2020: India celebrated its 71st Republic Day
displaying its cultural diversity, military might and powerful strategic weaponry in a 90-minute parade at the Rajpath at which Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro was the guest of honour.
This year's Republic Day
witnessed many firsts from PM Narendra Modi
paying tribute to martyrs at the National
War Memorial to the Indian Air Force exhibiting their might with the debut of Chinook and the Apache in the flypast. The Chinooks can airlift diverse loads from remote locations and can be operated across a range of military and HADR missions.
The Apache, on the other hand, is a versatile helicopter capable of firing air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and rockets. It also has a front gun aided by a fire control radar, which can inflict heavy damage on the enemy.
It was also the first Republic Day celebration for Jammu and Kashmir
as the newly formed Union Territory. J&K paticipated in the parade showcasing their tableau "Back to village' programme that aims to reach out to the people at the grassroots level.
Among the 22 tableaux that rolled down thr Rajpath, 16 were of various states and UTs and six were of ministries, departments and the National
Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind unfurled the tricolour followed by 21-gun salute and a band playing the national
anthem in the background before start of the parade.