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File Photo- Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Obama will be the first United States president to be the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations in January 2015.   <b>Car Chulbula Hai</b>
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We checked Youtube. Bombay's R-Day parade on Marine Drive being what it is, none of those sonorous commentators were at hand to tell us what the make of that piece of vintage metal was. But it does host a lad whose forebears have done this trick, sitting prim at the wheel as a cut-and-paste landscape bucked and careened in the rearview. President Pranab Mukherjee arrives in a ceremonial buggy for the Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina hill, in New Delhi. An illuminated Raisina Hill after the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Men of the Indian navy at the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. The Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Raisina Hill after the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee arrives at the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee arrives at the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal greets Union Minister Farooq Abdullah at the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister AK Antony and MoS Jitendra Singh at the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Illuminated Raisina Hill during the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Spectators during the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Camel mounted soldiers of India’s Border Security Force during a rehearsal of the Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina hill, New Delhi. President's bodyguards during a rehearsals for the Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina Hillls in New Delhi Services' bands during rehearsals for the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. President's cavalry returns after a rehearsal of the Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina hill, New Delhi. Girls with their faces painted in tricolor during 65th Republic Day celebration in Allahabad.

Soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Students hold the flag as they perform a dance during the Republic Day celebrations in Hyderabad.

Air Force fighter planes fly over Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.


A soldier stands next to a graffiti on Republic Day in Srinagar.
Shops and business establishment remained closed on Republic Day as separatists called for a general strike in Kashmir.

Air force marches during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was the chief guest at the Republic day parade arrives at Rajpath to see the ceremony. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives as the chief guest to watch Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Russian made T-90 tanks roll down Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the 65th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.

Several military bands perform during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.


A soldier, right, stands guard at a temporary checkpoint during a general strike in Srinagar.

Floats of different Indian states roll down Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

A float of Maharashtra rolls down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

BSF daredevils perform at Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives to attend the ceremonial parade during Republic Day celebrations in Kolkata.



Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles, jointly developed by India and Russia, are displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.


Army soldiers display the military hardware during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Girls celebrate the 65th Republic day in Kashmir. 


Police daredevil performs a stunt during the Republic Day celebrations at MAM Stadium in Jammu.
Soldiers march in unison during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

President Pranab Mukherjee accepts a ceremonial salute, accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they leave Presidential Palace to attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Border Security Force soldiers dance to the tunes of patriotic songs during Republic Day celebrations at the Wagah border near Amritsar.

School children in tiger costumes dance during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

People wait to watch the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

A National Cadet Corps (NCC) parade commander celebrates after winning a parade prize during the Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati.

A Bharat Scouts and Guides parade commander during the Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati.

Border Security Force soldiers on camel backs march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

A supporter of Aam Admi Party carries a flag with a photograph of party leader Arvind Kejriwal as they march towards Gandhinagar, ahead of the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad.

Indian Railway Protection Force (RAF) soldiers mach during the Republic Day celebrations in Hyderabad.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacts with Kedarnath flood victims at Youth Congress headquarters in New Delhi.

Soldiers march through Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a reception hosted by President on Republic Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.


President Pranab Mukherjee,Vice President Hamid Ansari,  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Japan's Premire Shinzo Abe during a reception hosted by the President on the Republic Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Illuminated view of the Raisina Hills on 65th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Students salute during India's Republic Day in Srinagar.


Folk artists perform during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.


Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, being greeted by school children at Republic Day function organised by Delhi Government at Chhatrasal Stadium, New Delhi. Children run with Tricolour flags on the eve of Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, at Republic Day function organised by Delhi Government at Chhatrasal Stadium, New Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, at Republic Day function organised by Delhi Government at Chhatrasal Stadium, New Delhi Paramilitary soldiers patrol the railway tracks in front of a tunnel on the eve of  Republic Day celebrations in Baramura, near Agartala in Tripura. Rajpath on the eve of the Republic Day in New Delhi. Women in Allahabad on the eve of Republic Day. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the state level Republic Day function at Chhatrasal Stadium, in New Delhi. School Children perform during the state level Republic Day function at Chhatrasal Stadium, in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Srinagar. Security has been beefed up in most parts of the country ahead of Republic Day. A policeman frisks men at a temporary checkpoint in Srinagar ahead of Republic day. President Pranab Mukherjee delivering the Republic day message to the nation. Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, at Republic Day function organised by Delhi Government at Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi.  A Jammu Kashmir Police officer takes a picture of her colleagues as they wait for rehearsals to begin for the Republic Day parade in Srinagar. Indian army soldiers take part in the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India.

