67th India Republic Day
This year, India celebrated its 67th Republic Day with a much pomp-filled spectacle, including daredevil stunts and flamboyantly coordinated acts. It was a gallant affair showcasing military prowess and glimpses of the nation’s rich heritage. The occasion was graced by French President Francois Hollande as the chief guest this year invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to showcase solidarity against recent terrorist attacks. Thousands gathered near Rajpath, Delhi, to witness the grandeur braving thick smog and shivering winter chills.
This year the celebrations were commenced at Amar Jawan Jyoti Memorial at IndiaGatewhere PM Narendra Modi honored countless Indian soldiers who have laid down their lives in battles since World War I. Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Cabinet Ministers and a host of dignitaries were present at the auspicious event.
Additional vigil had been deployed across the national capital on the eve of the 67th Republic Day, in view of intelligence reporting that Delhi might be the target for some terror groups.
Several firsts to boast about on this 67th Republic Day: