Republic Day Parade 2019 highlights: India celebrates 70th Republic Day – stunning pictures from Rajpath

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New Delhi | Updated:Apr 18, 2019 11:55:19 am

Parade of Republic Day 2019 highlights: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Saubhagya Yojana were some of the themes of the tableaux of the Ministries. The Tableau of Gujarat depicted the historic Dandi March which was led by Mahatma Gandhi.


Camel mounted Indian Border Security Force soldiers march past Rajpath during Republic Day parade in New Delhi. (AP)

Republic Day 2019 Parade highlights: India on Saturday celebrated 70th Republic Day — the day when the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950. President Ram Nath Kocind hoisted the flag at Rajpath. The Republic Day parade ceremony commenced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.

The parade started from Vijay Chowk and proceeded towards the Red Fort grounds through the Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg.

The theme for the Republic Day celebrations this year was the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and tableaux of many states. India’s military might was also on display with the artillery gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers and a self-propelled artillery gun K9 Vajra showcased on Rajpath.

This year, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade. Ramaphosa was the second South African president after Nelson Mandela to attend the grand event as its chief guest.

President Kovind awarded Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani who lost his life while killing six terrorists in an operation in Kashmir the Ashok Chakra.

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70th Republic Day: Indian Army shows its might at Rajpath

Highlights

  • 13:28 (IST)

    Indian Railways depicts Gandhi at Rajpath

    The Railways Ministry depicted the "transformation of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi" and highlighted the yet-to-be-launched bullet train and Train 18. The tableau highlighted the incident of 1893 when the young Gandhi was thrown out of a "European only" compartment at Pietermaritzburg railway station in South Africa - which acted as a catalyst for him to practice 'Satyagrah'.

  • 13:20 (IST)

    Mahatma Gandhi's life depicted in tableaux at Rajpath

    Republic Day: 22 tableaux displayed the various facets of Mahatma Gandhi's life journey during Republic Day Parade to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation. 16 tableaux were from states and Union Territories and six were from various central ministries and departments. The Uttarakhand tableau featured Kausani's Anasakti Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi had stayed in 1929. Jammu and Kashmir's tableau theme this year was Gandhi's ray of hope – our composite culture.

  • 13:07 (IST)

    Indian Army displays its full might at Rajpath 

    The Indian Army on Saturday diplayed its T-90 tank, Ballway Machine Pikate, Surface Mine Clearing System, 155 mm/52 Calibre Tracked Self-propelled Gun K-9 Vajra, Transportable Satellite Terminal, Troop Level Radar and Akash Weapon System were also showcased at the parade.

  • 12:53 (IST)

    Republic Day: What Indian Army displayed at Rajpath

    Indian Army displayed T 90 Bhishma tanks, artillery gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers, a self-propelled artillery gun K9 Vajra and the Akash weapons system. For the first time in history, an all-women contingent from Assam Rifles marched on the Rajpath. Contingents of the Navy, Army Service Corps and a unit of Corps of Signals were led by women officers too. 

  • 11:47 (IST)

    ITBP hoists flag at 18,000 ft altitude in Laddakh

    ITBP officials hoists tricolour at the altitude of 18,000 ft in Laddakh on the occassion of Republic Day 2019.

    Temperature: Minus 30 degree Celsius

  • 10:56 (IST)

    Republic Day 2019: Punjab Tableau on Jallianwala Bagh massacre

    Tableau of Punjab is based on the theme of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. 

  • 10:26 (IST)

    Republic Day 2019: T-90 Bhishma on Rajpath

    The main battle tank of the Indian Army T-90 (Bhishma) on Rajpath. It was commanded by Captain Navneet Eric of 45 Cavalry.

  • 10:22 (IST)

    Republic Day 2019: Param Vir Chakra awardees participate in the parade

    The parade is commanded by Lieutenant General Asit Mistry, General Officer Commanding, Headquarters Delhi.

  • 10:14 (IST)

    Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani awarded the Ashok Chakra

    Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani who lost his life while killing six terrorists in an operation in Kashmir awarded the Ashok Chakra. Award was received by his wife and mother on the occasion of Republic Day2019.

  • 09:20 (IST)

    Republic Day: For the first time in history, all women contingent

    For the first time in history, an all-women contingent of Assam Rifles will march down the Rajpath. The parade will commence at 9.50am from Vijay Chowk and pass through Rajpath, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar (BSZ) Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg and proceed for the Red Fort. 

  • 08:48 (IST)

    Anti-aircraft guns, SWAT commandos, Snipers deployed for security on Republic Day

    The authorities have deployed SWAT women commandos, mobile hit teams and snipers to provide security cover for the 70the Republic Day celebrations. Anti-aircraft guns have been put in place to secure the airspace. The national capital had been placed under high-security cover following the arrest of two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad members who were planning to carry out terror strikes in the city during the 70th Republic Day celebrations.

