Republic Day Parade 2021 Highlights: Rafale’s aerial spectacle at Rajpath, Ladakh tableau makes debut in R-Day

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Updated: January 26, 2021 6:02:35 pm

Republic Day 2021 Parade Highlights: Earlier in the day, India displayed its military might and cultural diversities during the parade at Rajpath.

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Republic Day Parade, Speech 2021 Highlights: Beating Retreat ceremony is currently underway at the Attari-Wagah border on Republic Day. Earlier in the day, a total of 32 tableaus from 17 states and union territories, six from the Defence ministry and nine from other Union ministries and paramilitary forces — depicted India’s rich cultural heritage, economic progress and defence prowess on Rajpath.

Designed after the theme ‘Ayodhya and cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh’, the tableau of UP displayed Ram Mandir. Tableau of Punjab showcased the glory of 9th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. A replica of Sun Temple at Modhera was displayed on the Gujarat tableau. The tableau depicted the Sabhamandap, part of the Sun Temple. It’s 52 pillars denote 52 weeks of a Solar year.

India is celebrating 72nd Republic Day. Today, India displayed its military might and cultural diversity during Republic Day parade on Rajpath. Prime Minister Narendra Modi payed tribute to the fallen soldiers by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial at the India Gate.

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    17:49 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    No spectators allowed during Republic Day celebrations in Kolkata

    No spectators were allowed during 72nd Republic Day celebrations in Kolkata, which were cut short due to the COVID-19pandemic.

    17:40 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021: 38 IAF aircraft and four planes of the Indian Army participated in the flypast today

    A total of 38 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft and four planes of the Indian Army participated in the flypast on Tuesday. The IAF's marching contingent at the parade today consisted of four officers and 96 soldiers marching in a box formation of 12 rows and eight columns.

    17:16 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Israeli PM Netanyahu greets "great friend" Narendra Modi on 72nd Republic Day

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the country's 72nd Republic Day, saying "our friendship grows from year to year". "To my great friend Prime Minister @NarendraModi - Congratulations to you and the people of India on your 72nd #RepublicDay. Our friendship grows from year to year," Netanyahu tweeted, along with a photograph of Modi and himself, and the emoticons of handshake and the Indian, Israeli flags.  

    17:13 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: Bangladesh PM extend greetings to PM Modi

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina extended greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Republic Day. "The special ties of friendship, cooperation and trust between our two countries are flourishing from strength to strength," she says in her message.

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    17:11 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: Beating Retreat ceremony underway at Attari-Wagah border

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Beating Retreat ceremony is underway at the Attari-Wagah border on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day. 

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    17:09 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Indian Army celebrates 72nd Republic Day in villages of Arunachal

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Indian Army organised Pipe Band Display and Cultural Programme to commemorate nations 72nd Republic Day with elan and fervour at Tawang, Lumla, Zimithang, Jang and Sheru villages of Arunachal Pradesh. 

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    17:07 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republi Day LIVE: Visuals of Beating Retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border

    Republi Day LIVE: Visuals of Beating Retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border on Republic Day.

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    17:05 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day: Vladimir Putin sends congratulatory message to President, PM

    Republic Day LIVE: Russian President Vladimir Putin sends a congratulatory message to President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi on the occasion of Republic Day. "We highly value the relations of the privileged strategic partnership between our states," he says.

    11:41 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: For the first time, Rafale fly over Rajpath

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: One Rafale with 2 Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft and 2 MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters, in 'Eklavya’ formation are the next to fly past, at a height of 300m and speed of 780 Km/h. The formation is led by Group Capt Rohit Kataria, Flight Commander of 17 Squadron. 

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    11:38 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021: 'Rudra’ formation comprising a Dakota aircraft flanked by 2 Mi-17 IV helicopters

    Republic Day 2021: 'Rudra’ formation comprising a Dakota aircraft flanked by 2 Mi-17 IV helicopters. Dakotas were instrumental in airlifting troops into Kashmir Valley to repel invaders from across border in 1947. They played a significant role in Tangail airdrop leading to Bangladesh's libeartion.

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    11:16 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: ITBP personnel celebrate at the banks of Pangong Tso lake

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: ITBP personnel celebrate Republic Day at the banks of Pangong Tso lake. 

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    11:07 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: UP tableau displays Ram Mandir

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Designed after the theme 'Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh', the tableau of Uttar Pradesh also displays Ram Mandir. The forepart of the middle tableau shows Deepotsava of Ayodhya, in which millions of earthen lamps are lit. 

