On the occasion of 74th Republic Day, India showcased its military prowess and the best of its cultural diversity as the nation celebrated its 74th Republic Day today at the revamped Kartavya Path in the national capital.
President Droupadi Murmu unfurled the national flag at Kartavya Path, which was followed by the national anthem and 21-gun salute. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is the Chief Guest this year.
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The national capital witnessed a spectacular presentation of discipline and grit as Army contingents and other personnel marched on the Kartavya Path on 26 January.
For the first time, an Egyptian Army contingent led by Colonel Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Fattah El Kharasawy marched on Kartayvta Path.
The military parade group of the Egyptian Armed Forces consisted of 144 soldiers representing the main branches of the Egyptian Armed Forces reflecting the greatness of the Egyptian state and its pride in its ancient history.
Following this, the first contingent in the uniform of the 61 Cavalry, led by Capt Raizada Shaurya Bali, marched on the Kartavya Path.
Twenty-three tableaux — 17 from states and Union Territories and six from various Ministries and Departments, depicting the nation’s rich cultural heritage, economic progress, and strong internal and external security rolled down the Kartavya Path.
An all-women contingent of the Central Reserve Police Force is one of the highlights this year.
Several other marching contingents, including those of the Navy, featured women. The Naval contingent, led by a woman officer, featured 3 women, and 6 Agniveers — soldiers in the first batch of the new armed forces recruitment scheme.
Indian made Arjun, and other systems made in India, including the Akash missile system, were on display.
The perennial draw of motorcycle display by the Corps of Signals’ Dare Devils team thrilled the audience with several formations, including a yoga display.
The first-ever women riders took part in the camel contingent of the Border Security Forces.
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