Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Droupadi Murmu, and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, the parade on Kartavya Path Avenue in New Delhi was attended by more than 13 thousand special guests and officials.
The ceremony began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute to the country’s heroes by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial located at India Gate Circle.
For the first time, more than 100 female artists announced the parade, playing musical instruments, and women also starred in the inauguration of the parade with a contingent made up of members of the three services marching.
Likewise, women pilots enthralled the spectators with their fast flights, and contingents of the Central Armed Police Forces consisting of women personnel graced the avenue.
The Kartavya Path also witnessed the march of a joint band and marching representation of the French Armed Forces, while multi-role tanker transport aircraft and two Rafale fighter jets of the French Air and Space Force flew over the contingents.
One of the main attractions is the display of the Indian military invasion with equipment and weapons designed and built in the Asian country.
Those present were impressed by the new T-90 Bhishma tank, Pinaka multiple rocket launcher, NAG missile system, Swathi weapon homing radar, drone jamming, and medium-range surface-to-air missile system, among others.
Similarly, representatives from 16 states and Union Territories showcased the country’s rich cultural diversity and creativity in Asia.
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