As it happened: Army's dog squad, daredevils, colourful state tableux mark 67th Republic Day parade

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As it happened: Army's dog squad, daredevils, colourful state tableux mark 67th Republic Day parade
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    The maritime activities in ancient Odisha coupled with popular folk dance Dalkhai of the state were showcased at the 67th Republic day parade on Rajpath here today. The tableau of Odisha presented the past maritime activities and its glorious tradition of Boita-Bandana festival. 

    Ancient Odisha, popularly known as Kalinga, was the epicenter of the inland and foreign trade and the tableau depicted that tradition. The VIP guests were given a glimpse of Dalkhai, a folk dance from Sambalpur of western Odisha. About 140 school girls from the capital presented a dance on Rajpath to the tune of the popular folk music of the state. Dalkhai dance depicts the culture and tradition of tribal girls.

    Bauls of Bengal are a wandering minstrels community, which follows a distinctive spiritual and musical tradition that had its roots in Bhakti and Sufi movements. The Baul tradition was included in the list of 'Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity' by UNESCO in 2005. The folk singers, coming from both Hindu and Muslim communities, spread the ideals of peace, brotherhood and mystic philosophy through simple words and metaphors. Baul genre also conveys social messages in rural Bengal.


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    Here are few cool facts about the 67th Republic Day Parade: 

    1. Dog Squads returned to the parade after 26 years. 
    2. For the first time in Republic Day history foreign troops joined the celebrations: Soldiers from France's 35th Infantry Regiment marched alongside their Indian counterparts. 
    3. Daring female motorcyclists from the Women Daredevils Central Reserve Police Force and Rapid Action Force showed off their skills on Royal Enfields in front of the crowds at Rajpath. 
    4. The camels, used to patrol the Thar Desert near the border with Pakistan, make the journey from Rajasthan every year to participate in the parade, accompanied by moustachioed border guards


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    Watch: Indian sportspersons, the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Gagan Narang, Baichung Bhutia team up to sing the National Anthem. 

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    In Hyderabad (Telangana), Venkaiah Naidu and Bandaru Dattatreya hoist the flag on Republic Day. In Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa and Governor Konijeti Rosaiah salute the Indian flag. 

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    Watch these BSF Personnel dance and celebrate at Attari Border on Republic Day. 

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    BSF officials exchange sweets with Border Guards Bangladesh at Phulbari on the West Bengal border on the 67th Republic Day. 

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    Google Doodle celebrates 67th Republic Day with BSF camel contingent. 

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    BSF commanders and Pakistani Rangers exchange sweet at the Attari border.

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    And that's all people..

    The Republic Day parade ends. President Pranab Mukherjee, chief guest French President Francoise Hollande and PM Narendra Modi leave Rajpath. 

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    IAF presents a thundering show

    The ‘Globe’ formation at RepublicDayParade comprised of one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30s. Five jaguar aircraft seen in an arrowhead formation. 

  • 11:37 (IST)

    After 'very real' Islamic State threat, Delhi turns into a fortress

    The area around Central Delhi was turned into virtual fortress in view of intelligence inputs that terror groups may target some important installations in the city. Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, central security agencies and NIA busted a module by arresting 14 militants linked to terror group Islamic State. The preparations come after a recent security review chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, where officials concluded there is a "very real" Islamic State threat for Republic Day when President Hollande will officiate as the chief guest at the parade.

    The group had planned to carry out sensational strikes at important installations and its members had also visited the national capital, official sources said. Commandos with light machine guns were deployed at 10 strategic locations and anti-aircraft guns remained positioned at two vantage points in the capital.

    The entire region of Central and New Delhi had nearly 50,000 security personnel drawn from Delhi Police and central security forces guarding every nook and corner.

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    Motor cycle display team of Corps of Signals, popularly known as the 'Dare Devils' put on a rivetting show at the Rajpath. 

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    Pranab Mukherjee appears to nod off

    President Pranab Mukherjee... ermm... well... at Republic Day Parade.

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    The tableux showcasing The Digital India Campaign march down the Rajpath. 

    Success of Panchayati Raj tableux showed the success of women representatives in the rural bodies. 

    Meanwhile, social media was having its own fun. 

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    Tableau of Ministry of Social Justice depicts the 125th Anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar.

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    Toda tribe of Tamil Nadu showcased

    The tableux was pretty unique with the state showcasing one of their oldest tribes.

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    West Bengal's tableux displays Baul  singers. Baul singers of Bengal are recognised by the Unesco. 

    Bihar's tableux depicted the indigo plantations of the state while Karnataka highlighted the facr that it is the largest coffee producing city. Madhya Pradesh's tableux displays their flourishing wildlife. 

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    State tableux make their way down Rajpath

    First Goa, then Gujarat and then Sikkim. Tableux from various states made their way down the Rajpath. After Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir and then Rajasthan showcased their culture and heritage. 

    The Tripura tableux stole the show which depicts the state's ancient monuments. 

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    The Republic Day marks the day when India's constitution came into force on January 26, 1950 declaring India a democratic Republic. The date is the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day held on January 26, 1930. 

    Apart from the effort and time invested in rolling out the columns and colourful tableau, there is also a huge financial cost involved. According to reports and Right To Information (RTI) reply from the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) the centre spent Rs 320 crore on the parade in 2014. In 2001, the expenditure was Rs 145 crore and kept increasing over time. 

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    Next up: Coast Guard contingent 

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    One of a kind

    The BSF camel band is one of it s kind in the world. The contingent consists of 34 camels and was raised in 1986.