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    10:59 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: Punjab tableau showcases glory of 9th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Tableau of Punjab showcases the glory of 9th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. The tableau has the theme '400th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur'. The end of the trailer shows Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib, the site of cremation of Guru Tegh Bahadur.

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    10:55 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: A replica of Sun Temple on Gujarat tableau

    Republic Day LIVE: A replica of Sun Temple at Modhera displayed on the Gujarat tableau. The tableau depicts the Sabhamandap, part of the Sun Temple. It’s 52 pillars denote 52 weeks of a Solar year.

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    10:50 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: First-ever tableau of Ladakh

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: The display of cultural tableaux begins at Republic Day parade with Ladakh leading. It's the first-ever tableau of the Union Territory of Ladakh. It shows Ladakh's culture and communal harmony besides art and architecture, languages and dialects, customs and costumes, fairs and festivals, literature, music.

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    10:42 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Camel contingent of BSF at Rajpath on Republic Day

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: The Camel contingent of the Border Security Force under the command of Deputy Commandant Ghanshyam Singh, at Rajpath on Republic Day

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    10:40 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021: Indian Navy's tableau showcases principal combatant in 1971 war

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Indian Navy's tableau with the theme of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ being displayed at Republic Day parade. The trailer of tableau showcases Navy’s principal combatant in 1971 war, INS Vikrant conducting flying operations with Sea Hawk and Alize aircrafts.

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    10:32 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Flight Lt Bhawna Kanth is part of Indian Air Force tableau

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Flight Lt Bhawna Kanth, one of the first three female fighter pilots of the country, is part of the Indian Air Force tableau at the Republic Day parade

    10:29 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021: Captain Preeti Choudhary leads upgraded Schilka Weapon system

    Republic Day 2021: Captain Preeti Choudhary of 140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled) leads upgraded Schilka Weapon system. She is the only woman contingent commander from Army at Republic Day parade 2021. Schilka Weapon system is equipped with modern radar and digital fire control computers.

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    10:23 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: Pinaka Multi Launcher Rocket System

    Republic Day LIVE: Pinaka Multi Launcher Rocket System of 841 Rocket Regiment(Pinaka)being led by Capt Vibhor Gulati. 214 mm Pinaka MBRL is one of the most advanced rocket systems in world. A fully automated system, it can deliver firepower within a short span of time over large area.

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    10:21 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Repiublic Day LIVE: Mobile Autonomous Launcher of Brahmos Missile on Rajpath

    Repiublic Day LIVE: The Mobile Autonomous Launcher of the Brahmos Missile system is led by Captain Quamrul Zaman. This missile has been developed as a joint venture between India and Russia. It has a maximum range of 400 km.

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    10:19 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Marching Contingent of Bangladesh Army on Rajpath

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Marching Contingent and Band of Bangladesh Army participate in Republic Day parade. The contingent is being led by Lt Col Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawan. The 122-member strong contingent is participating in the parade for the first time.

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    10:17 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: T- 90 Bhishma on Rajpath

    Republic Day LIVE: The main battle tank of the Indian Army, T- 90 Bhishma, which is commanded by Captain Karanveer Singh Bhangu of 54 Armoured Regiment goes past the saluting dais.

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    10:12 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: Winners of Param Vir Chakra and Ashok Chakra parade down Rajpath

    Republic Day LIVE: Winners of the Param Vir Chakra and the Ashok Chakra parade down Rajpath. Param Vir Chakra is awarded for acts of bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of the enemy. Ashok Chakra awarded for similar acts of valour and self-sacrifice but, other than,in the face of the enem.

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    10:07 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: 21 Gun Salute presented by Ceremonial Battery of 223 Field Regiment

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: 21 Gun Salute presented by Ceremonial Battery of 223 Field Regiment following the unfurling of the national flag. 

    The 21 Gun Salute is also presented during Independence Day and visits of foreign Heads of State.

    10:05 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day: Tricolour unfurled at Rajpath

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Delhi: The Tricolour unfurled at Rajpath in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries on 72nd Republic Day.

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    10:00 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at Rajpath

    Republic Day LIVE: President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived at Rajpath. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

    09:59 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: PM Modi is wearing a special 'Paghdi' from Jamnagar

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Prime Minister Modi is wearing a special 'Paghdi' from Jamnagar. The first such 'Paghdi' was gifted to the PM by the royal family of Jamnagar, Gujarat.

