India is celebrating its 68th Republic Day today, marking the anniversary of the day the country’s Constitution was adopted in 1950, with the customary grand parade in the national capital and several other events. India’s military strength and culture will be on display on colourful floats as a part of the annual parade at Rajpath in the heart of Delhi today.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the chief guest of honour at this year’s Republic Day parade.
A contingent of the UAE armed forces will march with the Indian armed forces at the Republic Day parade in Delhi. The Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, artistes and performers from across the country participate will also take part in parades in several parts of the country.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders greeted the nation on the Republic Day occasion. President Mukherjee hailed India’s pluralism and diversity and said that the country has traditionally celebrated the argumentative” Indian; not the “intolerant” Indian.
The President has also presented bravery and other awards, including those to officers and soldiers who carried out the surgical strikes against staging areas for terrorists.
President Pranab Mukherjee gives gallantry awards to the wives of martyrs