India's culture, diversity and strength on display at R-Day parade
The 68th Republic Day was celebrated on Thursday across the nation, from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu and Gujarat to the northeastern states, with pomp and pageantry, with the grand function in the national capital being the cynosure of all eyes. In New Delhi, on both sides of Rajpath, a crowd of about 50,000 people -- including Indian and foreign dignitaries -- and jubilant children dressed in colourful dresses cheering and waving the Indian flag -- set the tone for a perfect start to the Republic Day celebration. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was the Chief Guest, watched the parade alongside President Pranab Mukherjee, from inside a special enclousure. President Mukherjee, who is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, took the salute. Photos: PTI
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The Territorial Army contingent marching past at the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade 

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Indian Navy contingent marching past at the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade

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Central Reserve Police Force soldiers march during a Republic Day parade in New Delhi

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Delhi policemen march during Republic Day parade in New Delhi

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Indian national flags flutter as soldiers participate in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

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Indian Army's Gorkha Rifles contingent march during Republic Day parade 

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Indian soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

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Indian soldiers march during a Republic Day parade in New Delhi

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A contingent marching past at the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi

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A contingent marching past at the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade

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Madras Engineers Group Contingent marching past at the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi 

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IAF's contingent marching past at the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade

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A military contingent of the United Arab Emirates leads the march past at the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave to the crowd as General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Adu Dhabi looks on as they leave after attending the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi

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Spectators gather to watch a Republic Day parade in New Delhi

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BSF camel mount contingent take part during the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi

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The tableau of Tripura passes through the Rajpath, during the 68th Republic Day Parade 

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The tableau of Arunachal Pradesh passes through the Rajpath

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The tableau of Himachal Pradesh passes through the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi 

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The tableau of capital city Delhi passes through the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi

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The tableau of Odisha passes through the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi

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The tableau of Manipur passes through the Rajpath, during the 68th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi 

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Mount Abu Public School (Delhi) children take part in the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi

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Military police daredevils team 'Shwet Ashwa' displays stunt on motorcycles at the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade

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BSF camel mount contingent take part during the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath

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Akash Missile System along with other mechanised columns rolling down the Rajpath 68th Republic Day Parade

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DRDO's Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) being displayed at Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade

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DRDO's Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) being displayed at Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade

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School children take part in the 68th Republic Day Parade 

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Tamil Nadu state tableau being display during the the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

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Karnataka state tableau being display during the the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

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Gujarat state tableau being display during the the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi

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The tableau of Haryana passes through the Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi 

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CSIR tableau being display during the the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

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 MSME tableau being display during the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

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NSG commandos march during the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

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Maharashtra state tableau being display during the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath 

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Punjab and Tamil Nadu states tableaus passing through Rajpath during the 68th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi

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Jammu and Kashmir state tableau being display during the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

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School children take part in the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

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School children participate during the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath

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School children participate during the 68th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath 

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President's bodyguards escort President Pranab Mukherjee and Chief Guest General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Adu Dhabi (unseen) to the Rajpath for the 68th Republic Day celebrations, in New Delhi 

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A view of 68th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on Thursday

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Illuminated Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament in New Delhi on the occasion of 68th Republic Day

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