India marks Republic Day with grand show of military might & cultural diversity (VIDEOS)
Before the parade kicked off down the iconic Rajpath boulevard in downtown Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid a wreath at the newly built National War Memorial for the first time instead of doing so at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial, dedicated to the heroes of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
The PM also met with Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro, who was the chief guest at the ceremony.
President Ram Nath Kovind, meanwhile, addressed the nation. "As India and Indians march forward, we remain committed to engaging the global community to build a secure and prosperous future for ourselves and for the entire humanity," he said.Also on rt.com ‘Major’ terrorist attack planned for India’s Republic Day foiled after 3 militants killed in Kashmir
The procession featured T-90 Bhishma main battle tanks, a Russian design that was tailored for the Indian Army and assembled locally. They were followed by Ballway Machine Pikate infantry combat vehicles.
Here is mechanized column led by T90 Bheeshma Main Battle Tanks; Its 125 mm guns can shred any enemy to pieces This is followed by Infantry Combat Vehicle#RepublicDay2020#RepublicDaypic.twitter.com/Hvy6OUUZBe— PIB India (@PIB_India) January 26, 2020
The army showcased its Akash mobile anti-air missile systems, as well as a new anti-satellite weapon, which was tested under the codename Mission Shakti.
They announced that #India will not be threatened from space...and they said it with a thunderous bang...!!!@DRDO_India displaying Anti-Satellite Weapon...Mission Shakti#RepublicDay2020#RepublicDayIndiapic.twitter.com/xg7KSIQ1w6— PIB India (@PIB_India) January 26, 2020
The marching columns included elite airborne troops and naval officers.
The border guards rode on camels.
They are our first line of defense....These camel mounted soldiers of @BSF_India contingent are all over 6 feet tall and sport similar styled mustaches Over 75 different items dress these camels and riders to present this riot of colors #RepublicDay2020#RepublicDayIndiapic.twitter.com/K0mIT4yjtt— PIB India (@PIB_India) January 26, 2020
Captain Tania Shergill became the first woman to lead an all-male column.
Capt. Tanya Shergill Makes History, Becomes 1st Woman Parade Adjutant Leading All-Men Contingents at India's 71st Republic day parade. She is the 4th generation of her family..@IndINDIANARMY#RepublicDayParade2020#RepublicDay#womenempowermentpic.twitter.com/6eGSck5wC7— Pradeep kumar🔬🏛🐝🐝 (@malpkumar) January 26, 2020
The troops were followed by colorful floats, each representing different regions of India.
With a theme of Back to Village, here is the tableau of Union Territory of #JammuAndKashmir followed by Punjab, showcasing 550th birth anniversary of Sri #GuruNanakDev Ji#RepublicDay2020#RepublicDaypic.twitter.com/o2e5dM65iS— PIB India (@PIB_India) January 26, 2020
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