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Republic Day LIVE: Military might, cultural diversity on display at parade

India's 72nd Republic Day celebrations began with PM Modi paying homage to war heroes at National War Memorial. Catch LIVE updates on the Republic Day of India 2021 parade and celebrations.

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 


parade LIVE updates: India marked the 72nd by showing its cultural, economic and military might. The ceremony commenced with Prime Minister visiting the War Memorial. As per tradition, the flag was unfurled followed by the anthem with a booming 21-gun salute. 

As many as 32 tableaus -- 17 from states and union territories, six from the Defence ministry and nine from other Union ministries and paramilitary forces -- depicted the nation's rich cultural heritage, economic progress and defence prowess at the parade. Rafale fighter jets took part in the flypast for the the first time and the armed forces displayed T-90 tanks. A 122-member proud contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces also marched on Rajpath.

The ceremony culminated with the national anthem and the release of Tri-colour balloons.

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First Published: Tue, January 26 2021. 07:07 IST