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65th Republic Day celebrations: India showcases it might and culture

The nation celebrated its 65th Republic Day amid tight security.

Colourful images of India’s cultural heritage, manoeuvres by fighter aircraft, military prowess and march past by armed forces were on majestic display at Rajpath on Sunday as the nation celebrated its 65th Republic Day amid tight security. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Marching down from the seat of power at Raisina Hills to Red Fort, the parade showcased India’s ‘unity in diversity’ and defence capability. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomes President Pranab Mukherjee at the Republic Day event. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

PM Manmohan Singh greets Defence Minister AK Antony. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Manmohan Singh welcomes his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who was one of the guest at the parade. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi at the Republic Day Parade. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Among others who witnessed the parade at Rajpath was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Also seen here External affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

In a single frame – PM Manmohan Singh, Salman Khurshid, Leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at the Republic Day parade. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

The unfurling of the tricolour by President Pranab Mukherjee and playing of the national anthem were followed by a customary 21-gun salute. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

The marching contingents of the army included horse- mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the Parachute Regiment, Punjab Regiment, Madras Regiment. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Other marching regiments comprises Rajputana Rifles, Mahar Regiment, Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, 9 Gorkha Rifles and 103 Infantry Battalion. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

The first tableau to roll down is from Uttar Pradesh titled ‘Subah-e-Banaras’ depicting the splendour of sunrise in Banaras, its ghats and the banks of Ganga at the Republic Day parade. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Floats of different Indian states roll down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. (AP)

CPWD's tableau depicting New Delhi's two landmarks – The India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan - adorned with flowers makes it way past Rajapath at the Republic day Parade. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

A float of Uttarakhand during the Republic Day parade. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

A float of the western Indian state Maharashtra, rolls down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. (AP)

A float of the eastern Indian state West Bengal, rolls down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. (AP)

A tableau of Nagaland makes an impressive entry at Rajpath for the Republic Day Parade. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

A flypast by the Advanced Light Helicopter 'Dhruv' of the Army Aviation Corps drew loud cheers from the spectators.
Seen here: Fighter planes at the Republic Day parade. (PTI)

Crowd at Rajpath looks up at the impressive air show by the Indian Air Force. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Main battle tank Arjun MK-II, the first indigenously designed and developed tank, also referred to as 'Desert Ferrari' for its excellent mobility, was also on display. The weaponry put on display by the Indian Army included T-90 tank 'Bheeshma', multi-launcher rocket system Smerch, Brahmos weapon system and transportable satellite terminals.
Army tanks at the Republic Day Parade. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

A tableau on unmanned systems by DRDO along with the Astra and Helina Missiles on the display at the Republic Day parade. It also displays mini UAV-NETRA, tracked surveillance vehicle Muntra S and unmanned aerial vehicle-’Nishant’. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

BSF daredevils perform during 65th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. (PTI)