In Pics: India Celebrates 72nd Republic Day In Shadow Of Pandemic

Republic Day 2021: Apart from a reduced list of events, the parade saw a shorter route, no chief guest, fewer spectators, no children under 15 in the annual parade, and fewer soldiers in the Army and Navy contingents.

In Pics: India Celebrates 72nd Republic Day In Shadow Of Pandemic

Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30s and Mig 29s with a C-17 Globemaster fly past in a formation.

New Delhi:

India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day parade today with a shortened programme because of the coronavirus pandemic. Apart from a reduced list of events, the parade saw a shorter route, no chief guest, fewer spectators, no children under 15 in the annual parade, and fewer soldiers in the Army and Navy contingents. However, the newly inducted Rafale fighter jet was among the many stars on show, as was a Bangladeshi tri-service contingent that led the parade on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 India-Pakistan war. 

vj1s1too

Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel take part in the Republic Day Parade in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad.

innhhdro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Rajpath to attend the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.

9pu2hjdk

Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth stands on the IAF tableau as it moves past Rajpath during Republic Day celebrations

uofkb2r8

Artists perform during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Gauhati High Court in Guwahati.

n4ktaklo

Gujarat Police contingent participate in a parade on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in Ahmedabad.

j0lsgq9o

Uttar Pradesh's tableau displayed the state's cultural city of Ayodhya and the Ram temple

vm9inuj

Artists perform a traditional dance on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, at Pandit Ravishankar Shukla Stadium in Jabalpur.

jv8ftdl8

A women contingent of Tamil Nadu Police Special Force marches during the 72nd Republic Day parade, in Chennai.

4f0u7dtg

Performers dance next to a float representing Ladakh region on Rajpath during the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.

ln4kjoso

Members of Army's band perform along Rajpath during the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.

drabpq8g

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers on the camelback march along Rajpath during the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.

0qc513o4

COVID-19 vaccine tableau passes through Rajpath during Republic Day celebrations.

5d33ijrg

Soldiers march along Rajpath during the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.

n3sgs15

India's new Rafale fighter jet took to the skies and concluded the flypast by carrying out the demanding and spectacular "Vertical Charlie" formation