26th Jan is India's Republic Day, and the grand parade on Rajpath in New Delhi is a much awaited event in the year! This year, too, was no different.
Millions of Indians watched the proceedings on TV, along with thousands of excited Delhites lining the parade route, in the august presence of the 3 service chiefs, PM, President and the Chief Guest, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Many of our bravehearts, from the armed forces, as well as children, who defied odds and put everything at stake, including their lives, were honored. Beautiful tableaus depicted the rich cultural heritage, innovative govt schemes, and the might of the Indian armed forces, while impressive contingents in beautiful uniforms displayed determination and discipline, and grace. The Shwet Ashwa motorcycle daredevils of the military police were truly astounding. A wonderful fly past wrapped up the proceedings.
But for me, the most impressive contingent was the NSG, the elite black cat commandos of the Indian Army - absolutely swooning over them, still!
If you missed the parade, here is the link to the full HD coverage of the parade by our very own Doordarshan!