School children make a human tricolour during the final dress reharsal of Republic Day in Patiala. Artists perform during full dress rehearsal of Republic day parade in Kolkata. Indian army's Gorkha regiment marches during a full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India.

Folk artists perform at a full dress rehearsal of Republic day parade in Bhubaneswar. Illuminated Raisina Hill during the rehearsal for the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Students participate in a march during rehearsals for the Republic Day parade in Srinagar. Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters fly in formation during full dress rehearsals for the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi, India.


Tanks roll down Rajpath  ceremonial boulevard during full dress rehearsals of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India.

Tejas an Indian-made lightweight multirole light fighter, during full dress rehearsals for the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. Indian soldiers march during a full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi, India.

Indian soldiers march during a full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi.

Border Security Force personnel, mounted on camels participate in full dress rehearsals for the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi, India.


A tableau depicting the might of Indian historical figure Tipu Sultan moves past during full dress rehearsals for the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi, India.

Delhi policemen march during a rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Army daredevils perform a stunt at Rajpath during a rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Mechanised combat vehicles move at Rajpath during a rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi.


IAF fighter planes during a rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi. People crossing the road during Republic day rehearsal parade at Raisina Road, New Delhi.
President's bodyguard during the rehearsals for Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. Navy contingent during the rehearsals for Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. Army personnel during the rehearsals for Republic Day Parade, in New Delhil. School children rehearsing for upcoming  Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath, in New Delhi. School children rehearsing for upcoming Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. Soldiers march during a rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2014, in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2014, in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal interacting with NCC Cadets at the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2014, in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2014, in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal interacting with NCC Cadets at the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2014, in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2014, in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with his wife Sunita at the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2014, in New Delhi. Presidential guards rehearse for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi. School children rehearsing for the upcoming  Republic Day function in New Delhi. Defence Minister AK Antony wears a headgear presented to him by Chhattisgarh artists during the prize distribution function for the 64th Republic Day parade tableaux in New Delhi. A view of illuminated Raisina Hill after the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee during the national anthem at the beating retreat ceremony in New Delhi. People admire illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan after the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Camel-mounted BSF soldiers at the beating retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. A man walks on a road leading to an illuminated Raisina hill and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, after the Beating Retreat ceremony, in New Delhi. A view of illuminated Raisina Hill after the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Spectators at the beating retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar arrives to meet tribals who participated in the Republic Day Parade-2013 at Parliament House in New Delhi. The illuminated Raisina Hills after the Beating Retreat Ceremony. Rashtrapati Bhawan, background left, and the Parliament, right, stand illuminated during rehearsals for the upcoming Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Rashtrapati Bhawan, background left, and the Parliament, right, stand illuminated during rehearsals for the upcoming Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Rashtrapati Bhawan, background center, and the Parliament, right, stand illuminated during rehearsals for the upcoming Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Vice President Hamid Ansari with his wife Salma interacts with Himachali artists during a meeting with tableaux artists who participated in 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Tribals present a traditional headgear to Vice President Hamid Ansari during his meeting with tableaux artists who participated in 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Vice President's wife Salma is also seen. An artist, who participated in the Republic Day Parade-2013, performs during a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. Camel mounted Indian Border Security Force soldiers in their ceremonial dress participate in full dress rehearsals of the Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina hill which houses India's most important ministries and presidential palace, in New Delhi. The ceremony is held annually on Jan. 29, marking the end of republic day celebrations. An artist, who participated in the Republic Day Parade-2013, performs during a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi. Artistes dance who participated in the Republic Day Parade-2013, during a meeting with  President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Members of Indian Naval band leave after  full dress rehearsals of the Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina hill which houses India's most important ministries and presidential palace, in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee pose with tableau artistes who participated in the Republic Day Parade-2013, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. People walk past the Rastrapati Bhawan, illuminated to mark Republic Day in New Delhi. People walk past Raisina Hill, illuminated to mark Republic Day in New Delhi. Jawans march at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. School children perform at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. IAF's Sukhoi-30 MKI planes flying past during 64th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Paramilitary force soldiers march during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. Paramilitary forces march during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. Army soldiers march during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. Officers from the Border Security Forces ride camels during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Services chief paying tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi. The long range ballistic Agni-V missile is displayed during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers march during Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Kerala tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. People watch the lights at Raisina Hill illuminated to mark Republic Day in New Delhi. CPWD tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Little Buddhist monks celebrate Republic Day at Tergar monastary