17:47 (IST)26 Jan 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind meets the family of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani
16:51 (IST)26 Jan 2019
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16:34 (IST)26 Jan 2019
At Home Function at Rashtrapati Bhawan
15:09 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day celebrations at Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj

Sadhus hoisted the tricolour at Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hoisted the national flag at Republic Day celebrations in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

14:50 (IST)26 Jan 2019
ITBP hoists the tricolour in Auli

Republic Day: ITBP on Saturday hoisted the tricolour 9000 feet above the sea level in Chamoli district's Auli, Uttarakhand.

14:44 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Rahul Gandhi meets South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday met South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. He was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade. 

14:32 (IST)26 Jan 2019
My contribution has been recognised: Nambi Narayanan on Padma Bhushan

Former ISRO Scientist Nambi Narayanan has been conferred with the Padma Bhushan. Speaking on this, Narayanan told ANI: "Of course, I'm happy. I became a victim of spying, I became more popular in that sense, in a way people started sympathising with me. This award gives me a feeling that my contribution has been recognised."

13:28 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Indian Railways depicts Gandhi at Rajpath

The Railways Ministry depicted the "transformation of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi" and highlighted the yet-to-be-launched bullet train and Train 18. The tableau highlighted the incident of 1893 when the young Gandhi was thrown out of a "European only" compartment at Pietermaritzburg railway station in South Africa - which acted as a catalyst for him to practice 'Satyagrah'.

13:20 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Mahatma Gandhi's life depicted in tableaux at Rajpath

Republic Day: 22 tableaux displayed the various facets of Mahatma Gandhi's life journey during Republic Day Parade to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation. 16 tableaux were from states and Union Territories and six were from various central ministries and departments. The Uttarakhand tableau featured Kausani's Anasakti Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi had stayed in 1929. Jammu and Kashmir's tableau theme this year was Gandhi's ray of hope – our composite culture.

13:07 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Indian Army displays its full might at Rajpath 

The Indian Army on Saturday diplayed its T-90 tank, Ballway Machine Pikate, Surface Mine Clearing System, 155 mm/52 Calibre Tracked Self-propelled Gun K-9 Vajra, Transportable Satellite Terminal, Troop Level Radar and Akash Weapon System were also showcased at the parade.

12:53 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day: What Indian Army displayed at Rajpath

Indian Army displayed T 90 Bhishma tanks, artillery gun system M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers, a self-propelled artillery gun K9 Vajra and the Akash weapons system. For the first time in history, an all-women contingent from Assam Rifles marched on the Rajpath. Contingents of the Navy, Army Service Corps and a unit of Corps of Signals were led by women officers too. 

11:47 (IST)26 Jan 2019
ITBP hoists flag at 18,000 ft altitude in Laddakh

ITBP officials hoists tricolour at the altitude of 18,000 ft in Laddakh on the occassion of Republic Day 2019.

Temperature: Minus 30 degree Celsius

11:42 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Flypast at Republic Day parade in Delhi

PM Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the chief guest this year, witness flypast at Republic Day parade in Delhi.

11:34 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Breathtaking motorcyclists show at Rajpath - see pictures

Republic Day: 33 people on 9 motorcycles make a human pyramid. Subedar Major Ramesh A leads this formation.

11:17 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: Karnataka Tableau at Rajpath

Tableau of Karnataka is based on the 39th session of the Indian National Congress held in Belagavi in 1924, which was presided over by Mahatma Gandhi.

11:08 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: Indian Railway at Rajpath

Indian Railway showcases the transformation of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi highlighting the incident when he was thrown out of a 'European only' compartment at Pietermaritzburg railway station.

11:05 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: Delhi Tableau at Rajpath

Delhi Tableau showcases Gandhi's association with Delhi and Birla House, which is now known as Gandhi Smriti. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his wife witness Republic Day parade at Rajpath. 

11:03 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: Tableau of Andaman and Nicobar

Andaman and Nicobar showcases the effect Mahatma Gandhi had amongst the inmates of cellular Jail in Andaman.

10:56 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: Punjab Tableau on Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Tableau of Punjab is based on the theme of Jallianwala Bagh massacre. 

10:44 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day: Camel Mounted Band of BSF at Rajpath

Camel Mounted Band of BSF playing 'Hum Hai Seema Suraksha Bal' at Rajpath.

10:41 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day: Indian Navy marching regiment at Rajpath

Lt. Ambika Sudhakaran leads Indian Navy's marching regiment at Republic Day2019. "Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them"

10:31 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019

Lt. Bhavna Kasturi leads the Additional Directorate General of Public Information Service Corps regiment at Republic Day parade at Rajpath.

