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The Nation’s military prowess and achievements in different fields, state-of- the- art defence platforms, its diverse cultural and social traditions, and the government’s emphasis on self-reliance and indigenisation will be showcased before the public at the historic Rajpath when the country celebrates its 66th Republic Day tomorrow.

The highlights of this year’s Parade will be the display of indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash medium range missile (Army version) and Weapon Locating Radar both developed by the DRDO. The recently acquired long range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft P-8I and the deadly long range advanced air fighter MiG-29 K will be seen for the first time. This year’s parade will also witness for the first time three all women marching contingents of the Army, Navy and the Air Force signifying women’s powerful role in the realm of defence.

The Indian Army’s laser guided missile capability T-90 “Bheeshma” tank, infantry combat vehicle BMP II (Sarath) followed by T-72 with Trawl will be the main draw in the Mechanised Columns. These will be followed by Pinaka Multiple Barrel Launcher System. Next comes the Mobile Autonomous Launcher of BRAHMOS missile system, three dimensional tactical control radar, satellite on the move communication platform and rapidly deployable satellite terminal (RADSAT).

An Indian Air Force tableau will roll down the Rajpath with the theme “50 years of 1965 War”. The IAF aircraft on display are the ones that proved their prowess in the 1965 War- the Gnat and the Vampire, followed by the Canberra bomber, MI-4 helicopter and Packet transport aircraft.

In keeping with the Indian Navy’s theme “Ensuring Safe Seas for a Resurgent Nation” – the Naval Tableau will display a few of its frontline assets in all four dimensions of maritime warfare. Navy’s commitment to self-reliance and indigenisation will be showcased by displaying models of indigenously constructed destroyer INS Kolkata launching a BrahMos missile with the Advanced Light Helicopter “Dhruv” in the background. The second tableau titled “Bharatiya Nau Sena aur Nari Shakti” will project the extraordinary accomplishment of four of the Indian Navy’s women officers who braved the vagaries of the seas and participated in an ocean voyage from Goa to Rio-de-Janeiro in Brazil on board Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Mhadei.

The parade ceremony will commence at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lead the Nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath. An eternal flame burns at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to commemorate the indomitable courage of our Armed Forces personnel who have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the motherland. The Amar Jawan, the immortal soldier, is symbolised by a reversed rifle standing on its barrel and crested by a soldier’s helmet.

As per tradition, after unfurling of the National Flag, the National Anthem will be played with 21 gun salute. The parade will then commence and the President will take the salute. This year’s Chief Guest in the parade will be the Honourable Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. The parade will be commanded by Lt. General Subroto Mitra, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area. Major General Abhay Krishna, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area will be the parade Second-in-Command.

Param Vir Chakra winners Subedar Major & Honorary Captain Bana Singh (Retd), Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers and Naib/Subedar Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles and Ashok Chakra winners Major General Cyrus Pithawalla, BGS (Trg), HQ Southern Command, Lieutenant Colonel Jas Ram Singh (Retd), Ex-Honorary Naib Subedar Chhering Mutup (Retd), Shri Hukum Singh and Shri Govind Singh both from district Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh and Shri Bhure Lal of District Guna also from Madhya Pradesh will follow the Deputy Parade Commander on Jeeps.

The marching contingents of Army will include horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the contingent of all-women officers led by Captain Divya A, the Brigade of the Guards, the Grenadiers, the Jat Regiment, the Sikh Regiment, the Kumaon Regiment, the Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, 14 Gorkha Training Centre and the Territorial Army (Punjab).

While the marching contingents of Navy comprising 144 young sailors will be led by Lieutenant Commander Sandhya Chauhan, the all-women Naval Contingent will be led by Lieutenant Commander Priya Jayakumar. The Air Force contingent comprising 144 men will be led by Squadron Leader Manvender Singh, while all-women Air Force Officers contingent will be led by Squadron Leader Sneha Shekhawat. The Paramilitary and other auxiliary civil forces will include contingents from the Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, Indian Coast Guard, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Railway Protection Force, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme. The Camel-mounted band of the BSF and the Ex-Servicemen marching contingent will be another major attraction.