in Gaya. Chou dancers from Purulia perform during  Republic Day celebrations in Kolkata. Students perform during Republic Day celebrations at Marina Beach in Chennai. Jawans march at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Marching contingents at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Army artillery is displayed  during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. Himachal Pradesh tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah hoists the Tricolour as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa looks on during Republic Day function in Chennai. Bihar tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Students dressed in traditional clothing perform a dance during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee and Chief Guest King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck received by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on their arrival during Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Indian Army vehicles travel in formation during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. BSF Commandant Satish Kumar giving sweets to Pakistan Rangers' Wing Commander Adnan Sher Khan on  the occasion of 64th Republic Day at Attari border. The long range ballistic Agni-V missile is displayed during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. Paramilitary forces march during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. A tableaux representing Karnataka, showing local handicraft, drives by during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. Army soldier performs a stunt by riding through a burning ring during a function to mark  Republic Day in Bangalore. The President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Vice President, Mohd. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries at the Salami Manch on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, at Rajpath. Soldiers march during Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi. IAF's Jaguar planes flying past during 64th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Camel mounted Border Security Force soldiers in their ceremonial uniform march during Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi. Military motorcycle stunt riders dressed in the color of the national flag perform during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. Students dressed in traditional clothing perform a Purulia Chhau dance during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. The BrahMos missile launchers are displayed during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. The President, Pranab Mukherjee and the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck being received by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Defence Minister, A.K. Antony, on their arrival at Salami Manch, on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, at Rajpath, in New Delhi. Naval contingent marches during Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers march during Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar offers sweets to schoolgirls at his official residence on the occasion of Republic Day in Patna. A tableau displaying freedom fighter Birsa Munda during Republic Day celebrations in Ranchi. School children celebrating Republic Day in Moradabad. School children perform during Republic Day celebration at Assam Rifles ground in Agartala. The President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest of Republic Day the King of Bhutan, his Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrive at the Salami Manch on the occasion of the 64th Republic day celebrations, in New Delhi. A paramilitary soldier stands guard during a strike in Srinagar. Shops and business establishment remained closed on India's Republic Day as separatists called for a general strike. J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with his ministerial colleagues during Republic Day parade in Jammu. A tableaux representing Uttar Pradesh move past during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi. Indian Rail tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Jammu & Kashmir tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Urmila Singh is welcomed by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh at the 64th Republic day function in Shimla. IAF fighter aircrafts fly past India Gate during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal and Chief Minister Narendra Modi salute during Republic day function in Dangs. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gives away land-patta to a dalit woman during the Republic Day function in Patna.  NCC cadets march during Republic Day parade in Kolkata. UP Governor BL Joshi with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during Republic Day parade in Lucknow. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, greets Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, second from left, as Bhutan's Queen Jetsun Pema and President Pranab Mujherjee, right, stand during a ceremonial reception for Wangchuk, in New Delhi. Wangchuck is on a seven-day official visit to India, will be the chief guest on Republic Day Parade. President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the Nation on the eve of the 64th Republic Day, in New Delhi A Delhi police van stands in front of the India Gate ahead of Republic Day in New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit presents a cheque for Rs 2 Cr to Olympic medal winner wrestler Sushil Kumar at Republic Day parade at Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi. CBI officials who have been chosen for Police Medal for meritorious services on the occasion of Republic Day. A cadet of the National Cadet Corps gives orders during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in Jammu. Civil Defence cadets march during full dress rehearsal for Republic day parade in Kolkata. Security personnel keep vigil from a house located near Bakhshi stadium, the main venue of Republic Day function, in Srinagar. Members of  India's military band rehearse for the upcoming Beating Retreat ceremony as workers test the illumination at Raisina hill. School children perform a folk dance during a dress rehearsal for the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Soldiers march during full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2013 in New Delhi. The long range ballistic Agni-V missile is displayed during a dress rehearsal for the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi. An army soldier in ceremonial dress stands guard as the India Gate is shrouded in heavy fog prior to a dress rehearsal for the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Delhi policemen march during a dress rehearsal for the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Indian Air force fighter jets display a fly-by during a dress rehearsal for the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi. CRPF jawans march at Rajpath during full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2013  in New Delhi. An Indian army soldier gives command as he leads a contingent during a dress rehearsal for the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Daredevils of the Border Security Force display a formation on their motorcycles during a dress rehearsal for the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Soldiers march during full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2013  in New Delhi. Men and women wearing traditional attire from the northeastern state of Meghalaya perform on their state's tableaux during a press preview for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Men wearing festive dresses from Orissa wait in front of their state tableaux that will participate in the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi. BSF daredevils rehearse for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. IAF's planes fly past during a rehearsal for Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Commandoes stand guard during a rehearsal for Republic Day parade in New Delhi. A BSF daredevil rehearses for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Madhya Pradesh Sports Academy players perform 'Rope Malkhambh' during the rehearsal for Republic Day celebration in Bhopal.    