Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (2024)

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Welcome to our Republic Day 2024 Highlights! Follow this space for the latest updates on the parade in New Delhi and other developments from across the country. Republic Day 2024: Grateful for French participation, says PM Modi Republic Day 2024: More than 100 women artists participated in the parade Traditional loin-loom weaver Smriti Rekha Chakma, spiritual guru Chitta Maharaj win Padma award from Tripura IN PICS: BSF women riders perform stunts at Republic Day parade IN PICS: Tableaus from various ministries at the Republic Day parade India, France adopt roadmap on defence industrial ties during PM Modi-Macron talks IN PICS: French soldiers take part in Republic Day parade IN PICS: Election Commission tableau at the Republic Day parade IN PICS: PM Modi, French President Macron greet each other at Republic Day parade Republic Day 2024: PM Modi pays tributes to martyrs at Rashtriya Samar Smarak Spectacular parade showcasing India’s strength and diversity: PM Modi shares photos from Republic Day celebrations Who is Padma Shri recipient Sathyanarayana Beleri, the farmer who has conserved 650-odd rice varieties? WATCH: Traditional buggy reinstated for Republic Day celebrations this year Meet Somanna and Dr Prema Dhanraj, Padma awardees from Karnataka 'A big honour for France,' tweets Macron after Republic Day Parade 2024 From Ram to Akbar to Gandhi: Artwork on the Constitution, who painted them Why was January 26 chosen to be India’s Republic Day? Republic Day Parade 2024 comes to an end Republic Day Parade 2024: IAF, Naval aviation's finest on display! All the 'firsts' at Republic Day Parade 2024 Republic Day 2024: Around 1,500 dancers perform on Kartavya Path Watch: Here are some of the state tableaux on display State tableau begin: India's cultural heritage on display Republic Day Parade 2024: IAF tableau displays theme 'Bharatiya Vayu Sena: Saksham, Sashakt, Atmanirbhar' Republic Day Parade 2024: 'Naari shakti', 'atmanirbharta' main focus of Indian Navy tableau In pics: The military contingents so far 'Naari shakti' front and centre: All-women military contingents march down Kartavya Path Republic Day Parade 2024: All you need to know about the Army marching contingent Republic Day Parade 2024: India's military might on display French military contingent marches in parade, Rafale jets perform flypast Republic Day 2024: For first time ever, parade heralded by all-women band Republic Day Parade 2024: Parade commences with cultural tableaux by 17 states and UTs Republic Day Parade 2024: President Murmu, Macron arrive at Kartavya path, parade to begin shortly Republic Day 2024: President Murmu, Chief Guest Macron depart from Rashtrapati Bhavan PM Modi arrives at National War Memorial The Indian Express front page from January 28, 1950 From US to Russia, world leaders wish India on 75th Republic Day At Republic day parade 2024, 'Naari shakti' in focus, many firsts Business as usual: Amid speculation of NDA switch, Nitish Kumar hoists flag in Patna 'Warmest wishes on your Republic day,' says Macron, shares selfie with PM Modi From Ram to Akbar to Gandhi: artwork on the Constitution, who painted them Republic Day 2024: Express photographers capture preparations and celebrations across the country Republic Day 2024: 'Strength of Indian people is infinite,' says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat From Rajasthan, to Telangana: How political leaders are celebrating Republic Day What President Murmu talked about in her national address: Ram Mandir, Amrit Kaal and Constitution The thread that counts: Chanderi To Kasavu, 1,900 varieties of sarees to be on display at Republic Day parade Republic Day 2023: PM Modi extends his wishes What is the schedule for the Republic Day parade? Welcome to our live blog! Who are the Padma Shri awardees this year? All about the valiant acts of those conferred Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra posthumously Kirti Chakra awarded posthumously to three men of the forces Here are the gallantry awards approved by President Murmu Watch | President Droupadi Murmu's full speech on eve of 75th Republic Day Amrit Kaal will see unprecedented technological changes: President Murmu President Murmu encourages sportspersons ahead of Paris Olympics Farsighted planning has made development more inclusive: President Murmu Achievements in space realm have fired imagination of youth: President Murmu President Murmu calls Women's Reservation law 'revolutionary tool' of empowerment G20 summit boosted India's emergence a voice of global South: President References

