Written by Staff Writer
26 Jan, 2017 | 10:25 pm
India celebrated its 68th Republic Day today, January 26, with flag hoisting ceremonies held across the country.
India won independence from British rule on August 15, 1947, but it was not until January 26, 1950, that the nation declared itself a sovereign republic state with the adoption of its constitution.
This day is celebrated as Republic Day.
India on Thursday put up a show of military strength during a grand parade as part of its 68th Republic Day celebrations.
The country’s military capabilities were showcased before the public at Rajpath, a lawn-bordered boulevard dating from the British colonial era that connects the presidential palace to India Gate.
The proceedings began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute at India Gate war memorial. Later, President Pranab Mukherjee and chief guest Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan made their way to Rajpath with presidential body-guards in tow.
The parade started with a military contingent of UAE marching down Rajpath — the second time a foreign military contingent took part in India’s Republic Day parade in the presence of their Deputy Supreme Commander and Crown Prince.
A 149-member UAE contingent, constituting UAE Presidential Guards, the Air Force, the Navy and Army contingents, took part in the parade.
The parade showcased the Army’s missile firing capability T-90 ‘Bhishma’ tank, it’s BrahMos Missile System mounted on Mobile Autonomous Launchers and the Dhanush Gun System.
Meanwhile, an event was held at the official residence of the Indian High Commissioner to mark the 68th Republic Day of India.
The event saw the partcipation of a number of dignitaries including Indian residents in Sri Lanka.
A guard of honour was held at the event while the Sri Lanka Navy Band also performed there.
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