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India Marks Republic Day With Colourful Parade

India celebrated its 74th Republic Day on Thursday with a colourful parade displaying military might and cultural diversity.

The public holiday marks the anniversary of India officially adopting its constitution, making it a sovereign republic.

Its highlight is a parade which is held in capital city Delhi and telecast live across the country.

Every year, the country also invites a foreign dignitary as the chief guest to the parade – this year, Egypt’s president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was the guest of honour.

Hundreds of people braved the January chill to watch the parade, which passes through the newly renovated Kartavya Path (formerly Rajpath).

A contingent of 144 soldiers from the Egyptian armed forces also took part in the parade.

Several marching contingents, including those of the navy, featured women. An all-women contingent of the Central Reserve Police Force was one of the highlights of this year’s parade.

The Naval contingent featured six Agniveers – soldiers from the Indian army’s new hiring scheme.

The parade also showcased India’s emphasis on manufacturing indigenous weapons. The British-era 25-pounder guns usually used for the traditional 21-gun salute to the President were replaced with 105mm field guns made in India.

Indian-made defence equipment and military systems were on display.

Some regiments came astride camels and horses, which were also on display

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