India marks 69th Republic Day with colourful parade

Republic Day

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated India's President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Republic Day. This was a "huge exercise in logistics and security", because though "we've had several summits (involving multiple heads of states) they have never coincided with Republic Day", she said.

According to Saran, all the ASEAN leaders had expressed admiration for India's growth story, and some had even sought details on use of the Aadhaar card and other attempts at curbing corruption initiated by the Modi government.

Among the 23 colourful floats were two tableaux, made by the Ministry of External Affairs, that portrayed historical, civilisational and religious links as the binding force between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

Braving the cold weather and dense fog, thousands of citizens were present to witness the almost 90-minute program amid unprecedented security in the capital for the event.

Modi has invited the leaders of all 10 ASEAN nations to join him for India's Republic Day celebrations on Friday in the biggest ever gathering of foreign leaders at the parade, which showcases the country's military might and cultural diversity.

The parade was commanded by Lt General Asit Mistry, General Officer Commanding, Headquarters Delhi Area.

The 10 ASEAN leaders who attended the summit were: Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Thailand Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Lao PDR's Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Malaysian Prime Minister Nazib Razak, Brunei Darussalam's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The parade opened with a marching contingent consisting of soldiers from the Rajputana Rifles, a senior rifle regiment of the Indian Army, carrying the Asean flag and those of Asean countries. Prime Minister also highlighted the historic ties that define the relationship between India ASEAN Nations. "We have to preserve it and display this pride to the world", he told IANS.Around the parade venue, the city had literally turned into a fortress with special security teams, anti-aircraft guns and snipers deployed to keep a vigil on the eight-km path from Rajpath to Red Fort. Hundreds of CCTV cameras and drones kept close watch on people's movements along the route.

The tableau of All India Radio (AIR) featuring Modi's monthly address "Mann Ki Baat", was one of the many firsts this year.

After the parade ended, Modi also took an impromptu walk down Rajpath and waved to the crowds.

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