Tableaux from 16 States and 09 Central Ministries and Departments will present the varied historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the country. They will also showcase country’s progress in different fields, particularly floats from Women and Child Development Ministry depicting “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”, Sikkim’s contribution to the national economy through its large Cardamom Cultivation and tableau on Bhagoria tribal festival of Madhya Pradesh which will be of special attraction. Twenty of the Twenty four children selected for the National Bravery Award–2014 will also participate in the parade. Four children have got the award posthumously. In the children’s pageant section, nearly 1,200 boys and girls drawn from four schools in Delhi and one each from West Zone and South Central Cultural Centres will perform colourful dances on Rajpath. In this category a dance depicting India’s first successful launching of spaceship ‘Mangalyaan’ into the orbit of Mars and another dance programme on “Swachh Bharat” will draw the attention of the spectators.

‘Jaanbaaz’, the motorcycle display by the Border Security Force will be a major attraction of the parade. Incidentally, the paramilitary force is now celebrating its Golden Jubilee. They will perform different stunts like Border Men Salute, Side Riding, Ladder Balancing, Communal Harmony, Peacock Riding, Acrobat, Parallel Bar, Lotus, Seema Prahari and Flag March formations etc on moving motor cycles.

The grand finale of the parade will be a spectacular flypast by the IAF. The flypast will commence with ‘Chakra’ formation, comprising three Mi-35 helicopters in ‘Vic’ formation, followed by the “Hercules” formation comprising three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. Trailing them will be a ‘Poseidon’ formation comprising one P-8I aircraft flanked by two MiG-29 Ks and the “Globe” formation comprising one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30s. Next in line will be the fighters, where five Jaguars will fly in Arrowhead formation, another five Mig-29 Air Superiority Fighters called the “Tridents” will fly in Fulcrum style. Then the breath-taking Trishul formation comprising three Su-30 MkI of No. 2 Squadron would fly over the Rajpath, and once in front of the saluting dais, the Su-30 MkI aircraft will split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. The flypast will conclude with another Su-30 MkI carrying out a “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre over the saluting dais.

The ceremony will culminate with the National Anthem and release of balloons.
 

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President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the nation on the eve of 66th Republic Day Celebration at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.



Address by the President of India on the eve of the Republic Day of India 2015


My Fellow Citizens:

1. On the eve of the 66th Republic Day, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad. I convey my special greetings to members of our Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces and Internal Security Forces.


2. Twenty Sixth January holds an everlasting place in our national memory because it is the day when modern India was born. Under Mahatma Gandhi’s moral and political leadership, the National Congress passed the Purna Swaraj resolution demanding complete independence from British rule in December 1929. Gandhiji organized nationwide celebrations on 26 January 1930 as Independence Day. From then on, the Nation took a pledge on this day every year to carry on the freedom struggle till we attained it.


3. Exactly twenty years later, in 1950, we adopted our charter of
modernity, the Constitution. Tragically, Gandhiji had been martyred two years before, but the framework of a Constitution that has made India a role model for today`s world was constructed out of his philosophy. Its essence lay in four principles: democracy; freedom of faith; gender equality; and an economic upsurge for those trapped in the curse of dire poverty. These were made Constitutional obligations. Gandhiji’s talisman for the country`s rulers was simple and powerful and I quote: "Whenever you are in doubt...recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen and ask yourself...will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?" (unquote). Our resolve to eliminate poverty through inclusive development has to be a step in that direction.


Fellow Citizens:

4. The past year has been remarkable in many ways. Particularly because, after three decades the people have voted to power a single party with a majority for a stable government, and in the process freed the country’s governance from the compulsions of coalition politics. Outcome of these Elections has given the mandate to the elected government to fulfill its commitment to the people by using its majority for formulating policies and making laws to implement those policies. The voter has played her part; it is now up to those who have been elected to honour this trust. It was a vote for clean, efficient, effective, gender-sensitive, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly governance.


Fellow Citizens:

5. There can be no governance without a functioning legislature. The legislature reflects the will of the people. It is the platform where progressive legislation using civilized dialogue must create delivery mechanisms for realizing the aspirations of the people. It calls for reconciling the differences amongst stakeholders and building a consensus for the law to be enacted. Enacting laws without discussion impacts the law-making role of the Parliament. It breaches the trust reposed in it by the people. This is neither good for the democracy nor for the policies relating to those laws.


