The majestic Rajpath in Delhi saw a scintillating display of India’s military might and resplendent cultural diversity as the country celebrated its 68th Republic Day today, with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attending the event as guest of honour.
Light rain and overcast skies failed to dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of spectators who watched the nearly an hour-and-half-long parade along the imposing Rajpath, India’s ceremonial boulevard.
A major highlight of the parade was 149-member marching contingent from UAE comprising personnel from Presidential Guards, the Air Force, the Navy and Army, led by a band comprising 35 musicians from the Gulf country with which India’s defence and security ties are on an upswing.
In a first, the ‘black cat’ commandos of the elite counter-terror force National Security Guard (NSG) participated in the parade which drew loud cheers from the spectators.
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(With agency inputs)