    09:50 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: PM Modi signs ceremonial book at National War Memorial

    Republic Day LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs the ceremonial book at the National War Memorial at the India Gate.

    Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Navy Staff also present.

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    09:41 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    PM Modi pays tributes to the fallen soldiers at National War Memorial

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the nation in paying tribute to the fallen soldiers by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial at the India Gate.

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    09:36 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day: Mobile internet services temporarily suspended across Kashmir valley

    Republic Day LIVE: Mobile internet services have been temporarily suspended across Kashmir valley as a security measure in view of Republic Day celebrations.

    09:34 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Prakash Javadekar unfurls the national flag at his residence on RepublicDay

    Republic Day LIVE: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar unfurls the national flag at his residence on RepublicDay

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    08:59 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: Here's what Indian armed forces will showcase during parade on Rajpath

    Republic Day 2021 LIVE: The Indian Army will showcase the main battle tank T-90 Bhishma, infantry combat vehicle BMP-II-Sarath, mobile autonomous launcher of the Brahmos missile system, multi-launcher rocket system Pinaka, electronic warfare system Samvijay among others during the parade on Tuesday. The Indian Navy's tableau at the Republic Day parade this year will showcase models of Indian naval ship (INS) Vikrant and naval operations that were conducted during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.    The Indian Air Force (IAF) will showcase models of light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas and indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile Dhruvastra on its tableaus during the parade, the ministry noted. They also showcased scaled-down models of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet and Rohini radar on the tableaus. A total of 38 IAF aircraft, include Rafale, and four planes of the Indian Army will participate in the flypast on Tuesday.

    08:52 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    ITBP jawans celebrate Republic Day at a high-altitude Border Outpost in Ladakh

    Republic Day Live: Indo Tibetan Border Police jawans celebrating the 72nd Republic Day at a high-altitude Border Outpost in Ladakh. 

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    08:50 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    JP Nadda unfurls the national flag at party headquarters on Republic Day

    Republic Day 2021: Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda unfurls the national flag at party headquarters on Republic Day

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    08:48 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day: Latest visuals from Chilla border on Delhi-Noida Link Road

    Republic Day: Farmers' tractors with Tricolour ready for Republic Day tractor rally in protest against the Centre's Farm Laws.

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    08:46 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    ITBP jawans celebrate Republic Day in Ladakh

    Republic Day 2021: Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans marching with the national flag on a frozen water body in Ladakh on Republic Day. 

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    08:35 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day LIVE: Tableaux to show Sun Temple of Gujarat, tea-tribes of Assam, shore temple of Pallava Dynasty

    Republic Day Parade LIVE: Seventeen tableaux from various states and union territories, namely, Gujarat, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Tripura, West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi and Ladakh will be showcased during the parade, depicting the geographical and rich cultural diversity of the country. These tableaux will show the vision for Ladakh to be carbon neutral, the sun temple at Modhera in Mehsana District of Gujarat, tea-tribes of Assam, shore temple and other monuments of Pallava Dynasty in Tamil Nadu, Bhakti Movement and saints of Maharashtra, etc. 

    08:23 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day 2021: PM Modi to visit the National War Memorial

    The Republic Day parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial. "He will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the fallen heroes by laying a wreath. Thereafter, the PM and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the parade," the ministry noted. As per tradition, the national flag will be unfurled followed by the national anthem with a booming 21-gun salute, it said. The parade will commence with President Ram Nath Kovind taking the salute. 

    08:05 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Republic Day: 122-member contingent of Bangladesh armed forces to march on Rajpath

    Republic Day 2021: A 122-member proud contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces will also march on Rajpath.The Bangladesh contingent will carry the legacy of legendary Muktijoddhas of Bangladesh, who fought against oppression and mass atrocities and liberated Bangladesh in 1971. India is currently celebrating the Swarnim Vijay Varsh - Golden Jubilee year - commemorating the country's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.    

    UK PM Boris Johnson on Tuesday greeted India on Republic Day. In his video message to celebrate the birth of an 'extraordinary Constitution' that established India as the biggest sovereign democracy in the world, the UK PM reiterated his plan to visit India in the coming months. "I was hugely looking forward to joining you for this important occasion at the kind invitation of my friend Prime Minister Modi, alas our common struggle against COVID has kept me in London," said Johnson. He was due to be in New Delhi as the chief guest at the annual parade to mark the India's 72nd Republic Day but had to call off the visit to focus on the domestic crisis unleashed by the emergence of a new, deadlier variant of coronavirus in the UK at the end of last year.
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