Fellow Citizens:

6. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rabindranath Tagore, Subramanya Bharati and many more - the vocation and the approach might have been different but they all spoke the same language of patriotism. We owe our freedom to these great warriors of nationalism. We also salute the unsung heroes who have died securing the liberation of Mother India. But it pains me to see that Mother India is not respected by her own children when it comes to the safety of women. Atrocities of rape, murders, harassment on the roads, kidnapping and dowry deaths have made women fearful even in their own homes. Rabindranath Tagore saw women not only as the deities of the household fire, but also the flame of the soul itself. Where have we failed, as parents, teachers and leaders, that our children have forgotten all tenets of decent behaviour and respect for women? We have enacted many legislations but, as Benjamin Franklin had once said and I quote: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are” (unquote). Every Indian must take a pledge to protect the honour of women from violence of any kind. Only a nation that respects and empowers its women can become a global power.


Fellow Citizens:

7. The Indian Constitution is the holy book of democracy. It is a lodestar for the socio-economic transformation of an India whose civilization has celebrated pluralism, advocated tolerance and promoted goodwill between diverse communities. These values, however, need to be preserved with utmost care and vigilance. The freedom inherent in democracy sometimes generates an unhappy by-product when political discourse becomes a competition in hysteria that is abhorrent to our traditional ethos. The violence of the tongue cuts and wounds people`s hearts. Religion, said Gandhiji, is a force for unity; we cannot make it a cause of conflict.


Fellow Citizens:

8. Much is said about India`s soft power. But the most powerful example of India`s soft power, in an international environment where so many countries are sinking into the morass of theocratic violence, lies in our definition of the relationship between faith and polity. We have always reposed our trust in faith-equality where every faith is equal before the law and every culture blends into another to create a positive dynamic. Wisdom of India teaches us: unity is strength, dominance is weakness.



Fellow Citizens:

9. The multi-nation conflict has converted boundaries into bloodlines, and turned terrorism into an industry of evil. Terrorism and violence are seeping across our borders. While peace, non-violence and good neighbourly intentions should remain the fundamentals of our foreign policy, we cannot afford to be complacent about adversaries who will stop at nothing to disrupt our progress towards a prosperous and equitable India. We have the strength, confidence and determination to defeat architects of this war against our people. Repeated violations of the ceasefire along the Line of Control and terrorist attacks must get an integrated response through incisive diplomacy and impregnable security mechanisms. The world must join India in fighting the menace of terrorism.


Fellow Citizens:

10. Economic progress is also a test of democracy. Year 2015 is a year of hope. Key economic indicators provide for much optimism. Strengthening of the external sector, move towards fiscal consolidation, moderation in price levels, early signs of rebound in manufacturing and record agricultural production last year augur well for our economy. Achieving five percent plus growth rates each in the first two quarters of 2014-15 is a healthy sign for an early reversion to the high growth trajectory of 7-8 percent.


11. The success of a society is measured by both survival and strengthening of its values, institutions and instruments of governance. Our national narrative has been shaped by the principles of its past, triumphs of today and is now ready to own the future by powering its latent potential.


Fellow Citizens:

12. Our national ambition is to raise the quality of life of Indians by quantum leaps and raise generations enlightened by learning, patriotism, compassion, honesty and a sense of duty. Thomas Jefferson had said and I quote: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty” (unquote). We must strive for the highest quality in our educational institutions so that we can take our place, within a visible future, among the knowledge leaders of the 21st century. I would urge, in particular, that we lay special stress on the culture of books and reading, which takes knowledge beyond the classroom and frees imagination from stress of the immediate and the utilitarian. We must be a creative people, nourished by innumerable, interlinked rivers of ideas. Our youth must lead the way to mastery of technology and communication in a universe where the cloud has become a library without frontiers, and vast opportunity awaits within the computer in your palm. The 21st century is within India`s grasp.


