India is celebrating its 68th Republic Day on Thursday. The day was marked by a grand parade in the national capital.
The main highlight of this year’s parade was a fly-past by Tejas, the made-in-India multi-role fighter jet that has been inducted into the Indian Air Force.
After a gap of 23 years, Lakshadweep participated in the parade with other states such as Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Gujarat, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh.
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Other participating tableaux essayed themes that included ‘Green India- Clean India’, ‘Beti Bacho Beti Padhao’, ‘Skill India’, a tribute to Lokmanya Tilak on his 160th birth anniversary, art and lifestyle of Kutch, model government schools of Delhi and several others.
A 149-member UAE Presidential Guard, the Air Force, the Navy and Army contingent led by a UAE band consisting of 35 musicians marched on Rajpath and presented a ceremonial salute to the President of India. The UAE military contingent was led by Lt. Col. Abood Musabeh Abood Musabeh Alghfeli.