The best of India’s 2017 Republic Day parade

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India celebrated its 68th Republic day on 26th January 2017, President Pranab Mukherjee launched the ceremony by hoisting the national flag, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived at New Delhi, as the chief guest for the Republic day parade. This Republic day parade was special in its own way.

The best part for me was the marching of the UAE military contingent marching along the Rajpath was the second time when a foreign military joined the parade, the first happened last year, when a French Army contingent joined the parade becoming the first-ever foreign military to do so.

Also, a contingent of India’s most elite National Security Guard (NSG), were seen marching on paths of Rajpath in New Delhi for the very first time. About 60 “black cat” commandos of the elite counter-terror force marched down the Rajpath, showcasing its strength and valour.