Fellow Citizens:

13. This future will remain both visible and elusive if we do not discover the ability to continually cleanse ourselves of retrograde habits and social ills. Over the past century, some have died, others have faded, but many still exist. We are celebrating, this year, the centenary of Gandhiji`s return to India from South Africa. We can never cease to learn from a Mahatma. The first thing he did in 1915 was to keep his eyes open and his lips sealed. It is advisable to follow his example. While we are, rightly, focused on 1915, perhaps we should cast a glance on what Gandhiji did in 1901, the year when he returned home for his first break. The annual Congress session was held that year in Calcutta, then the capital of British India. Gandhiji was a delegate. He went to Ripon College for a meeting. He discovered that the whole place had been dirtied by fellow-delegates. A shocked Gandhiji did not wait for any allotted cleaner. He picked up a broom and cleaned the area. No one followed his example in 1901. 114 years later, let us follow his example, and become worthy children of a magnificent father.

Jai Hind!

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Vice President Greets the Nation on Republic Day

January 24, 2015
New Delhi
Shri M.Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India, in his message on the happy occasion of ‘Republic Day’ has said :-

"I convey my warm greetings to the citizens of our country on the happy occasion of Republic Day. I also pay my respectful homage to the freedom fighters and the founding fathers of our Republic who devoted their lives to the service of the nation.

The Republic Day is an appropriate occasion to recall and reaffirm the cherished principles of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice for all, as enshrined in our Constitution. On this auspicious day, let us resolve to continue working towards building a modern, secular and prosperous society."
 

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President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the nation on the eve of 66th Republic Day Celebration at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.



Address by the President of India on the eve of the Republic Day of India 2015


My Fellow Citizens:

1. On the eve of the 66th Republic Day, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad. I convey my special greetings to members of our Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces and Internal Security Forces.


2. Twenty Sixth January holds an everlasting place in our national memory because it is the day when modern India was born. Under Mahatma Gandhi’s moral and political leadership, the National Congress passed the Purna Swaraj resolution demanding complete independence from British rule in December 1929. Gandhiji organized nationwide celebrations on 26 January 1930 as Independence Day. From then on, the Nation took a pledge on this day every year to carry on the freedom struggle till we attained it.


3. Exactly twenty years later, in 1950, we adopted our charter of
modernity, the Constitution. Tragically, Gandhiji had been martyred two years before, but the framework of a Constitution that has made India a role model for today`s world was constructed out of his philosophy. Its essence lay in four principles: democracy; freedom of faith; gender equality; and an economic upsurge for those trapped in the curse of dire poverty. These were made Constitutional obligations. Gandhiji’s talisman for the country`s rulers was simple and powerful and I quote: "Whenever you are in doubt...recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen and ask yourself...will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?" (unquote). Our resolve to eliminate poverty through inclusive development has to be a step in that direction.


Fellow Citizens:

4. The past year has been remarkable in many ways. Particularly because, after three decades the people have voted to power a single party with a majority for a stable government, and in the process freed the country’s governance from the compulsions of coalition politics. Outcome of these Elections has given the mandate to the elected government to fulfill its commitment to the people by using its majority for formulating policies and making laws to implement those policies. The voter has played her part; it is now up to those who have been elected to honour this trust. It was a vote for clean, efficient, effective, gender-sensitive, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly governance.


Fellow Citizens:

5. There can be no governance without a functioning legislature. The legislature reflects the will of the people. It is the platform where progressive legislation using civilized dialogue must create delivery mechanisms for realizing the aspirations of the people. It calls for reconciling the differences amongst stakeholders and building a consensus for the law to be enacted. Enacting laws without discussion impacts the law-making role of the Parliament. It breaches the trust reposed in it by the people. This is neither good for the democracy nor for the policies relating to those laws.


Fellow Citizens:

6. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rabindranath Tagore, Subramanya Bharati and many more - the vocation and the approach might have been different but they all spoke the same language of patriotism. We owe our freedom to these great warriors of nationalism. We also salute the unsung heroes who have died securing the liberation of Mother India. But it pains me to see that Mother India is not respected by her own children when it comes to the safety of women. Atrocities of rape, murders, harassment on the roads, kidnapping and dowry deaths have made women fearful even in their own homes. Rabindranath Tagore saw women not only as the deities of the household fire, but also the flame of the soul itself. Where have we failed, as parents, teachers and leaders, that our children have forgotten all tenets of decent behaviour and respect for women? We have enacted many legislations but, as Benjamin Franklin had once said and I quote: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are” (unquote). Every Indian must take a pledge to protect the honour of women from violence of any kind. Only a nation that respects and empowers its women can become a global power.


