All Republic Day chief guests in 1 chart: France tops invite list

French President Francois Hollande is the fifth head of state to have been invited from France making the country the ‘most invited’ nation during India’s Republic Day celebrations.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2016 16:33 IST
HT Correspondent, New Delhi
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Indian security forces march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India.(AP)

French President Francois Hollande is the fifth head of state to have been invited from France making the country the ‘most invited’ nation during India’s Republic Day celebrations.

From Indonesian President Dr Sukarno, who was the chief guest at the first Republic Day, to Hollande, a total of 58 foreign heads of state have participated as guests of honour.

Here is a graphic that shows all the chief guests who were invited by India in the last 67 years.

Algeria43AlgeriaArgentina27ArgentinaAustralia21AustraliaBhutan130BhutanBrazil84BrazilBulgaria11BulgariaCambodia7CambodiaDuke of Edinburgh4Duke of EdinburghFrance188FranceGreece28GreeceIndonesia54IndonesiaIran45IranIreland20IrelandJapan56JapanKazakhstan51KazakhstanMaldives33MaldivesMauritius89MauritiusMexico23MexicoNepal41NepalNigeria67NigeriaPakistan11PakistanPeru29PeruPoland19PolandPortugal34PortugalRepublic of Korea52Republic of KoreaRussia49RussiaSaudi Arabia48Saudi ArabiaSFR Yugoslavia25SFR YugoslaviaSingapore36SingaporeSouth Africa37South AfricaSpain24SpainSri Lanka46Sri LankaTanzania12TanzaniaThailand54ThailandTrinidad and Tobago39Trinidad and TobagoUnited Kingdom41United KingdomUSA57USAUSSR14USSRViet Nam31Viet NamZaire14ZaireZambia17ZambiaFirst Secretary Edward Gierek19First Secretary Edward GierekFood and Agriculture Minister Rana Abdul Hamid8Food and Agriculture Minister Rana Abdul HamidFrancois Hollande58Francois HollandeGeneral Secretary Nguyen Van Linh31General Secretary Nguyen Van LinhGovernor General Malik Ghulam Muhammad3Governor General Malik Ghulam MuhammadKing Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud[48King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud[King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev41King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah DevKing Jigme Dorji Wangchuck2King Jigme Dorji WangchuckKing Jigme Singye Wangchuck73King Jigme Singye WangchuckKing Juan Carlos I24King Juan Carlos IKing Norodom Sihanouk7King Norodom SihanoukKing of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck55King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel WangchuckPresident Abdelaziz Bouteflika43President Abdelaziz BouteflikaPresident Alan García29President Alan GarcíaPresident Barack Obama57President Barack ObamaPresident Cassam Uteem44President Cassam UteemPresident Dr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso38President Dr. Fernando Henrique CardosoPresident Jacques Chirac40President Jacques ChiracPresident José López Portillo23President José López PortilloPresident Josip Broz Tito25President Josip Broz TitoPresident Julius Nyerere12President Julius NyererePresident Junius Jayewardene30President Junius JayewardenePresident Kenneth Kaunda17President Kenneth KaundaPresident Kliment Voroshilov5President Kliment VoroshilovPresident Lee Myung Bak52President Lee Myung BakPresident Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva46President Luiz Inacio Lula da SilvaPresident Mário Soares34President Mário SoaresPresident Maumoon Abdul Gayoom33President Maumoon Abdul GayoomPresident Mobutu Sese Seko14President Mobutu Sese SekoPresident Mohammed Khatami45President Mohammed KhatamiPresident Nelson Mandela37President Nelson MandelaPresident Nicolas Sarkozy50President Nicolas SarkozyPresident Nursultan Nazarbayev51President Nursultan NazarbayevPresident Olusegun Obasanjo42President Olusegun ObasanjoPresident Patrick Hillery20President Patrick HilleryPresident Raúl Alfonsín27President Raúl AlfonsínPresident Shehu Shagari25President Shehu ShagariPresident Sukarno1President SukarnoPresident Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono53President Susilo Bambang YudhoyonoPresident Valéry Giscard d’Estaing22President Valéry Giscard d’EstaingPresident Vladimir Putin49President Vladimir PutinPrime Minister Alexei Kosygin9Prime Minister Alexei KosyginPrime Minister Andreas Papandreou28Prime Minister Andreas PapandreouPrime Minister Anerood Jugnauth32Prime Minister Anerood JugnauthPrime Minister Basdeo Panday39Prime Minister Basdeo PandayPrime Minister Goh Chok Tong36Prime Minister Goh Chok TongPrime Minister Jacques Chirac18Prime Minister Jacques ChiracPrime Minister John Major35Prime Minister John MajorPrime Minister Malcolm Fraser21Prime Minister Malcolm FraserPrime Minister of Bulgaria Todor Zhivkov11Prime Minister of Bulgaria Todor ZhivkovPrime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam13Prime Minister Seewoosagur RamgoolamPrime Minister Shizo Abe56Prime Minister Shizo AbePrime Minister Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike16Prime Minister Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias BandaranaikePrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra54Prime Minister Yingluck ShinawatraPrince Philip4Prince PhilipQueen Elizabeth II6Queen Elizabeth II195011950195421954195531955195941959196051960196161961196371963196581965196819196819691119691971121971197213197219731419731974311974197517197519761819761977191977197820197819792119791980221980198123198119822419821983251983198426198419852719851986281986198729198719883019881989311989199032199019913319911992341992199335199319943619941995371995199638199619973919971998401998199941199920004220002001432001200244200220034520032004462004200547200520064820062007492007200850200820095120092010522010201153201120125420122013552013201456201420155720152016582016

France was invited five times, followed by Bhutan (four), Mauritius (three), Nepal, Pakistan, Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, UK, Yugoslavia and the USSR were all invited twice each. Rest were all invited only once.

Erstwhile Yugoslavia’s former President Josip Broz Tito and former King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck have had the distinction of being guests of honour twice.

The years 1968 and 1974 were unique as India hosted two chief guests on both the years.

First Published: Jan 26, 2016 16:26 IST