Written by Staff Writer
26 Jan, 2015 | 7:40 pm
India celebrated its 66th Republic Day on Monday.
Republic Day marks the adoption of India’s constitution in 1950, three years after independence from Britain.
US President Barack Obama attended India’s republic day parade in Delhi as the chief guest, being the first US head of state to do so. The crowd erupted in cheers as President Obama and his wife Michelle emerged from an armored limousine and took their place on the rain-soaked parade route in the capital, New Delhi.
Uniformed soldiers in colorful headgear marched down Rajpath, or King’s Avenue, where Obama watched the parade along side Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside a bullet-proof glass enclosure. Modi and Obama were seen embracing each other warmly when Obama arrived at the parade, and the two were also talking passionately during the parade itself.
Security was tight at the parade and across the city, where tens of thousands of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed on street corners and rooftops.
Obama arrived on Sunday for a three-day visit aimed at strengthening a relationship between the world’s largest democracies. As Obama arrived in India on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi broke protocol to personally welcome him with a hug as he disembarked from Air Force One in New Delhi.
The two leaders announced plans to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defense ties.
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