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Republic Day Parade 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Glorious display of ‘Nari Shakti’ on Rajpath

Republic Day Parade 2019: Several leaders and cabinet ministers like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, former PMs Manmohan Singh, Deve Gowda, Opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Arvind Kejriwal were present at the grounds.

Republic Day Parade 2019 LIVE UPDATES: PM Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Rajpath.
Republic Day 2019 LIVE UPDATES: R-Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgiyal)

Republic Day Parade 2019 LIVE UPDATES: The 70th Republic Day was celebrated with huge pomp and show in New Delhi as a grand parade rolled down Rajpath. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti which was followed by the unfurling of the flag by President Ram Nath Kovind with a 21-gun salute in the background. The PM and President were accompanied by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the Chief Guest for the event.

The parade began from Vijay Chowk and proceeded towards the Red Fort grounds through Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg. Also read: Here’s what you missed from R-Day Parade 2019; 10 points

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Rashtrapati Bhavan illuminated on Republic Day

Pics from President Kovind's 'At Home' reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan

PM Modi also met the family of Ashok Chakra recipient Nazir Ahmad Wani at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Varun Dhawan performed at the Republic Day celebration at Attari-Wagah border

President Kovind also meets Lance Naik Wani's family

President also met the family of Lance Naik Wani who lost his life in an operation in Kashmir

Nirmala Sitharaman meet family of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani at President's 'at-home'

At-home ceremony underway at the Presidential House

At-home ceremony underway at the Presidentail House. Former PM Manmohan Singh and Justice Ranjan Gogoi are visible. The traditional event has been organised by President Ram Nath Kovind. (Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Former PM Manmohan Singh and Justice Ranjan Gogoi are visible. The traditional ceremony is organised by the President. (Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

INA veterans, all aged over 90 years, participated in the parade for the first time

A major highlight of the parade was the participation of four Indian National Army (INA) veterans — Parmanand, Lalti Ram, Hira Singh and Bhagmal, all aged over 90 years, for the first time. The other highlights include the display of American howitzers M777, the Main Battle Tank (MBT) T-90 and indigenously developed Akash weapons system

Republic Day 2019: India's forces present their marching regiments at Rajpath

The marching contingents of the Army included the Madras Regiment, the Rajputana Rifles, the Sikh Regiment and the Gorkha Brigade. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgiyal)

Republic Day 2019: President Ram Nath Kovind confers Ashoka Chakra on Nazir Wani

Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was a militant-turned-soldier who laid down his life fighting a group of terrorists at Kashmir's Shopian in November last year, was awarded the Ashoka Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday. The award — India’s highest peacetime gallantry honour — was received by Wani’s wife and mother at the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath. Wani is the first Kashmiri to be conferred the Ashoka Chakra.

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Explained: Why India-South Africa relations are unique this R-Day

This is the second time a South African Head of State is Chief Guest for Republic Day — the first occasion was in 1995 when the late Nelson Mandela visited. In the five years of the Narendra Modi government, leaders from countries in four continents have been Chief Guests at India’s Republic Day.  Last year, the celebration of India’s 69th Republic Day was attended by the leaders of 10 ASEAN countries.

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Many firsts of Republic Day Parade 2019

Assam Rifles tableau

Participating in the Republic Day parade for the first time in history, the Assam Rifles tableau had women power on full display. An all-women contingent, led by Maj Khushboo Kanwar, marched to the tune Assam Rifles kay Sipahi, Desh ki Humnay Shaan badhai.

CISF tableau

The CISF, which is also celebrating 50 years of service to the nation, is in the Republic Day parade after a gap of 11 years. Its tableau had elements of its diverse functioning and showcased the role of women in the force. The CISF has the highest percentage of women (6 per cent) among all paramilitary forces.

INA veterans

In a first, four Indian National Army (INA) veterans took part in the Republic Day parade under the theme ‘Veterans: Accelerators in Nation’s Growth’. All of them were over the age of 90.

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Republic Day 2019: Women contingent leads the way, parade highlights Mahatma Gandhi’s life

Seventy years since the birth of its Constitution, India celebrated Republic Day on Saturday with a grand annual parade at Rajpath amid heavy security cover. The ceremonial parade rolled down the majestic Rajpath with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in attendance as the chief guest along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among several other leaders. Ramaphosa is the second South African president, after Nelson Mandela, to attend the grand event as its chief guest.

