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Sikh marching contingent jointly won award for the best marching contingent among the two services in Republic Day Parade-2015. Guards marching contingent jointly won award for the best marching contingent among the two services in Republic Day Parade-2015.. An illuminated North Block and South Block in New Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day. Illuminated Raisina Hill on the occasion of Republic Day, in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers march during the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. A bird’s eye view of Rajpath, during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. The tableau of CPWD passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the 66th Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Border Security Force soldiers perform a motorcycle stunt during Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Brahmos Weapon System on display during the 66th Republic Day Celebration at Rajpath, in New Delhi. BSF's camel contingent marches during the 66th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. BJP leader Kiran Bedi during the 66th Republic Day Celebration at Rajpath in New Delhi. For the first time in the history of India's Republic Day, women empowerment in the armed forces was showcased as an all-women contingent from the three forces- Army, Air Force and Navy- marched down the majestic Rajpath, in New Delhi. Army soldiers march during the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. Border Security Force daredevils perform a motorcycle stunt during Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. The tableau of the Andhra Pradesh passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama at the 66th Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. U.S. President Barack Obama, second right, and first lady Michelle Obama, second left, are greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as they arrive for Republic Day in New Delhi. Paramilitary soldiers march during Republic Day parade in New Delhi. The National Bravery Awards-2014 winning children passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. Pinaka 214 MM Multiple Barrel Rocket Launcher System passes through the Rajpath during the 66thRepublic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. The tableau representing Maharashtra moves past during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. A marching contingent during the 66th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. President, Pranab Mukherjee giving away the highest gallantry award Ashok Chakra to Major Mukund Varadarajan 44th Battalion Rashtriya Rifles/The Rajput Regiment (Posthumous), the award received by his wife, on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. President Barack Obama is greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives for Republic Day in New Delhi. Rapidly Deployable Satellite Terminal (RADSAT) passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. Performs spin around atop a float during the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. TV Grab: US President Barack Obama, chief guest of the occasion, received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arrives for the Republic Day Parade. Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd as he arrives for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Chief Guest US President, Barack Obama witnessing the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and President Pranab Mukherjee wave to the crowd at the end of Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the US President, Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama on the Raj Path, at the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi writing on the visitor’s book at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest US President, Barack Obama and the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the saluting dais, on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi look out through rain covered protective glass of the viewing stand to the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. NCC Cadets march during Republic Day celebration at Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal. Sikh Regiment marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi offering Jalebi to school girls at his official residence on the occasion of Republic Day, in Patna. All Women contingent passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. US President Barack Obama looks on as US first Lady Michelle Obama greets former PM Mamohan Singh's wife, Gursharan Kaur during a banquet hosted in his honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. A decorated fountain and illuminated Raisina Hill on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi. US President Barack Obama waves as he leaves after the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama at the 66th Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. A marching contingent during the 66th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. US security officials keeping watch during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Air Force Women Officers marching contingents passes through the Rajpath during the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi. Make in India tableau on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. The Uttar Pradesh tableau on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Army women soldiers march during the 66th Republic Day Celebration at Rajpath in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the nation on the eve of 66th Republic Day Celebration at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. A view of illuminated Rashtrapati Bhavan on the eve of Republic Day celebrations. Haryana police women take part in a full dress rehearsal of Republic Day parade in Gurgaon. Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters fly past during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. Brahmos WPN System passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. Soldiers march down Rajpath, during full dress rehearsal ahead of Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Camel mounted soldiers march down Rajpath, during full dress rehearsal ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Rajpath, is seen behind barricades in New Delhi. Spectators watch Indian Air Force fighters perform stunts during the full-dress rehearsal ahead of Republic Day parade, in New Delhi. The tableau of Indian Navy passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. The tableau of the Ministry of Indian Railways passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. Soldiers march down Rajpath, during a full dress rehearsal ahead of Republic Day parade in New Delhi. The tableau of the Ministry of Women and Child Development passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. The tableau of Indian Armed Forces passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. Tank T- 90 (Bhishma) passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. The tableau of Indian Navy passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade-2015, in New Delhi. The tableau of the Department of Financial Services passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. Soldiers march down Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal ahead of Republic Day parade in New Delhi. 3D Tactical Control Radar passes through the Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi. The Delhi Police contingent marches during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. White House staff members along with officials reviewing the security arrangements during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. BSF daredevils  during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi. Soldiers march down Rajpath, during full dress rehearsal ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Soldiers salute as they march down Rajpath, during the full-dress rehearsal ahead of Republic Day parade in New Delhi. A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier stands guard outside the Bakshi Stadium, the main venue for the forthcoming 66th Republic Day celebrations, in Srinagar.  BSF daredevils during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Women army personnel march during a rehearsal for the upcoming Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. BSF daredevils during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Army Jawans during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Camel contingents of BSF rehearse during a rehearsal for the upcoming Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. Army Jawans march during the Army Day parade at Delhi Cantt in New Delhi. Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag honouring a martyr's widow during the Army Day parade in New Delhi. Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag during the Army Day parade in New Delhi. Indian paramilitary soldiers rehearse for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Indian paramilitary soldiers  rehearse for the upcoming Republic Day parade in New Delhi. A worker cleans a fountain ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi. Army Jawans perform stunts on motorcycles during a rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day celebrations, at Rajpath, in New Delhi. Border Security Force Daredevils team perform as they rehearse for the upcoming Republic Day parade amidst the morning fog, in New Delhi. A man takes photos of his wife as camel mounted Indian Border Security force soldiers march during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic day parade amidst the morning fog, in New Delhi. Children run with National flags in a field ahead of Republic day celebrations at Balurghat in South Dinajpur District of West Bengal. Members of Delhi police marching band march during an exercise for the upcoming Republic day parade amidst morning fog, in New Delhi. Delhi police personnel practice march in preparation for the upcoming Republic Day parade amidst morning fog, in New Delhi. IAF soldiers march during a rehearsal for the upcoming  Republic Day parade in New Delhi. IAF soldiers march during a rehearsal for the upcoming  Republic Day parade in New Delhi. IAF soldiers march during a rehearsal for the upcoming  Republic Day function in New Delhi. File Photo- Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. 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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.