India celebrated the 68th Republic Day Parade 2017 in a colourful presentation of its military prowess, accomplishments and display of its wide cultural diversity and unity that was witnessed by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other dignitaries and thousands of common people.
Coinciding with the Indian Republic Day, the Burj Khalifa celebrated the day with a spectacular LED illumination of the Indian National flag on Burj Khalifa, the second tallest building in the world situated in UAE.
Here are top six takeaways from the grand event:
Coinciding with the chief guest Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s presence, a contingent of a 149-member UAE Presidential Guard, the Air Force, the Navy and Army, presented a ceremonial salute to the President of India. It was led by Lt Col Abood Musabeh Abood Musabeh Alghfeli.
The entire Republic Day parade was commanded by Lt. General Manoj Mukund Naravane, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area. Major General Rajesh Sahai, Chief of Staff, Headquarter Delhi Area was the parade Second-in-Command. This year’s parade for the first time saw the participation of a contingent of the National Security Guard (NSG) popularly known as the Black Cat Commandoes who marched past the Rajpath.
Tableaux from 17 States and UT, six Central Ministries and Departments presented the varied historical, art and cultural heritage of the country. While floats from Goa, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir with their varied themes, were of special attraction, missing were AP and Telanagana floats.
Next school children drawn from three schools in Delhi and South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur performed colourful dances on varied themes with dances and formations befitting the cultural variation and unity of India.
The splendid driving skills of ‘Dare Devils’- the motorcycle display team of Corps of Military Police followed next and they performed different stunts like Salute to President, Ladder, Double Bar, Lotus, Christmas Tree, Aircraft, Sudarshan Chakra, Flower Pot, Pyramid and Wheeling on moving motor cycles.
India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) developed indigenously made their debut today at the Republic Day parade. Three fighter jets flew at a speed of 780 km per hour in ‘VIC’ formation. Behind them was the ‘Netra’ which is also known as “Eye in the Sky”.
It was followed by the ‘Globe formation’ comprising one C-17 Globemaster flanked by two Su-30 MKIs, culminating the day’s celebrations in the sky.