10:27 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: K-9 Vajra-T on Rajpath

A self-propelled howitzer K-9 Vajra-T commanded by Captain Devansh Bhutani. 

10:26 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: T-90 Bhishma on Rajpath

The main battle tank of the Indian Army T-90 (Bhishma) on Rajpath. It was commanded by Captain Navneet Eric of 45 Cavalry.

10:22 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: Param Vir Chakra awardees participate in the parade

The parade is commanded by Lieutenant General Asit Mistry, General Officer Commanding, Headquarters Delhi.

10:14 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani awarded the Ashok Chakra

Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani who lost his life while killing six terrorists in an operation in Kashmir awarded the Ashok Chakra. Award was received by his wife and mother on the occasion of Republic Day2019.

10:13 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day Parade Begins

Republic Day Parade has begun. Main Battle Tank of the Indian Army, T- 90 Bhishma, Infantry Combat Vehicle Ballway Machine Pikate, K-9 Vajra-T, M 777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzer, Akash weapon system, will be the main draw in the mechanised columns. 

09:59 (IST)26 Jan 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind reaches Rajpath

President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived at Rajpath. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was greeted by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. 

09:42 (IST)26 Jan 2019
PM Modi reaches Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. He was received by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. He will pay homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.

The parade will start at 9.50 am from Vijay Chowk and proceed towards the Red Fort grounds through the Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg.

09:32 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day: 23 Delhi police officers to get medals for exemplary service

Twenty three Delhi Police officers will be conferred Police Medals for their exemplary service on the occasion of Republic Day. SCP Nuzhat Hassan and ACP RA Sanjeev will be awarded President's Police Medals for distinguished service. Among the four who will be conferred Police Medals for gallantry are inspectors Rahul Kumar and Ravinder Kumar Tyagi and assistant sub-inspectors Rajendra Kumar and Gurmeet Singh.

09:20 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day: For the first time in history, all women contingent

For the first time in history, an all-women contingent of Assam Rifles will march down the Rajpath. The parade will commence at 9.50am from Vijay Chowk and pass through Rajpath, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar (BSZ) Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg and proceed for the Red Fort. 

09:08 (IST)26 Jan 2019
70th Republic Day: Vice President greets the fellow citizens

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu greeted the fellow citizens on the occasion of the 70th Republic day of India. In a tweet, he said: "Let us do our best to contribute to building a peaceful, prosperous and compassionate world and realize the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam."

On this republic day, let us renew our solemn pledge to build a strong, confident, peaceful, economically prosperous, socially progressive & culturally vibrant Nation, he said.

08:53 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day - Traffic Advisory

Metro services will be available for commuters at all stations but there will be no boarding and de-boarding at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan stations till 12 noon. Apart from this, boarding and de-boarding will not be allowed between 8.45 am to 12 noon at Lok Kalyan Marg (Race Course) and Patel Chowk metro stations.

The parade will start at 9.50am from Vijay Chowk and pass through Rajpath, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar (BSZ) Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg and proceed for the Red Fort.

08:48 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Anti-aircraft guns, SWAT commandos, Snipers deployed for security on Republic Day

The authorities have deployed SWAT women commandos, mobile hit teams and snipers to provide security cover for the 70the Republic Day celebrations. Anti-aircraft guns have been put in place to secure the airspace. The national capital had been placed under high-security cover following the arrest of two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad members who were planning to carry out terror strikes in the city during the 70th Republic Day celebrations.

08:42 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019: 14 other countries to join India to sing the national anthem

Nationals from 14 other countries will today join Indians to sing the national anthem to celebrate the historic occasion. They are all wrestlers from Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, France, Colombia, Romania, Hungary, Georgia, Qatar, Moldova and Estonia. Currently, they are taking part in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Season 4. 

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08:30 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day: India at 70 and Growing Strong

In a tweet put out today, Piyush Goyal said: "As India celebrates its 70th Republic Day, let us cherish the memory of the day when we became an Independent Republic, and look ahead with aspiration & zeal towards building a New India."

08:21 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day 2019 - where to watch LIVE
08:17 (IST)26 Jan 2019
PM Modi greets the nation on Republic Day
08:12 (IST)26 Jan 2019
Republic Day Parade Ceremony

The Republic Day Parade Ceremony will begin with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. The parade will start at 9.50 am from Vijay Chowk and proceed towards the Red Fort grounds through the Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg.

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Around 25,000 security personnel have been deployed across the national capital. Security has been beefed up at all all strategic locations. CCTVs and face-recognition cameras have also been installed at Rajpath. Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters have also been deployed to keep a watch on the eight-km-long parade route from Rajpath to the Red Fort, besides the nearby localities. Also, flying of para-gliders, para motors, hang gliders, UAVs, microlight aircrafts, remotely piloted aircrafts, hot air balloons etc are prohibited.
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