Fellow Citizens:

7. The Indian Constitution is the holy book of democracy. It is a lodestar for the socio-economic transformation of an India whose civilization has celebrated pluralism, advocated tolerance and promoted goodwill between diverse communities. These values, however, need to be preserved with utmost care and vigilance. The freedom inherent in democracy sometimes generates an unhappy by-product when political discourse becomes a competition in hysteria that is abhorrent to our traditional ethos. The violence of the tongue cuts and wounds people`s hearts. Religion, said Gandhiji, is a force for unity; we cannot make it a cause of conflict.


Fellow Citizens:

8. Much is said about India`s soft power. But the most powerful example of India`s soft power, in an international environment where so many countries are sinking into the morass of theocratic violence, lies in our definition of the relationship between faith and polity. We have always reposed our trust in faith-equality where every faith is equal before the law and every culture blends into another to create a positive dynamic. Wisdom of India teaches us: unity is strength, dominance is weakness.



Fellow Citizens:

9. The multi-nation conflict has converted boundaries into bloodlines, and turned terrorism into an industry of evil. Terrorism and violence are seeping across our borders. While peace, non-violence and good neighbourly intentions should remain the fundamentals of our foreign policy, we cannot afford to be complacent about adversaries who will stop at nothing to disrupt our progress towards a prosperous and equitable India. We have the strength, confidence and determination to defeat architects of this war against our people. Repeated violations of the ceasefire along the Line of Control and terrorist attacks must get an integrated response through incisive diplomacy and impregnable security mechanisms. The world must join India in fighting the menace of terrorism.


Fellow Citizens:

10. Economic progress is also a test of democracy. Year 2015 is a year of hope. Key economic indicators provide for much optimism. Strengthening of the external sector, move towards fiscal consolidation, moderation in price levels, early signs of rebound in manufacturing and record agricultural production last year augur well for our economy. Achieving five percent plus growth rates each in the first two quarters of 2014-15 is a healthy sign for an early reversion to the high growth trajectory of 7-8 percent.


11. The success of a society is measured by both survival and strengthening of its values, institutions and instruments of governance. Our national narrative has been shaped by the principles of its past, triumphs of today and is now ready to own the future by powering its latent potential.


Fellow Citizens:

12. Our national ambition is to raise the quality of life of Indians by quantum leaps and raise generations enlightened by learning, patriotism, compassion, honesty and a sense of duty. Thomas Jefferson had said and I quote: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty” (unquote). We must strive for the highest quality in our educational institutions so that we can take our place, within a visible future, among the knowledge leaders of the 21st century. I would urge, in particular, that we lay special stress on the culture of books and reading, which takes knowledge beyond the classroom and frees imagination from stress of the immediate and the utilitarian. We must be a creative people, nourished by innumerable, interlinked rivers of ideas. Our youth must lead the way to mastery of technology and communication in a universe where the cloud has become a library without frontiers, and vast opportunity awaits within the computer in your palm. The 21st century is within India`s grasp.


Fellow Citizens:

13. This future will remain both visible and elusive if we do not discover the ability to continually cleanse ourselves of retrograde habits and social ills. Over the past century, some have died, others have faded, but many still exist. We are celebrating, this year, the centenary of Gandhiji`s return to India from South Africa. We can never cease to learn from a Mahatma. The first thing he did in 1915 was to keep his eyes open and his lips sealed. It is advisable to follow his example. While we are, rightly, focused on 1915, perhaps we should cast a glance on what Gandhiji did in 1901, the year when he returned home for his first break. The annual Congress session was held that year in Calcutta, then the capital of British India. Gandhiji was a delegate. He went to Ripon College for a meeting. He discovered that the whole place had been dirtied by fellow-delegates. A shocked Gandhiji did not wait for any allotted cleaner. He picked up a broom and cleaned the area. No one followed his example in 1901. 114 years later, let us follow his example, and become worthy children of a magnificent father.