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (1)Republic Day 2024: President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Republic Day parade in Delhi on Friday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

India Republic Day 2024 Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was “grateful for French participation in our Republic Day celebrations” on Tuesday. He added, “The military band, marching contingent, jets and Multirole Aircraft Tanker contributed to the parade being a memorable one.” French President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in the country yesterday, was the chief guest of the parade. Notably, a French military contingent also participated in the parade earlier today.

The Republic Day parade commenced in New Delhi this morning with multiple military contingents marching down Kartavya Path. For the first time ever, an all-women tri service contingent participated in the parade. As many as 16 states and UTs also displayed their regional heritage and diversity with the help of cultural performances and tableaux. This year, the parade had twin themes — ‘Visit Bharat’ (developed India) and ‘Bharat — Loktantra Ki Matruka’ (India — the mother of democracy).

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Welcome to our Republic Day 2024 Highlights! Follow this space for the latest updates on the parade in New Delhi and other developments from across the country.

21:07 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024: Grateful for French participation, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "grateful for the French participation in our Republic Day celebrations" on Tuesday.

He added, "The military band, marching contingent, jets and Multirole Aircraft Tanker contributed to the parade being a memorable one."

French President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in the country on January 25, was the chief guest of the parade. Notably, a French military contingent also participated.

Grateful for the French participation in our Republic Day celebrations. The military band, marching contingent, jets and Multirole Aircraft Tanker contributed to the parade being a memorable one. https://t.co/T35F635wuF

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 26, 2024

20:43 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024: More than 100 women artists participated in the parade

This year’s Republic Day parade was heralded by over 100 women artists playing Indian musical instruments, as per an official statement. Sankh, Naadswaram, and Nagada were among the instruments used by the artists. The musical instruments replaced the traditional military bands that are normally used to kickstart the celebrations.

Clad in red sarees and golden blouses, with turbans in the colour of the Indian national flag, the band of 112 women artists played a variety of folk and tribal percussion instruments. As per an ANI report, 20 artists played Dhol and Tasha of Maharashtra, 16 artists played Dappu of Telangana, 16 artists gave beat on Dhak and Dhol of West Bengal, 8 artists from West Bengal blew conch shells, 10 artists have Chenda in their hands, 30 artists played Dholu Kunitha of Karnataka, and four artistes each handled Nadaswaram, Tutari, and Cymbals.

19:11 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Traditional loin-loom weaver Smriti Rekha Chakma, spiritual guru Chitta Maharaj win Padma award from Tripura

Eminent weaver Smriti Rekha Chakma and spiritual figure Chitta Ranjan Debbarma from Tripura were named for the Padma Shri award on Thursday evening.

Smriti Rekha Chakma, 63, is a loin-loom shawl weaver from the indigenous Chakma community and is known for using eco-friendly vegetable-dyed cotton threads in traditional designs.

Chitta Ranjan Debbarma, 62, heads the Shanti Kali ashram, which operates under the Shanti Kali Mission. The Mission runs a chain of 24 temples across the state. It is named after Acharya Shanti Kali, a religious preacher, who was shot dead by insurgents in 2000.

Read more about them here

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (2)

18:32 (IST)26 Jan 2024

IN PICS: BSF women riders perform stunts at Republic Day parade

Women riders from the Border Security Force (BSF) performed stunts at the Republic Day parade in Delhi today.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (3)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (4)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (5)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (6)

? Express photos by Praveen Khanna

18:11 (IST)26 Jan 2024

IN PICS: Tableaus from various ministries at the Republic Day parade

Several Union ministries showcased their tasbleaus at the Republic Day parade held in Delhi on Friday.