The event started with PM Modi paying his tributes to the martyrs by laying a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti after which President Kovind unfurled the national flag with the national anthem being played in the accompaniment of booming 21 gun salute in the background. The well-coordinated gun salute by seven cannons of 2281 Field Regiment starts with the first note of the national anthem and ends with the last. Special clocks are used to measure time in smaller units for precision.

PM Modi tweets images from Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets images from the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, earlier.

Some highlights from Republic Day celebrations 2019

Among the many firsts for a Republic Day parade, four Indian National Army (INA) veterans, aged over 90 years, took part in the parade,

India's military might was also on display, with the artillery gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers, recently acquired from the US, and K9 Vajra, a self-propelled artillery gun, showcased on Rajpath, being new additions this year.

Women power was on full display on the ceremonial boulevard with an all-woman Assam Rifles contingent creating history this year by participating for the first time in the parade, which was led by Major Khushboo Kanwar.

Contingents of the Navy, Army Service Corps and a unit of Corps of Signals (transportable satellite terminal) were led by women officers too.

Bollywood stars wish their fans on Republic Day

India is celebrating its 70th Republic Day and joining the bandwagon in wishing the people are the Bollywood's famous film personalities. From Salman Khan to Vicky Kaushal stars are wishing their followers a happy republic day on the social media. Read more here

Republic Day: two Assam villagers honoured for averting train accident

Meanwhile from Guwahati, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) will honour two youths of Nagaon district's Puranigudam in a special ceremony held in the Railway Stadium in Guwahati for their “prompt action” that led to saving more than a hundred passengers aboard the train.

Bikas and Surya will receive a citation and award money of Rs 2,500 each. The duo admit that they are hopeful of better employment opportunities in the future. More here

R-Day celebrations across India

Children celebrating the 70th Republic Day.  (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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Motorcycle daredevilry at Rajpath on R-Day celebrations

Motorcycle daredevilry at Rajpath, in yoga poses. As many as 33 people on 9 motorcycles make a human pyramid, Subedar Major Ramesh A leads this formation.

Flypast by Indian Air Force at Rajpath. 

Chief guests at Republic Day celebrations in previous years

In 2013, Bhutan king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck attended the parade. In 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the chief guest at the celebrations. In 2015, then US President Barack Obama watched the parade. In 2017, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the chief guest at celebrations, while then French President Francois Hollande graced the occasion in 2016. Last year, leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries attended the Republic Day celebrations.

Indian Railways tableau at Republic Day

Indian railways showcase the transformation of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi, highlighting the incident when he was thrown out of a 'European only' compartment at Pietermaritzburg railway station. (Image Source: DDNews/Twitter)

ITBP celebrates Republic Day in Ladakh

Republic day parade at New Delhi's Red Fort grounds

Crowds witnessing the Republic day parade at Red Fort grounds in New Delhi. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgiyal)

Republic Day 2019 Parade: Tableaus by Karnataka, Delhi and Punjab

Tableau from Karnataka state is based on the 39th session of the Indian National Congress held in Belagavi in 1924, which was presided by Mahatma Gandhi. The tableau of Punjab is based on the theme of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Tableau of Delhi showcases Gandhiji's association with Delhi and Birla House, which is now known as Gandhi Smriti.

Indian Navy's marching regiment at Republic Day 2019 parade

Indian Navy's marching regiment at the parade. (Source: DD News/Twitter)

Republic Day 2019 Parade: Colorful tableaus by different states at Red Fort grounds

Sikkim, the cleanest state in India showcased sanitation and emancipation of rural women. Maharasthra has Quit India movement as their theme, the movement was by Gandhiji which led to the immediate arrest of all leaders of Indian National Congress. Andaman and Nicobar islands has Cellular Jail as their theme. Assam showcases - Ram- Rahim - communal harmony. A small tableau by Tripura on swachchta and Gandhiji on the charkha.

Republic day parade: Veterans tableau on display

The Veterans tableau-2019 showcases the theme, 'Veterans: Accelerators in Nation's Growth'. INA veterans first time ever on the Rajpath. Most of them are over 90 years of age. (Image source: ANI)

This year's Republic Day theme is 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

The overall theme for the Republic Day celebrations this year is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and tableaux of many states, themed on the iconic freedom fighter, are lined up for the occasion. Most of the ministers of the Modi government, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and Deve Gowda, Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad are among those present at the Red Fort grounds.

Republic Day 2019: Traditional 21-Gun Salute at Rajpath

The spirit of patriotism soared and roared as the national anthem was sung in the accompaniment of booming 21 gun salute at the Rajpath here during the Republic Day function. The well-coordinated gun salute by seven cannons of 2281 Field Regiment starts with the first note of the national anthem and ends with the last.

Republic Day 2019: President Kovind awards Ashok Chakra

President Ram Nath Kovind gives away the highest peace-time gallantry award, the Ashok Chakra to Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani posthumously. (Image source: ANI)

President Kovind awards Ashok Chakra

President Ram Nath Kovind gives away the highest peace-time gallantry award, the Ashok Chakra to Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani posthumously.

Republic Day 2019: PM Modi lays floral wreath

PM Narendra Modi lays a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti paying tributes to the fallen soldiers. he will now make is way up to the saluting dias accompanied by President Ramnath Kovind South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. As they get ready for the tableaus from various states and government departments will be showcased in the parade.

Scenes from Red fort as Republic Day Parade is about to start

All eyes on Red Fort grounds as the Republic Day Parade is about to kick off. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgiyal)

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When the constitution of India was born, it was considered necessary by the makers of the document to celebrate it on a day associated with national pride and the best choice available was that of “poorna swaraj” day- January 26. For the next 67 years, India has been celebrating January 26 as the date when it elevated itself from an independent nation to a modern republic, strengthened in all its glory by a fully functioning constitution.

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Happy Republic Day 2019: Wishes Status, Images, Quotes, SMS, Messages, Shayari, Video Photos for Whatsapp and Facebook

On the 70th Republic Day share wishes, messages, Whatsapp statuses and images with your family and friends right away to celebrate the spirit of a free and democratic country.

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The cover of Indian Express on Republic Day 1950

The front page of The Indian Express on January 28 in 1950 — the paper was published on 28 as the 27th was a holiday. The headlines read: “Rajendra Prasad sworn in as President,”; “Madras turns Into ‘City of Lights'” and “A Million People Watch Presidential Procession.”

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Google celebrates India's Republic Day with colourful Doodle

The Google Doodle depicts six colourful tableaus which form an integral part of India’s Republic Day celebrations, outside the President’s Palace in Rajpath. 

Celebrations underway as governors unfurl tricolour

Elaborate preparations have been made across India to mark the 70th Republic Day with parades being held in every state. The Governors of various states will take the salute of the parade on the day.

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Republic Day 2019 Parade Live:

Republic Day Parade 2019 LIVE UPDATES: Border Security Force “Daredevils” at Rajpath during the dress rehearsal for the 70th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

India celebrates 70th Republic Day 2019 and parade today:

Delhi gears up for its annual pomp and parade as India prepares to celebrate its 70th Republic Day today. The parade will begin from Vijay Chowk and proceed towards the Red Fort grounds through Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to wish the citizens on the occasion of Republic Day. He will lay a floral wreath at the Amar Jyoti Jawan before the beginning of the parade.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosac is the Chief Guest for the event this year. He will be accompanying the President to the saluting dais. The Republic Day Parade will kick off at 9.50 am. The programme can also be streamed online on Doordarshan’s YouTube channel.

Pranab Bharat Ratna, Padmas for 1984 riots, Emergency crusaders 

In his address to the nation on the eve of the 70th Republic Day of India, Kovind said, “An election is not just a political exercise. An election is a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action. It represents renewal and a recommitment to the goals and hopes of a shared and egalitarian society.

It represents the diverse and yet singular urges of the people and the Republic of India. This makes the very act of voting a sacred act. Please perform this act. Who the voter chooses to vote for is up to him or her, I would only request all eligible voters to go out and vote."

Last year, which was touted as a first, 10 Heads of State of ASEAN countries were invited as chief guests for the celebrations.

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