    Now, Assam Rifles march down. The band of the Assam Rifles also won the best band award at the All India Police meet. 

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    Indian Air Force tableu

    The theme for the IAF tableu was humanitarian assistance. 

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    Army's dog squad takes a march down the Rajpath

    Indian Army's dog squad return to the Republic Day parade after 26 years. The dogs, dressed in scarfs which will remind you of the Griffindor colour-scheme, stole the show when they took a walk down the Rajpath on Republic Day. 

    Naval marching contingent of 144 sailors march down led by three women platoon commanders. 

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    Brahmos Missile showcased

    Tank T-90 Bhishm, Indian Army's main battle tanks, displayed at Rajpath. It can fire four types of ammunition.T-90 Bhishm, Indian Army's main battle tanks, displayed at Rajpath. It can fire four types of ammunition.

  • 10:25 (IST)

    Show of might

    Akash weapon system for the first time took part in 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars and is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defense system developed by the DRDO. 

    The Akash Weapon System of 27 air defence regiment led by Major Neha Singh also participated in the parade. This is the first indigenously deveopled air defence system capable of firing short range surface to air missile. The regiment had taken part in the 1965 and 1971 India-Pakistan war, Operation Rakshak-II, Operation Sahayata.

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    French Military Band marches down

    For the first time in the history of Republic Day parades, a 76-member French Army contingent led by a French military band comprising 48 musicians, marched on Rajpath and presented a ceremonial salute to the President of India.

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    MI-17 display at Rajpath

    Parade Commander Lt gen Rajan Ravindran, who has been in service for 37 years, is leading this year Republic Day celebrations. MI-17 helicopters were displayed at the parade before winners of Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra and any other gallantry awards march down the Rajpath. 

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    Ashok Chakra to Lance Naik Goswami

    President Mukherjee conferred deceased soldier Lance Naik Goswami with the bravery award Ashok Chakra. 

    Earlier, Prime Minister Modi arrives at the memorial on Rajpath and pays tribute to the unknown soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for the nation.

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Minister of State Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, along with the three service chiefs – Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan is also present.

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    Service chiefs pay tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti

    Three service chiefs pay tributes to martyrs of the armed forces at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in New Delhi. Service chiefs and defence minister Amar Jawan Jyoti await Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the India Gate.

India's military prowess and achievements in different fields, state-of-the-art defence, diverse cultural and social traditions and the government's emphasis on self-reliance and indigenisation will be soon showcased at the Rajpath on the country's 67th Republic Day.

Francois Hollande, the President of France, will be the Chief Guest of the parade.

The highlights of this year's Republic Day parade will be that for the first time in the history of Republic Day parades, a 76-member French Army contingent led by a French military band comprising 48 musicians, will march on Rajpath and present a ceremonial salute to the President of India.

After a gap of 26 years, an Army dog squad drawn from the Remount Veterinary Corps (RVC) will also take part, along with their handlers.



Sticking to the 66-year-old tradition of the Republic Day celebrations, the colourful BSF Camel Regiment consisting of 56 camels led by Deputy Commandant Kuldeep J Choudhary will also march on the Rajpath.

For the first time, the parade will see an ex-servicemen tableau where Army veterans will showcase their role in nation building.

The Indian Army's missile firing capability T-90 "Bhishma" tank, Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP II (Sarath), Mobile Autonomous Launcher of the BrahMos Missile System, Akash Weapon System, Smerch Launcher Vehicles and Integrated Communication Electronic Warfare System (ICEWS) will be the main draw in the mechanised columns.

An Indian Air Force tableau, with the theme "Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations by IAF: In Service of the Nation and Beyond" will showcase models of C-17 Globemaster, C-130 Hercules and MI-17V5 aircraft, emphasising its use in the Force's rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Yemen and Nepal.

The Indian Navy's tableau will have the theme "Empowering India through Maritime security and Indigenisation" displaying flight deck operations on the new aircraft carrier "Vikrant", under construction at the Kochi Shipyard, and the indigenously constructed submarine "Kalvari" by Mazagaon Dock, Mumbai, having a "Made in India" tag on them.

The parade ceremony will commence at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in paying homage to martyrs by laying a wreath.

As per tradition, after unfurling of the National Flag, the National Anthem will be played with a 21-gun salute. The parade will then commence and the President will take the salute.The parade will be commanded by Lt General Rajan Ravindran, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area while Major General Rajesh Sahai, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Delhi Area will be the parade Second-in-Command.

Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra awardees will follow the Deputy Parade Commander on jeeps.

The marching contingents of Army will include horse-mounted columns of the 61st Cavalry, the Parachute Regiment, the Corps of Signals, the Rajput Regiment, the Garhwal Rifles, the Assam Regiment, 11 Gorkha Rifles and Remount Veterinary Corps Dog Squad.

The marching contingent of Navy comprising 144 young sailors will be led by Lieutenant Commander Anil Raina, while the Indian Air Force contingent comprising 144 men will be led by Flt Lt Ashish Mann.

The Paramilitary and other auxiliary civil forces will include contingents from the Border Security Force, Assam Rifles, Indian Coast Guard, an all women contingent of Central Reserve Police Force, Railway Protection Force, Delhi Police, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme.

Tableaux from 17 states and 6 Central Ministries and departments will present the varied historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the country.

They will also showcase country's progress in different fields, particularly floats from Goa, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam.

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Updated Date: Jan 26, 2016 13:42:14 IST

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