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9 New Things We Got To Witness In The 70th Republic Day Parade

PRERNA YADAV | 0
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| January 26 , 2019 , 14:01 IST

India marks its 70th Republic Day on January 26, a day that honors the Constitution of India. Over 1.2 billion Indians witnessed the Republic Day celebrations at the India Gate parade. The chief guest at the prestigious event this year was South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The parade captures the essence of patriotism, pride and the day’s historic significance just right. And this year it has been all the more special and historic since we witnessed so many news things. Take a look:

  • 'Shankhanad', a martial tune created for the Indian Armed forces was played on the Rajpath instead of the martial tune which has been played since British time.
  • Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi created history by becoming the first woman army officer to lead an all-men contingent.
  • 70th Republic Day parade was a dazzling display of 'Nari Shakti' as for the first time an all-women contingent of the Assam Rifles marched at the Republic Day parade.
  • Indian Army's first female stunt rider Captain Shikha Surabhi was the first and only woman officer in the Indian Army's Motorcycle Daredevils Squad, a team comprising 33 men riding on 9 bikes in a pyramid formation and give a standing salute on the bike.
  • For the first time, four freedom fighters of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army, all aged over 90 years participated in the parade.
  • The artillery gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers recently acquired from the US and K9 Vajra, a self-propelled artillery gun was showcased in the parade 30 years after the induction of Bofors guns.
  • Niharika Bhatt, ASP, Chandigarh Police, became the first woman IPS officer to lead the Chandigarh Police contingent during the parade.
  • 22 tableaux showcased the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • For the first time, we witnessed AN-32 military transport aircraft by bio jet fuel flew over Rajpath.