India celebrates its 71st Republic Day this year, but have you ever wondered how was the first Republic Day celebrated across the nation? If you’ve ever tried to imagine India back in the days, some glimpses of Republic Day celebrations from the country’s early years as a republic have surfaced in a video.
While the date or the source of the videos and pictures are not known, it has been shared by YouTube channel British Pathé.
The 6.28-minute rare footage shows shots of the first prime minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first vice president Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and other officials alighting from an aeroplane.
Showcasing the magnificence of the Indian armed force, the video also shows the march past of the Indian troops and the civil servants. With Indian tanks driving past, Rolls-Royce and elephants in the procession are some other highlights of the rare footage.
Here’s another video of Republic Day celebrations from the year 1952.
Meanwhile, another video shows how the celebrations commenced at India House in London.
The country’s then High Commissioner to the UK, VK Krishna Menon can be seen reading out the proclamation, taking his oath of allegiance as India became a sovereign democratic republic.
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