Majestic military parade at Rajpath leaves world in awe

As is done annually, it was yet another spectacular display of India’s military might.

The armed forces took out a grand parade while the fighter jets of the Air Force flew by leaving behind the masses in awe.

The nation marked the 70th Republic Day celebrations at Delhi’s Rajpath.

More than 20 tableaux of the states and central government and colourful cultural performances by children represented the country’s soft power.

Among the various VIPs and foreign dignitaries who attended the event was chief guest Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in a yellowish orange turban, started the celebrations with a tribute to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan
Jyoti in Delhi’s India Gate in presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three service chiefs.

Woman power was on dazzling display at the parade, with an all-women Assam Rifles contingent in the lead and a woman officer being part of the team performing bike stunts. Contingents of the Navy, Army Services Corps and a unit of Corps of Signals were led by women officers.

Chief guest Cyril Ramaphosa is accompanied by first lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe and a high-level delegation, including nine ministers, senior officials and a 50-member business contingent, who are on a two-day visit. This is Mr Ramaphosa’s first India tour as the head of the state.

The Delhi Metro trains is partially restricted as part of the security arrangements, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said.

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