.  

The impressive march past was the beautiful sight of event as it was wiutnessed by the Bhutan King, Indian Prime Minister comprising top political and military brass.

On the vary day the capital was turned into a virtual fortress for the Republic Day celebrations with the top class security arrangements by police and other parliamentary forces.

After the customary 21-gun salute and unfurling of the tricolour by President Mukherjee, the spectacle began with four Army helicopters flying above Rajpath carrying the national flag and the three flags of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Before heading back to the saluting base on Rajpath to welcome Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, chief guest at the Republic Day Parade, and other VIPs, Manmohan Singh signed the Visitor's Book.
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