We are celebrating the 72nd Republic Day, today. The parade at Rajpath in New Delhi showcased India’s military and cultural power but the programme was shorter this year due to COVID.
Reduced list of events, shorter route, no chief guest, fewer spectators, no children under 15 – the parade this year has been different.
Here’s looking at the major highlights.
#RepublicDay: Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs the ceremonial book at the National War Memorial at the India Gate— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Navy Staff also present pic.twitter.com/99Fp8ZCPXX
The parade began with a Bangladeshi tri-service contingent, led by Lieutenant Colonel Mohatsim Haider Chaudhary, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
The 122-member strong contingent participated in the parade for the first time.
Marching Contingent & Band of Bangladesh Army participate in #RepublicDay parade. The contingent is being led by Lt Col Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawan.— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
The 122-member strong contingent is participating in the parade for the first time. pic.twitter.com/K4rym6bQQO
“Bond-like no other”— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) January 23, 2021
Celebrating 50 years of #Friendship #Bangladesh contingent led by Lt Col Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawon is participating for the first time in the #RepublicDay Parade. We share the bond of #Friendship & #Camaraderie pic.twitter.com/ufbDxmwloW
The main battle tank of the Indian Army, T- 90 Bhishma, commanded by Captain Karanveer Singh Bhangu of 54 Armoured Regiment.
#RepublicDay: The main battle tank of the Indian Army, T- 90 Bhishma, which is commanded by Captain Karanveer Singh Bhangu of 54 Armoured Regiment goes past the saluting dais pic.twitter.com/yNoifXRy5d— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
The Indian Navy’s tableau showcasing Navy’s principal combatant in 1971 war, INS Vikrant.
Delhi: Indian Navy’s tableau with the theme of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ being displayed at #RepublicDay parade.— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
The trailer of tableau showcases Navy’s principal combatant in 1971 war, INS Vikrant conducting flying operations with Sea Hawk and Alize aircrafts. pic.twitter.com/oEaMUTLKFU
Flt Lt Bhawna Kanth, one of the first three female fighter pilots of the country, is part of the Indian Air Force tableau at the Republic Day parade.
Captain Preeti Choudhary of 140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled) leads upgraded Schilka Weapon system. She is the only woman contingent commander from Army at #RepublicDay parade 2021.— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Schilka Weapon system is equipped with modern radar and digital fire control computers. pic.twitter.com/2FKa38lXA8
The Brahmos Weapon System at display in the parade. The missile has been developed as a joint venture between India and Russia.
Captain Quamrul Zaman leading the Brahmos Weapon System in the Republic Day parade at Rajpath— Doordarshan National दूरदर्शन नेशनल (@DDNational) January 26, 2021
WATCH NOW on @DDNational & Live-Stream on https://t.co/5Kr524lKGS#RepublicDayWithDoordarshan pic.twitter.com/hBrS51tWx1
The military might of India was at full display in the parade.
#RepublicDay: Winners of the Param Vir Chakra & the Ashok Chakra parade down Rajpath— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Param Vir Chakra is awarded for acts of bravery & self-sacrifice in the face of the enemy. Ashok Chakra awarded for similar acts of valour&self-sacrifice but, other than,in the face of the enemy pic.twitter.com/aOL1CugWE6
One Rafale with 2 Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft & 2 MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters, in ‘Eklavya’ formation are the next to fly past, at a height of 300m & speed of 780 Km/h.— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
The formation is led by Gp Capt Rohit Kataria, Flight Commander of 17 Squadron. #RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/UCCcQMy0gR
The Ladakh tableau made its debut in the republic day parade along with other states.
The display of cultural tableaux begins at #RepublicDay parade, with Ladakh leading. It’s the first-ever tableau of the UT.— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
It shows Ladakh’s culture & communal harmony besides art & architecture, languages & dialects, customs & costumes, fairs & festivals, literature, music. pic.twitter.com/jdBN8KFlE4
Tableau of Punjab showcases the glory of 9th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. The tableau has the theme ‘400th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur’.— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
The end of the trailer shows Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib, the site of cremation of Guru Tegh Bahadur.#RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/LAY7WkeKHF
Republic Day: A replica of the Sun Temple at Modhera displayed on the #Gujarat tableau— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
The tableau depicts the Sabhamandap, part of the Sun Temple. It’s 52 pillars denote 52 weeks of a Solar year. pic.twitter.com/ga2jBMz75G
The Uttar Pradesh tableau was developed on the theme of Ayodhya with the Ram Mandir on display.
Designed after the theme ‘Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh’, the tableau of Uttar Pradesh also displays Ram Mandir.— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
The forepart of the middle tableau shows Deepotsava of Ayodhya, in which millions of earthen lamps are lit. #RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/FCnNOv7Z4n
In a first, the tableaux from UP featuring a replica of the grand Ram Temple of Ayodhya participated in the Republic Day parade. The bedecked tableau has a sitting model of Maharishi Valmiki at the front and the replica of the temple is at the back.#RepublicDayWithDoordarshan pic.twitter.com/sNYA6ZyOAt— Doordarshan National दूरदर्शन नेशनल (@DDNational) January 26, 2021
Delhi: With the theme of ‘Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: COVID’ the tableau of the Department of Biotechnology depicts the process of #COVID19 Vaccine development through various processes. #RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/xBqTeXIVxq— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
While the republic day parade too place at Rajpath, farmers took out a tractor rally simultaneously in Delhi. A few glimpses from the farmers rally:
Delhi: Huge crowd of farmers at Tikri Border as they carry out tractor parade on the occasion of #RepublicDay to register protest against three farm laws introduced by Centre pic.twitter.com/Grkk0k1Yuv— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Delhi: Police used tear gas shells after isolated incidents of scuffle between protestors and police took place at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and protestors took over a police vehicle pic.twitter.com/bbu8nMnHNp— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Delhi: Police use tear gas to disperse farmers at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Farmers tractor rally form Singhu border arrived here pic.twitter.com/g36JzH4ke4
Happy Republic Day to everyone.