India displays military might, cultural diversity during Republic Day parade
STORY: India on Friday (January 26) put up a show of military strength and cultural diversity during a grand parade as part of its 69th Republic Day celebrations.
The Republic Day parade was graced by leaders of all member nations of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). Leaders in attendance at the ceremonial boulevard included Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysia PM Najib Razak, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Indonesia President Joko Widodo. The Southeast Asian leaders were treated to a military display, followed by floats highlighting cultural aspects of Indian society and an air force flyby.
New Delhi showed its military might by display of a their float of tanks and missile firing capabilities with BraHMos Missile System, surface-to-air Akash missiles and Nirbhay missile contingent being the attractions of the mechanized column.
The ten-nation ASEAN is important to India since it is part of the country’s ‘Look East’ policy and Modi’s ‘Act East’ policy to develop political and economic ties with Southeast Asia.
India won independence from British rule on August 15, 1947, but it was not until January 26, 1950, that the nation declared itself a sovereign republic state with the adoption of its constitution.