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Celebration of India's 64th Republic Day

| Updated on November 20, 2017 Published on January 27, 2013

A kaleidoscopic view of the country’s rich cultural heritage and military prowess were on display at the 64th Republic Day parade on the 8-km stretch from Rajpath to Red Fort.

An eager audience on both sides of the imposing Rajpath, the country’s ceremonial boulevard facing the seat of power Raisina Hills, braved the winter chill and cheered loudly as the parade went past them portraying the rich and diverse culture of the country.

The impressive march-past was watched by Chief Guest, Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A. K. Antony, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and top political and military brass.

The country showed its military strength with the Agni-V missile, MBT Arjun Tank, Armoured Ambulance Tracked Vehicle, BrahMos missiles and 214 mm Pinaka rockets and the 15 metre Sarvatra Bridging System.

The Army contingent from horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the Mechanised Infantry Regiment, Maratha Light Infantry, Dogra Regiment, Garhwal Rifles, Ladakh Scouts, 8 Gorkha Training Centre, Army Ordnance Corps and Territorial Army (Punjab) marched to martial tunes.

As the country’s armed and police forces demonstrated their might, States and different departments put up an impressive show when they showcased their rich cultural diversity in full display in 19 tableaux — 14 from the States and five from the ministries.

Published on January 27, 2013