BSF daredevils rehearse for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. BSF daredevils rehearse for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Mounted Presidential Bodyguards rehearse in front of the India Gate, for the upcoming Beating Retreat ceremony near the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. School children rehearse for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Indian armed forces participate in rehearsals for Republic Day parade in New Delhi. BSF daredevils rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Camel-mounted BSF soldiers rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. BSF soldiers, mounted on camels, participate in a rehearsal for the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Cadets perform a cultural programme during Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral DK Joshi's visit to the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2013 in New Delhi. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi inspecting a guard of honour during a visit to the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2013 in New Delhi. BSF soldiers, mounted on camels, participate in a rehearsal for the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. President's body guards goes back to Rashtrapati Bhawan after rehearsal for republic day parade during a foggy morning in New Delhi. School students performing at the press preview for the 64th Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Delhi Police personnel rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. President's body guards come out from Rashtrapati Bhawan for rehearsal for republic day parade at north block in New Delhi. Chief of Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh interacts with cadets during his visit at the NCC Republic Day Camp 2013 in New Delhi. Delhi Police personnel rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Delhi Police personnel rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on foggy morning. <b>One cut</b> Gorkha Rifles contingent at a Republic Day parade Defence Minister A K Antony with Jammu and Kashmir tableaux artists during the prize distribution function for the 63rd Republic Day parade tableaus in New Delhi. Army, navy and air force bands play at Vijay Chowk, flanked by the north and south block that house several Indian ministries, during Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony marks the end of Republic Day festivities. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh walks past Chief  of Army staff Gen V K Singh at the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Defence Minister A K Antony with Chief  of Army staff Gen V K Singh at the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delh. Presidential bodyguards stand in formation at Vijay Chowk, flanked by the north and south block that house several Indian ministries at the end of Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony marks the end of Republic Day festivities. Defence Minister A.K Anthony, fifth left, looks at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony marks the end of Republic Day festivities. President Pratibha Patil dances with Kashmiri artistes who participated in the Republic Day Parade, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. President Pratibha Patil is presented a tribal headgear during a meeting with artistes who participated in the Republic Day Parade-2012, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. A combo image shows Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt giving his speech by sitting on a chair (at left) after he almost fainted while addressing the Republic Day function in Raipur on Thursday Jan 26.  Camel mounted Indian Border Security force soldiers leave at end of the final dress rehearsal of the Beating Retreat, in New Delhi. The official ceremony on January 29th marks the end of Republic Day festivities. A water fountain reflects an illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan, coinciding with Republic Day ceremonies in New Delhi.  A water fountain reflects the illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan, coinciding with Republic Day ceremonies in New Delhi.  A vendor wears horns as he stands in front of India Gate lit with the national flag on Republic Day in New Delhi. SSB soldiers march during the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. BSF soldiers ride camels in formation on Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, third left, is served snacks during the At-Home function coinciding with Republic Day ceremonies in New Delhi.  Defence Minister AK Antony and Army Chief Gen VK Singh during 63rd Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldier stands guard on a deserted street during a general strike in Srinagar. Shops and business establishment remained closed on the 63rd anniversary celebrations of Republic Day as separatists called for general strike to observe the day as black day. Indian army soldiers ride on T-72 tanks on Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Girls wearing traditional clothing dance for dignitaries during the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. BSF Daredevils perform a stunt on motorcycles in formation on Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. An army soldier salutes dignitaries as he rides in a truck carrying SMERCH rockets on Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Performers wave to the crowd from the float of the state of Goa on Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Police and army soldiers march towards India Gate on Rajpath during the main Republic Day parade on Rajpath, in New Delhi. India is marking it's 63rd Republic Day with military parades across the country. Border Security Force soldiers ride camels on Rajpath during the main Republic Day parade on Rajpath, in New Delhi. Indian army helicopters fly in formation over the Republic Day parade on Rajpath, in New Delhi. Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra waves as she leaves with President Pratibha Patil, to her right, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left after attending the Republic Day parade as chief guest, in New Delhi. Air Force Sukhoi fighter jets fly in formation over Rajpath during the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. School girls offer sweets to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during 63rd Republic Day function at his official residence in Patna. Artists perform during 63rd Republic Day function in Imphal. Governor of Jharkhand, Syed Ahmed inspecting the parade during 63rd Republic Day function in Ranchi. Artists perform a folk dance during 63rd Republic Day function in Guwahati. Paramilitary soldiers march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Women dance in their colourful traditional dresses during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. A view of marching contingents at Rajpath during 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Paramiitary soldiers from BSF, the only camel mounted band in the world, play music as they march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. MI- 17 helicopters shower flower petals on spectators as mechanised columns and marching contingents are seen at Rajpath during 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Chief guest Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Children dressed in regional costumes perform a dance routine on Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. National bravery awards winner children during 63rd Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. School students perform during 63rd Republic Day parade at Marina in Chennai. The tableau of Information Technology Department on display at the 63rd Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Contingents march at the 63rd Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers march down Rajpath during the main Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Security jawans patrol near Lal Chowk during a strike call given by separatist leaders on Republic Day in Srinagar. Anti Aircraft Gun L-70 being exhibited during 63rd Republic Day parade in Kolkata. A Jammu and Kashmir Police daredevil performs during 63rd Republic Day function at Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu. Women celebrating 63rd Republic Day in Ahmedabad. IAF's Jaguar fighter planes fly past during 63rd Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Subedar Major, Honorary Lieutenant (retd) Joginder Singh receives Ashok Chakra (posthumously) from President Pratibha Patil on behalf of his son Lt. Navdeep Singh during the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. A man dressed as Mahatma Gandhi interacts with security women during 63rd Republic Day function in Patna. A street vendor tries to sell candy floss in the backdrop of the illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan coinciding with Republic Day ceremonies in New Delhi. People climb on an Army tank near the India Gate following the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. A traffic police woman guides traffic flow back dropped by the illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan coinciding with Republic Day ceremonies in New Delhi.  Soldiers march in formation on Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. President Pratibha Devisingh Patil addressing the nation on the eve of 63rd Republic Day in New Delhi. Soldiers march as they practice before taking part in a dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in Bangalore.  Artists perform during the full dress rehearsal for Republic Day parade at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar. An Indian military band performs in front of the Presidential Palace complex during rehearsals for the Beating the Retreat ceremony, part of the Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi. Beating the Retreat ceremony is held on Jan. 29. BSF soldiers march at Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. Assam Rifles soldiers march past at Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. A nuclear capable missile Agni-IV with a range of 2,500-3,500 kilometers is displayed during the final rehearsal of Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Indian Air Force's Su-30 fighter planes fly past during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. Assam tableau on display during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. Tableau of Election Commission of India on display during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. West Bengal's tableau on display during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. Jammu & Kashmir's tableau on display during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. An Indian army contingent marches past at the Republic Day rehearsals in Kolkata A painter returns from work during preparations for the Beating Retreat ceremony near the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. A folk dancer from Karnataka state performs a dance during a media preview for the upcoming Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. BSF daredevils rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on a foggy morning. Soldiers rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Army bandsmen rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Daredevils rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. Children, who will be honoured with National Bravery Awards on Republic Day, during a press conference in New Delhi. BSF soldiers rehearse for the Republic Day parade at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. An Army officer briefs his men amidst winter morning fog before the start of Republic Day parade rehearsals, in New Delhi. At least 50 flights were delayed and take-offs put off for four hours at the IGI airport as blinding fog enveloped the capital. BSF daredevils rehearsing for the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. A drill instructor adjusts the head gear of a soldier at a practice for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Soldiers train on stunt motorcycles in preparation for an upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Soldiers train on stunt motorcycles in preparation for an upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi  Grenadiers march during the full dress rehearsal for Army Day parade at Delhi Cantt in New Delhi. Music director Adesh Srivastava seeks blessings of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee during the launch of Pragati ki Dhadkan, signature tune of the Indian Customs, during a function in New Delhi. The tune, composed by Adesh Srivastava, will be played alongside the tableau of Indian Customs at the forthcoming Republic Day parade. BSF jawans rehearsing for the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Delhi Police jawans rehearsing for the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi.  Para-military jawans rehearsing for the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Delhi Police jawans rehearsing for the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Army chief General V K Singh interacts with NCC cadets during a visit to the NCC Republic Day camp in New Delhi. Singh, who is at the centre of a row over his age said the issue related to his integrity and honour even as the government said the matter was being dealt with fairly and justly and hoped the controversy will end. Assam Rifles jawans march during the rehearsals for Republic Day at Rajpath in New Delhi. President's Body Guard at Rajpath during rehearsals for Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. CISF jawans rehearsing for the 63rd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers perform neck exercises after rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day parade  amidst morning fog, in New Delhi. Soldiers stretch with their rifles as they take part in a rehearsal on Rajpath for next month's Republic Day, on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi. Soldiers stretch with their rifles as they take part in a rehearsal on Rajpath for the 2012 Republic Day, on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi. Soldiers stretch with their rifles as they take part in a rehearsal on Rajpath for the Republic Day on Jan 26, 2012, on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi. Soldiers march as they take part in a rehearsal on Rajpath for the 2012 Republic Day, on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi. CISF jawans rehearsing for the 63rd Republic Day parade amidst dense fog in New Delhi. (From R to L) Indian defence chiefs Gen V.K. Singh, the IAF’s P.V. Naik and navy’s Nirmal Verma at a 2011 R-Day function Artists perform during the prize distribution function for the 62nd Republic Day parade tableaux in New Delhi. Water flows from a fountain in front of an illuminated Rashtrapati Bhavan complex, lit up in preparation for the Beating Retreat, in New Delhi. People watch the the illuminated Raisina Hills after the full dress rehearsal of Beating the Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. 
Piled up chairs in a lawn along Rajpath as preparation for Beating Retreat ceremony are underway in New Delhi. An army contingent marches during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

