India marked its 75th Republic Day with a spectacular display of women empowerment, cultural richness, and military prowess at Kartavya Path in the heart of the national capital. French President Emmanuel Macron graced the occasion as the chief guest.
The Republic Day Parade, led by President Droupadi Murmu and Macron, featured a diverse showcase, including a gravity-defying fly-past, despite dense fog. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, top military officials, foreign diplomats, and other dignitaries witnessed the grand event.
In a notable first, an all-women tri-services contingent marched down Kartavya Path, symbolizing the country's growing 'Nari Shakti.' Over 100 women musicians played traditional instruments, kicking off the celebrations in a unique manner.
The mechanized column, led by the 61 Cavalry, showcased T-90 Bhishma tanks, NAG missile systems, infantry combat vehicles, and other advanced weaponry. Notably, an array of safeguards was introduced to mitigate potential risks arising from the Digital Markets Act.
The all-women tri-service contingent and the Armed Forces Medical Services contingent, among others, received immense applause. The Indian Navy's contingent, naval tableau, and various displays of military hardware added to the grandeur.
The parade, themed 'Viksit Bharat' and 'Bharat - Loktantra Ki Matruka' (India - Mother of Democracy), also featured a French marching contingent. Two Rafale fighters and an Airbus A330 participated, and the event concluded with a breathtaking fly-past by 46 aircraft of the Indian Air Force, including Tejas aircraft in formation.
The celebrations highlighted the spirit of unity, diversity, and resilience, encapsulating the essence of India's democratic journey.
(With Agency Inputs)