Jai Hind!

****

An inspiring and thought provoking message by the president
 

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The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi arriving at the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee arriving at the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the US President, Mr. Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama on the Raj Path, at the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Chief Guest US President, Mr. Barack Obama being received by the Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar, on his arrival at the 66th Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015. The Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) and Defence, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh is also seen.


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the US President, Mr. Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama on the Raj Path, at the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the US President, Mr. Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama on the Raj Path, at the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee arrives at Raj Path, meets the US President, Mr. Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama, at the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is also seen.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi along with the US President, Mr. Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama arriving at the saluting dais on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Chief Guest US President, Mr. Barack Obama witnessing the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Chief Guest US President, Mr. Barack Obama witnessing the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.
 

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The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest US President, Mr. Barack Obama, the First Lady Michelle Obama, the Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar at the saluting dais, on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest US President, Mr. Barack Obama and the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the saluting dais, on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee giving away the highest gallantry award Ashok Chakra to Major Mukund Varadarajan 44th Battalion Rashtriya Rifles/The Rajput Regiment (Posthumous), the award received by his wife, on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee giving away the highest gallantry award Ashok Chakra to Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh 57th Battalion, The Rashtriya Rifles (Rajputana Rifles)/13 Rajputana Rifles (Posthumous), the award received by his wife, on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.
 

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Pinaka 214 MM Multiple Barrel Rocket Launcher System passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


Rapidly Deployable Satellite Terminal (RADSAT) passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

ICV BMPII (SARTHI) passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Women Officers contingent passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Brigade of the Guards (1 Rajput) contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Jat Regiment marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Sikh Regiment marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.
 

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The Jammu & Kashmir Rifles contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Kumaon Regiment contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The 14 Gorkha Training Centre contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Territorial Army (Punjab) passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Naval marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

Air Force Women Officers marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The ITBP marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


The CISF marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.
 

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The BSF Camel contingent passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The Assam Rifles marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


The Indian Coast Guard marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The CRPF marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The tableau of the Andhra Pradesh passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.
 

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The tableau of CPWD passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


The National Bravery Awards-2014 winning children passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The National Bravery Awards-2014 winning children passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


A bird’s eye view of Rajpath, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


A bird’s eye view of Rajpath, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

A bird’s eye view of Rajpath, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

Rajpath comes alive with the dare devil stunts of motorbike riders of Border Security Force, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


Rajpath comes alive with the dare devil stunts of motorbike riders of Border Security Force, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

Rajpath comes alive with the dare devil stunts of motorbike riders of Border Security Force, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


Rajpath comes alive with the dare devil stunts of motorbike riders of Border Security Force, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.
 

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Rajpath comes alive with the dare devil stunts of motorbike riders of Border Security Force, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


Rajpath comes alive with the dare devil stunts of motorbike riders of Border Security Force, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

The tableau Ministry of Railways passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

Three planes in arrow formation fly over Rajpath, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.

Three planes in arrow formation fly over Rajpath, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.


BRAHMOS WEAPON SYSTEM ON DISPLAY DURING THE 66TH REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION AT RAJPATH IN NEW DELHI.
 

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US President Barack Obama experiences India’s grand Republic Day parade
Convoy of US president Barack Obama arrives at Rajpath to attend the 108 minutes of Republic day function during rain in New Delhi.










 

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Republic Day Celebration Across India

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra hoists the national flag during Republic Day celebrations at MA Stadium in Jammu on Monday.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Rohit Kansal unfurling the Tricolour during the 66th Republic day Parade at Bakshi Satdium in Srinagar on Monday.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ( CST) illuminated on the eve of Republic Day, in Mumbai on Sunday night.

Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh inspecting the parade during the 66th Republic day celebration at SMS Stadium.

School girls march during the 66th Republic day Parade at Bakshi Satdium in Srinagar on Monday.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inspecting the Republic Day parade at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Monday.

Assam police women commando team “Viranagana” showing their skills during the 66th Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati on Monday.

School children in traditional dress during Republic Day celebrations in Dehradun
 

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