Paramilitary soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India An Indian navy contingent marches past at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, An army contingent of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment marches past at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi A Delhi Police contingent marches past at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Indian army soldiers of Sikh Light Infantry Regiment march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi A paramilitary contingent marches past at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, An Indian navy contingent marches past at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, An Indian army contingent of the Punjab Regiment marches past at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Camel mounted Indian Border Security Force band performs during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Camel-mounted Border Security contingent marches past at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi An Indian army officer gives command during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi School children perform Bhangra during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Schoolchildren perform a Rajasthan folk dance at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, School children perform a Punjabi folk dance Bhangra at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Artists from Gujarat perform during the 62nd Republic Day function at Marina Beach in Chennai Artists perform during 62nd Republic day function in Leh Hunpung Thawanjao dance troupe during the 62 Republic Day function in Imphal Army tanks roll out during the Republic Day parade in the backdrop of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi

An Indian army soldier salutes beside a Pinaka multiple rocket launcher at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India Paramilitary soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi People watch Indian army tanks roll out during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Paramilitary soldiers march past at the Republic Day parade in the backdrop of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in  New Delhi A  paramilitary contingent marches during the Republic Day celebrations in Bangalore A floral tableau by Central Public Works Department depicts the theme Save Tigers during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Panchayati Raj Ministry tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Tableaus on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Punjab tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi CSIR tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Agriculture Ministry tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Maharashtra tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Folk dancers perform alongside a tableau from Maharashtra at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Tripura tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Artists perform at Assam tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath Culture Ministry tableau on display during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi The tableaux of Punjab depicting a scene from a Punjabi wedding, moves past the crowd during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Kashmiri students salute during Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, center, greets the crowd as he walks back with Indian leaders after the completion of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi Kashmiri students and other participants prepare to leave after Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar Police officers stand guard outside media offices during a curfew in Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir state policemen perform motorcycle stunts during Republic Day celebrations in Jammu A Jammu and Kashmir state policeman performs a motorcycle stunt during Republic Day celebrations in Jammu Army's Assam regiment soldier commands his troupe during the Republic Day parade in Calcutta Indian army soldiers perform motorcycle stunts as they carry the Indian flag at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Mi-17 helicopters shower flower petals before the start of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi IAF fighter planes fly past during Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi Gujarat Governor Kamla Devi and Chief Minister Narendra Modi during Republic Day function in Surat Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj with Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa during the Republic Day parade at Manikshaw parade ground in Bangalore Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj (R) and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa exchange greetings during the Republic Day parade at Manikshaw parade ground in Bangalore Assam Governor J B Patnaik and Chief Minister Tarun arrive for the Republic Day parade at Latasil Parade ground in Guwahati Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati arrives to take salute during Republic Day parade in Lucknow Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar takes salutes of security persons as