NEW DELHI: India displayed its military might, cultural diversity, social and economic programme through a 90-minute parade of the country’s advanced weapons and tableaus by union government departments and states on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day in Delhi on Sunday.
The Army's battle tank Bhishma, Infantry Combat Vehicle Ballway Machine Pikate and the Air Force's brand new Rafale fighter jet and Chinook and Apache helicopters stolen the show of the military power by the armed forces, an NDTV report said.
Five Jaguar deep-penetration strike aircraft and five upgraded MiG-29 air superiority fighters displayed their prowess in the ''Arrowhead'' formation.
Another highlight was the marching contingent of the DRDO, which showcased the anti-satellite weapon Mission Shakti. A breakthrough weapon, Shakti is proof of the country's capacity in bringing d own hostile satellites.
The military parade culminated with a Su-30 MKI splitting the sky with a breath taking ‘Vertical Charlie’ aerobatic manoeuvre.
Over 20 tableaus - 16 from states and union territories and the rest from various ministries and departments –took part in the parade. Certain states, such as Bengal and Kerala, are not being represented after their tableau ideas were rejected by the centre.
The tableaus on show included "Start-Up India" and "Jal Jeevan Mission", as part of the work carried out by various government ministries.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest.The Republic Day parade ceremony started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to the soldiers who died fighting for the country at the National War Memorial. This was a departure from the convention of the PM paying tributes to the soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.
The national flag was then unfurled, followed by the anthem and a 21-gun salute. Elaborate security measures, including a ground-to-air security blanket, was put in place. Thousands of police and paramilitary personnel kept vigil as the celebrations progressed.
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