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India Celebrates Its 72nd Republic Day Today Amid Covid-19 Restrictions

India will display its military might and cultural diversity during Republic Day parade at Rajpath.

January 26, 2021

Army tanks and other weapons systems on display at Rajpath, during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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Army tanks and other weapons systems on display at Rajpath, during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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Members of Delhi Police contingent participate in a parade at Rajpath, during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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Members of Indian paramilitary contingent participate in a parade at Rajpath, during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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A contingent of Delhi Police marches at Rajpath during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, red cap, waves as he returns after India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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Tableaux of Ladakh moves through the ceremonial Rajpath boulevard during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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India Air Force C-17 globemaster flanked by two MIG 29, and two Su 30 aircrafts makes a fly past above the ceremonial Rajpath boulevard during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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India Air Force indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft flanked by two Su 30 fly past above the ceremonial Rajpath boulevard during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets President Ram Nath Kovind during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the public during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, in New Delhi.

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Uttarakhand tableau passes Rajpath during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi watch a flypast by Indian Air Force (IAF) aircrafts, during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rajpath, during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30 fighter jets perform a fly past during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, in New Delhi.

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Dignitaries look on during a flypast by Indian Air Force (IAF) on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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Battle tanks move through the ceremonial Rajpath boulevard during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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A military band marches throughthe ceremonial Rajpath boulevard during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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The tableau of Ministry of Culture passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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Tableaux of government Biotechnology department showing COVID 19 vaccine h the ceremonial Rajpath boulevard during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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School students perform during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, at Rajpath in New Delhi.

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Indian military march past Rajpath,the ceremonial boulevard, during the 71st Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi.

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The tableau of Uttar Pradesh passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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The tableau of Sikkim passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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The tableau of West Bengal passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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The tableau of Tripura passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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The tableau of Punjab state passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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The tableau of Chhattisgarh state passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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The tableau of Maharashtra state passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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The tableau of Assam state passes through Rajpath on occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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NSG commandos during a parade on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi.

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Battle tanks of the Indian Army pass through Rajpath during the 72nd Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi.

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Delhi Police contingent during a parade on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi.

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Republic Day parade marches through Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi.

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Camel mounted Border Security Force soldiers march through Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Reepublic Day parade in New Delhi.

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Indian military march past Rajpath,the ceremonial boulevard, during the 71st Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi.

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A view of Rajpath during the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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The 2021 Republic Day parade will be the first major public event in Covid-19 times.

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This time the parade will end at National Stadium and not the Red Fort.

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The parade will also be shorter this year. The size of marching con contingents has been reduced from 144 to 96.

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Following Covid protocols, only 25,000 people will be allowed to attend the ceremony at Rajpath as opposed to over one lakh spectators who usually attended the event every year.

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Home Minister Amit Shah, CJI S. A. Bobde, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and others witness a flypast by Indian Air Force (IAF) aircrafts, during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, in New Delhi.

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Central Public Works Department (CPWD) tableau passes Rajpath during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi

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BJP President J P Nadda and other leaders at Rajpath during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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Members of Garhwal rifles contingent pass through Rajpath during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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Members of Bangladesh Armed Forces contingent pass through Rajpath during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi. A contingent of 122 soldiers of Bangladesh army participated in the parade this year.

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Members of Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent pass through Rajpath during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi.

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