India is celebrating its 67th Republic Day. On January 26, 1950 India became a Republic and it was on this date that the Constitution of India came into effect.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to wish the country on the occasion.
“Republic Day greetings to all my fellow Indians…tributes to all great personalities who framed our Constitution…I salute Dr Ambedkar for his efforts as Chairman of (Constitution) Drafting Committee,” the PM said in a series of tweets on twitter.
In Delhi, the Republic Day parade was held in its full colour at the Rajpath. French President Francois Hollande was the chief guest at the event. The parade began after PM Modi paid a tribute to the country’s martyrs.
India’s military and cultural strength was at display at the parade. A total of 23 tableaux were displayed this year which included a giant statue of Dr BR Ambdekar. PM Modi’s initiatives like ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Digital India’ also found a place in the parade.
Massive security arrangements were in place to protect the dignitaries at the VVIP enclosure who were present at venue to watch the parade live. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Md Hamid Ansari, PM Modi and chief guest President Hollande were all seated in the VVIP glass enclosure with other dignitaries.
It is said that 50,000 security personnel and 1,000 snipers were deployed to protect area around Rajpath for the parade goes on smoothly. Not just the area around the parade venue, most of Delhi saw unprecedented security on Tuesday morning. There was heavy frisking in most public places including malls and metro stations. On the street, troops carrying guns stood on alert. All cars were stopped in certain areas and commuters were asked to step down for a security check. Delhi was also converted into a no-fly zone during the course of the parade.
The unprecedented security was in place in the wake of intelligence inputs that terrorist organisations may be planning a terror attack to hinder the Republic Day celebrations and mar the public spirit. All major metropolitan cities have strict security measures in place.
Not just in Delhi, celebrations and flag-hoisting ceremonies were held in several states all across India. The Indian flag was unfurled by state Governors at different events that were held in the state capitals.
(With inputs from PTI)