he comes out for the Republic Day parade from his official residence in Patna Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather taking salute during the Republic Day parade at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar Actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao attending a Republic Day celebration at Dhobi Ghat, Mahalakshmi in Mumbai The three services chiefs Gen V K Singh (R), Air Chief Marshal P V Naik and Admiral Nirmal Verma (L) during the At Home function hosted by President Pratibha Patil on the occasion of Republic Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is received by the three services chiefs Gen V K Singh, Admiral Nirmal Verma and Air Chief Marshal P V Naik as he arrives for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi Wing Commander Mohd Usman (L) of Pakistani Rangers gives a sweet packet to BSF DIG Sanjeev Bhanot  on the occasion of India's Republic Day celebrations at the Indo-Pak International  border near Amritsar A view of the Raisina Hills illuminated on the evening of Republic Day in New Delhi A view of the Raisina Hills illuminated on the evening of Republic Day in New Delhi People visit the Rajpath near India Gate on the evening of Republic Day in New Delhi  A view of the Raisina Hills illuminated on the evening of Republic Day in New Delhi A Kashmiri man and his son sit outside a closed shop during curfew in Srinagar. Thousands of policemen in J&K prevented BJP and a separatist group from raising flags for their opposing causes in Lal Chowk to mark Republic Day. BJP activists shout slogans from a bus after police detained them during a protest in Jammu. BJP activists wave party flags from atop a bus during a protest in Jammu. Policemen watch a protest by BJP activists in Jammu. The government has deployed thousands of security men to thwart BJP's plans to raise the country's flag in the heart of Kashmir, home to a separatist insurgency on Republic Day. The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil addressing the Nation on the eve of the 62nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.  Camel mounted paramilitary soldiers stand in the backdrop of India Gate war memorial, illuminated on top with the tricolour, during rehearsal for the Beating the Retreat ceremony, part of the Republic Day preparations in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meeting NCC cadets participating in forthcoming Republic Day parade during PM's tea for NCC cadets and tableaus artists in New Delhi. A girl, part of a cyclist group rallying for environmental awareness, carries the National Flag in the backdrop of Presidential Palace in New Delhi. A worker is seen silhouetted as he places the National flag on a pole during preparations for the upcoming Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. A paramilitary soldier stands guard as a police man's baton is placed against a wall in Srinagar. Security in Kashmir has been beefed up ahead of Republic Day. BJP MP Navjot Singh Siddhu welcomes BJYM President Anurag Thakur as he arrives in Amirtsar during the Rashtriya Ekta Yatra. Determined to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day, BJP accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Omar Abdullah government of surrendering to separatists and displaying disproportionate and panic reaction. A view of the Assam tableau (R) on display during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day at Rajpath in New Delhi. A policeman conducts a search inside a passenger bus during intensified security measures ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, in Srinagar. A view of the Tripura tableau during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day at Rajpath in New Delhi. A view of the illuminated North ahead of the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. Students smile as they take part in a fancy dress competition organised as part of the Republic Day celebrations at their school in Indore IAF fighter planes flying in a pattern during a rehearsal for Republic day function in New Delhi. Army daredevils during a rehearsal for Republic day function in New Delhi. Tejas, India's first indigenous combat jet, is displayed during Republic Day parade rehearsals in New Delhi. Soldiers rehearse for Republic day function in New Delhi. Army soldiers gather during Republic Day parade rehearsals in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers dance before the start of Republic Day parade rehearsals in New Delhi. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah talks to the media after meeting Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi. Omar met Home Minister P Chidambaram to convey the state government's assessment of the situation in view of BJP's plan to hoist the tricolour in Srinagar's Lal Chowk area on Republic Day.
Indian Air Force band plays as they return during rehearsal for the Beating the Retreat ceremony, part of the Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi. The Beating the Retreat ceremony is on Jan 29 after Republic Day celebrations on Jan 26. Indian Air Force personnel prepare to fold the national flag after a rehearsal for the Beating the Retreat ceremony, part of the Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.