NEW DELHI: India, the world’s largest democratic country on Sunday celebrated the 71st Republic Day in capital Delhi with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro as the chief guest this year.
Tableaus representing as many as 16 states or provinces have been showcased during the 90-minute show.
India has displayed its military might, rich socio-cultural diversity in addition to economic progress.
Infantry combat vehicles and newly-inducted Chinook and Apache helicopters of the Indian Air Force have been put on a show.
Thousands of army and paramilitary personnel put up the splendid show.
Country’s highest civilian Awards conferred across Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri categories were announced on the eve of Republic Day that falls on the twenty-sixth day of January.
India’s President Ram Nath Kovind, in his address to the nation, stressed upon the importance of non-violence while fighting for a cause.
“When fighting for a cause, people, particularly the youth, should not forget the gift of Ahimsa Gandhiji gave to humanity,” he said.
“Government and opposition both have important roles to play. While giving expression to their political ideas, both must move forward in tandem to ensure that the development of the country and welfare of its people are promoted consistently,” Kovind said.
There have been nationwide protests in India following the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed in the Parliament last month.
However, Kovind did not make any direct reference to ongoing protests.
“Our constitution gave us rights as citizens of a free democratic nation, but also placed on us the responsibility to always adhere to the central tenets of our democracy – justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity,” he added.