The year 2019 marks India’s 70th Republic Day. The Constitution of India, which made the country a Sovereign, Democratic, Republic has formally adopted 69 years ago on January 26, 1950.
Indian Army for the first time after thirty years- since induction of bofors guns- will showcase its new guns. It includes like M777 A2 ultra-light howitzers and K9 Vajra self-propelled guns.
This year's chief guest is President of South Africa Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa. Narendra Modi met the South African leader on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina.
In picture: Raisina Hills illuminated for the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.
Narendra Modi claims that Ramaphosa’s visit to the country will further cement business and people-to-people ties between the two nations.
In pic: India Gate illuminated with hues of the Tricolour for the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi
Incidentally, this year also marks as the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who had a special bond with South Africa. Previous reports claimed that the President of the United States Donald Trump was invited to be the chief guest of the R-Day but he had turned down India's invitation, citing a 'crowded calendar'
In pic: A contingent of police personnel march during the rehearsals for Republic Day parade at Ridge in Shimla
This year's Republic Day parade will witness women taking the forefront. It's also worth pointing out that for the first time a woman officer will lead the Army Services Corps in the parade.
In pic: Women personnel of Punjab Police march past during the full dress rehearsal for Republic Day celebrations, in Amritsar
The paramilitary began inducting woman riflemen in the force since 2015, and the first batch of 124 women passed out in April 2016. Now, there are 220 women riflemen in the force.
In picture: Schoolgirls, dressed in Punjabi traditional folk Giddha outfits, pose for a picture before performing folk dances during a full dress rehearsal for the upcoming 70th Republic Day parade in Amritsar
Around 33 percent of women officers are from northeastern states and the rest are from other parts of the country. Many of these women officers are deputed in Assam Rifles. As per reports, the contingent is special in a way.
In picture: Students take part in the full dress rehearsal for Republic Day celebrations in Amritsar.
The contingent is special for vir mahilas (widows of martyr soldiers) are included. These women continue the legacy of their husbands. A woman officer will also be included in the Daredevils Motorcycle Team.
In picture: School students hold Tricolours during Republic Day celebrations at a school in Ahmedabad.
As part of the cultural pageant, 26 national award-winning children, seated in open jeeps, will take part in the parade. In addition, three groups of children from Delhi schools and one group of children from Eastern zone Cultural Centre will take part in the R-Day parade. For at least 2 minutes, each group will give a performance in front of the presidential dais at Rajpath.
In Picture: Students take part in the full dress rehearsal for Republic Day celebrations in Amritsar.
This year's 90-minute parade consists of fifty-eight tribal guests from several parts of the country, 22 tableaux of states and central government departments, and performance by school children.
In picture: Students of Sainath Hindi School practice a stunt on a bicycle during rehearsals for the R-Day parade at Vashi, in Navi Mumbai
Like every year, tickets can be purchased for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath from January to 25th.
In Picture: Punjab police personnel take selfies during a full dress rehearsal for the upcoming 70th Republic Day parade in Amritsar
The ticket counters are open daily from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. In addition, one ticket counter at Sena Bhavan will remain open until 7 p.m. from January 23 to 25, 2019.
In picture: Punjab Women police personnel take selfies during a full dress rehearsal for the upcoming 70th Republic Day parade in Amritsar
On the eve of 70th Republic Day this Saturday, India will celebrate will have many firsts — display of the Army’s newly acquired artillery guns, march by an all-women paramilitary contingent and lady officers leading all-male teams. Here are some photos of Indian soldiers rehearsing for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
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