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Republic Day 2019: India displays military power, cultural life on Rajpath

Updated : January 26, 2019 02:13 PM IST

Thousands of Indians have converged on the Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard to watch a display of the country's military power and cultural diversity amid tight security during national day celebrations.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was the chief guest on Saturday at the Republic Day parade, which celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of India's Constitution in 1950. India had first invited President Donald Trump but US officials declined, citing a scheduling issue.

Schoolchildren, folk dancers, and police and military battalions marched through the capital's parade route on a cold morning, followed by the military hardware display.

The spectacle ended with Indian air force aircraft whizzing past the saluting base.

The theme of the parade was the 150th birthday of India's independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi.

Camel mounted Border Security Force soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Camel mounted Border Security Force soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Paramilitary soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Paramilitary soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian army tanks and other military equipment roll past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian army tanks and other military equipment roll past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian army tanks and other military equipment roll past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian army tanks and other military equipment roll past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF) commandos perform stunts during Republic Day celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF) commandos perform stunts during Republic Day celebrations in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
Assam police commandos participate in a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Assam police commandos participate in a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian air force helicopter sprays flower petals as Assam police personnel take part in a parade to mark Republic Day celebration in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian air force helicopter sprays flower petals as Assam police personnel take part in a parade to mark Republic Day celebration in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Assam police commando takes a drink during a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Assam police commando takes a drink during a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Sashastra Seema Bal paramilitary soldiers participate in a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Sashastra Seema Bal paramilitary soldiers participate in a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Indian army tanks and other military equipment roll past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. India marks Republic Day on January 26 with military parades across the country. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian army tanks and other military equipment roll past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. India marks Republic Day on January 26 with military parades across the country. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
An Indian security personnel helps another with a headgear before participating in a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian security personnel helps another with a headgear before participating in a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
School girls wearing traditional outfit dance during Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
School girls wearing traditional outfit dance during Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Assamese girls in traditional attire perform the Bihu dance during Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Assamese girls in traditional attire perform the Bihu dance during Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Assamese girls in traditional attire perform the Bihu dance during Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Assamese girls in traditional attire perform the Bihu dance during Republic Day celebrations in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Dancers in traditional Assamese attire salute during a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Dancers in traditional Assamese attire salute during a parade to mark Republic Day in Guwahati, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An Indian Air Force contingent participates in the Republic Day parade in Bangalore, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
An Indian Air Force contingent participates in the Republic Day parade in Bangalore, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
A women's contingent of the paramilitary Assam Rifles participate for the first time at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A women's contingent of the paramilitary Assam Rifles participate for the first time at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Air Force Jaguars, part of the Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft program, fly past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Air Force Jaguars, part of the Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft program, fly past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster, center, flanked by two SU-30 fighter aircraft fly past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster, center, flanked by two SU-30 fighter aircraft fly past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian military march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian military march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A tableau of Indian Railways depicting the transformation of freedom fighter Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi drives past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A tableau of Indian Railways depicting the transformation of freedom fighter Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to Mahatma Gandhi drives past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian army advanced light helicopters fly past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian army advanced light helicopters fly past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Tableaus of different states drive past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Tableaus of different states drive past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state, greets the crowd at the venue for the Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state, greets the crowd at the venue for the Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Daredevils from the Indian Army Corps of Signals display their skills on motorcycles on Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Daredevils from the Indian Army Corps of Signals display their skills on motorcycles on Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Daredevils from the Indian Army Corps of Signals display their skills on motorcycles on Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Daredevils from the Indian Army Corps of Signals display their skills on motorcycles on Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, during Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, waves to the crowd on Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, at the end of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, waves to the crowd on Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, at the end of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Army soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, at the end of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Army soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, at the end of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Army soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, at the end of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Army soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, at the end of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Paramilitary soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, at the end of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian Paramilitary soldiers march past Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, at the end of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Flower petals are showered from a helicopter at the venue of the Republic Day parade in Bangalore, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Flower petals are showered from a helicopter at the venue of the Republic Day parade in Bangalore, India, Saturday, January 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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