Event held in Colombo to mark India's 68th Republic Day

Delhi's "model government school "was the theme of the tableau of the national capital that made a comeback in the Republic Day parade after three years".

Post the march past by the regiments from the Gorkha Regiment, Punjab Regiment and the Bihar Regiment, the vibrant hues of the Republic Day celebrations were also seen in the magnificent display of the different States.

Many states from the Northeast also found a place of their own in the procession.

The Republic Day celebrations began here, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the Chief Guest at the annual parade.

January 26, 2017 - 10:45 am: Photos from the Republic Day Parade - Military contingents marching down Rajpath.

This year, the NSG force-who are majorly seen securing the parade path and its surrounding-will also be seen marching along with other paramilitary troops such as CRPF and CISF.

Said Dr P.K. Ghosh, senior fellow at Delhi think-tank Observer Research Foundation: "The Make In India in defence is a grand initiative and has the best intention". Do share your experience about the whole mesmerizing ceremony.

So why was January 26 chosen as when India would observe its Republic Day?

Google had marked the 65th Republic Day with a doodle featuring "Jaanbaaz", BSF's motorcycle daredevils who delight the crowd at Rajpath every January 26, in their famous pyramidal formation.

"Republic Day is an example of how positive values propel nations into greatness".

The Indian Army's missile firing T-90 "Bhishma" tank, Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP-2K, Mobile Autonomous Launcher of the BrahMos Missile System, Weapon Locating Radar "Swathi" and Akash Weapons System, and Dhanush artillery guns were among the main draw in the mechanised columns. The tradition of the chief guest's country participating in the parade started past year.

On this day in 1950, the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office.

A team of 140 NSG commandos will showcase their skills in the Republic Day parade 2017 along with singing their anthem written by Gulzar. The induction of Tejas into the Indian Air Force is being done in a phased manner.

Folk artistes also danced on the Rajpath, representing India's rich heritage and cultural diversity.

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