Here a few glimpses, from Union ministries of Culture, External Affairs, Home, and Electronics and Information Technology.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (7)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (8)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (9)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (10)

? Express photos by Praveen Khanna

17:37 (IST)26 Jan 2024

India, France adopt roadmap on defence industrial ties during PM Modi-Macron talks

India and France have adopted a roadmap on defence industrial cooperation, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with the visiting French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday and Friday.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra underlined that the roadmap would identify opportunities in co-design, co-development and co-production in the defence industrial sector, and cover domains — air and space technology, maritime tech, underwater domain awareness, land warfare, robotics, artificial intelligence and cyber defence.

Shubhajit Roy reports

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16:51 (IST)26 Jan 2024

IN PICS: French soldiers take part in Republic Day parade

A French military contingent participated in the Republic Day parade on Friday.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (12)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (13)

?Express photos by Praveen Khanna

16:32 (IST)26 Jan 2024

IN PICS: Election Commission tableau at the Republic Day parade

The Election Commission's tableau at the Republic Day parade today showcased India as the "Mother of Democracy", one of the themes today.

The tableau showcased the conduct of free, fair, inclusive, accessible and participative elections in the country. India is all set to hold the Lok Sabha elections this year.

In the back portion, the Election Commission's effort towards "No voter to be left behind" has been depicted.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (14)

?Express photo by Amit Mehra

16:17 (IST)26 Jan 2024

IN PICS: PM Modi, French President Macron greet each other at Republic Day parade

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron greeted each other at the Republic Day parade in Delhi on Friday.

Macron, who arrived in the country yesterday, was the chief guest of the parade. Notably, a French military contingent also participated in the parade.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (15)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (16)

? Express photos by Praveen Khanna

15:59 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024: PM Modi pays tributes to martyrs at Rashtriya Samar Smarak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tribute to martyrs at the Rashtriya Samar Smarak in Delhi.

Taking to X, he wrote: "We remember and honour those who selflessly defended our nation. Their courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten. We bow to them in solemn respect and gratitude, vowing to uphold the ideals they stood for."

Paid tributes at the Rashtriya Samar Smarak. We remember and honour those who selflessly defended our nation. Their courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten. We bow to them in solemn respect and gratitude, vowing to uphold the ideals they stood for. pic.twitter.com/qLr7hz9J9s

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 26, 2024

15:45 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Spectacular parade showcasing India’s strength and diversity: PM Modi shares photos from Republic Day celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared visuals from the Republic Day parade, calling it a "spectacular parade showcasing India’s strength and diversity".

Here are glimpses from our vibrant Republic Day celebrations: a spectacular parade showcasing India’s strength and diversity. pic.twitter.com/iu9tCZ4gma

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 26, 2024

15:38 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Who is Padma Shri recipient Sathyanarayana Beleri, the farmer who has conserved 650-odd rice varieties?

Paddy gene bank conservator Sathyanarayana Beleri, one of the unsung heroes who was conferred the Padma Shri award on Republic Day 2024, has been conserving 650-odd rice varieties since 2008.

A native of Belur village in Kerala’s Kasaragod, Sathyanarayana began his mission with 100 grams of a seed variety and kept gleaning seeds of various rice varieties, first from Kerala and then from across the country, to conserve the grains for posterity.

“The Padma award was unexpected. This recognition makes me more responsible. I would continue my mission and add more seeds to my collection,” said Sathyanarayana.

Find out more about his work here

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15:23 (IST)26 Jan 2024

WATCH: Traditional buggy reinstated for Republic Day celebrations this year

This year, President Murmu and her French counterpart Macron arrived at the Kartavya Path in New Delhi in a ‘traditional buggy’.

The horse-drawn buggy had previously been used to bring the President from Rashtrapati Bhavan to Raj Path, but the tradition was discontinued about 40 years ago. Instead, a sedan had been used in previous years.

