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Republic Day 2021: India Celebrates 72 Years Of Sovereignty With Display Of Cultural, Economic & Military Might

New Delhi: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, India celebrates her 72nd Republic Day today with a shortened programme at Rajpath in Delhi.

This year, the biggest ceremonial event of the nation witnesses several firsts, including a shorter route for the parade, fewer spectators, no chief guest, no motorcycle stunts, no bravery awards, smaller marching contingents, no children below 15 and elderly with comorbidities in the annual parade.

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Rafale aircraft showcases India’s mighty firepower carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’ with a speed of 900 kmph as the R-Day parade in Delhi comes to an end.

Bajasal dance troop from Kalahandi of Odisha adds beauty to R-Day Parade in Delhi with their mesmerizing performance.

A tableau designed after the theme ‘Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh’, at the R-Day parade at Rajpath displays the Ram Mandir.

Cultural tableau display kicks off at the R-Day parade with the showcasing of first-ever tableau from the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Border Security Force’s Camel Contingent and Band at the 72nd Republic Day parade at Rajpath.

Contingent of the National Security Guard (NSG) also known as the Black Cat Commandoes march down Rajpath. The Force was raised in 1984. They are considered as true epitome of raw courage.

Flt Lt Bhawna Kanth, one of the first three female fighter pilots of the country, is part of the Indian Air Force tableau at the Republic Day parade.

One of the most advanced rocket systems in world, Pinaka Multi Launcher Rocket System of 841 Rocket Regiment in full display.

Captain Quamrul Zaman leads the Mobile Autonomous Launcher of the Brahmos Missile system at the March-past. The system has been jointly developed by India and Russia.

In a first, the Marching Contingent and Band of Bangladesh participates in India’s Republic Day 2021 parade as the two neighbouring nations celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties.

Republic Day March-past led by Parade Commander Lt. Gen. Vijay Kumar Mishra

India’s National Anthem reverberates across the skies as the country celebrates her 72nd Republic Day.

21 Gun Salute presented by Ceremonial Battery of 223 Field Regiment following the unfurling of the national flag.

The Tricolour was unfurled at Rajpath in presence of President Ram Nath Kovind & Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As the country celebrates the 72nd Republic Day, sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik carves a special sculpture at Puri sea beach to mark the occasion.

The event commenced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial at the India Gate for the wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the martyrdom of the bravehearts who have laid their lives to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his greetings to the citizens of India as the country marked its 72nd Republic Day.

In a tweet both in English and Hindi, the Prime Minister said: “Wishing all the people of India a Happy Republic Day… Jai Hind.”

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar unfurls the Tricolour at his residence, on RepublicDay.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan unfurls the tricolour at SAF Ground in Rewa, on Republic Day.

New Delhi | Spectators at Rajpath seated adhering strict social distancing protocols due to COVID-19.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla unfurls the Tricolour at his residence, on Republic Day.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar unfurls the national flag at his residence on Republic Day in Patna.

WATCH | Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans marching with the national flag on a frozen water body in Ladakh on RepublicDay 

(Source: ITBP)

Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda unfurls the Tricolour at party headquarters on Republic Day.’

Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans celebrate the 72nd RepublicDay  at a high-altitude Border Outpost in Ladakh.

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Odisha Governor unfurling tricolour in presence of CM Naveen Patnaik
Odisha Governor unfurling tricolour in presence of CM Naveen Patnaik
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