The Indian Constitution came into effect on January 26, 1950. Every year, the day is marked by a show of military muscle, with marching contingents, tanks, military bands and motored vehicles. The annual Republic Day parade is a spectacle to behold. There’s no greater joy than seeing the National Flag unfurl or the National Anthem play. No matter how many times you experience it in your lifetime, it never fails to give you the goosebumps. And when it’s one of the most significant days of the year, Republic Day, one cannot hold back the sense of pride as the day imbues within.
Showcasing India's cultural diversity and various schemes of the government, tableaux of fourteen states and nine Central Ministries on Friday participated in the Republic Day parade held at Rajpath in the national capital.
From country's rich cultural heritage, flora and fauna and socio-economic development to progress of the nation, the tableaux displayed varied themes representing culture of different states.
The sports ministry presented a tableau on its scheme 'Khelo India' while the Income Tax India department tableau flashed its 'Operation Clean Money' scheme.
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs tableau showcased its scheme for minor forest produce sector - Uchith Dam Hak Se Maang.
The tableau displayed by Gujarat paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on completion of 100 years of Sabarmati Ashram.
Manipur tableau narrated the tale of Khamba and Thoibi - a story of youthful love while Assam tableau reflected the traditional masks of the Satras .
The tableau of Kerala depicted Kettukazcha, an offering of devotees associated with the temple festivals and farming community.
Maharashtra tableau displayed the coronation of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Chhattisgarh tableau showcased Ramgarh's ancient amphitheatre.
Tableau of Jammu and Kashmir focused on rural tourism.
Akashvani also presented its tableau which showcased its journey of more than eight decades of public service.
People from across the nation came to the national capital to witness the 69th Republic Day parade where for the first time leaders of 10 countries from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states paraded as chief guests.
The leaders from Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam graced the occasion.
The parade ceremony commenced at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath.
Women's Motor Cycle team 'Seema Bhawani' of Border Security Force (BSF) was one of the main attractions of the parade.
As per tradition, after unfurling the National Flag, the national anthem was played with a 21-gun salute. The parade commenced and the President took the salute. The ceremony ended with the National Anthem and release of balloons.
(With ANI inputs)