#WATCH | Delhi | President Droupadi Murmu and French President Emmanuel Macron leave for the Kartavya Path, in a special presidential carriage.#RepublicDay2024 pic.twitter.com/gH1I6kjFUV

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

15:08 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Meet Somanna and Dr Prema Dhanraj, Padma awardees from Karnataka

Tribal welfare worker Somanna, and plastic surgeon Dr Prema Dhanraj are those from Karnataka who were selected by the Union government for Padma Shri awards, announced on January 25.

Who is Somanna?

Somanna, 66, hailing from Mysuru, has been selected under the social work category while Dhanraj, 72, known as ‘Agni Rakshak’, has been selected under the medicines (indigenous-burns) category.

Somanna has tirelessly worked for the uplift of Jenu Kuruba tribe for over four decades.Jenu Kuruba is a honey-collecting tribe from the Nilgiris with around 40,000 inhabitants.

Who is Dr Prema Dhanraj?

Dr Prema Dhanraj, hailing from Bengaluru, has dedicated her life for the care and rehabilitation of burn victims. The work of the plastic reconstructive surgeon extends beyond surgery, championing burn prevention, awareness and policy reform.

A survivor of 50 per cent burns at the age of eight (when a stove burst on her face while playing in the kitchen), she triumphed over personal tragedy to become a driving force of change. She underwent more than 14 surgeries as a child at Christian Medical College Vellore and went on to become a surgeon and HoD in the same hospital.

Read more about them here

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14:35 (IST)26 Jan 2024

'A big honour for France,' tweets Macron after Republic Day Parade 2024

French President Emannuel Macron, the chief guest at this year's Republic Day parade, said his participating was "a big honour for France". A military contingent from France and several Rafale fighter jets were featured in this year's parade.

A great honor for France.
Thank you, India. pic.twitter.com/fXfp4hdCsb

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 26, 2024

13:52 (IST)26 Jan 2024

From Ram to Akbar to Gandhi: Artwork on the Constitution, who painted them

The Indian Constitution is not just the lengthiest written Constitution in the world but also the most richly illustrated, with all 22 parts carrying hand-painted images and its pages adorned with elaborate borders.

While the Constitution was handwritten by calligrapher Prem Behari Narain Raizada, the paintings were conceived and implemented in Santiniketan by artist-pedagogue Nandalal Bose and his team. When placed in sequence, the narrative scheme of the paintings represents different periods in Indian history, from the Indus Valley civilisation to the freedom struggle, also including scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Read more.

13:38 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Why was January 26 chosen to be India’s Republic Day?

French President Emmanuel Macron is India’s chief guest for the 75th Republic Day today (January 26). Since 1950, January 26 has marked the day India’s Constitution came into effect. However, the Constitution was prepared way before the chosen date, adopted officially by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949.

Why do we celebrate our Republic Day on January 26, then? The answer lies in the history of the Indian freedom struggle during which the date held significance since 1930. On January 26,1930, the historic “Poorna Swaraj” declaration was officially promulgated, beginning the final phase of India’s freedom struggle where the goal would be complete independence from British rule.

Read more.

12:46 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day Parade 2024 comes to an end

And with that, the Republic Day parade 2024 has come to an end.

12:29 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day Parade 2024: IAF, Naval aviation's finest on display!

The flypast has begun! This year's flypast includes 54 aircraft/helicopters. These include three aircraft from the French Air & Space Force, 46 from the Indian Air Force, one from the Indian Navy, and four helicopters from the Indian Army.

Vintage as well as modern aircraft such as Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’, Rafale, Su-30, MiG-29 Upgrade, P8I, Jaguar, Dakota, Dornier, C-17, C-130J as well as Light Combat Helicopter ‘Prachand’, Advanced Light Helicopters and Apaches will display various formations, including Tejas, Netra, Varuna, Vajraang, Trishul, Amrit, Prachand, Arjan and Tangail.

The concluding Vertical Charlie maneuver will be performed by a Rafale fighter aircraft.The ceremony will culminate with the national anthem and the release of Tri-colour balloons

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (19)

12:11 (IST)26 Jan 2024

All the 'firsts' at Republic Day Parade 2024

While the traditional horse-drawn buggy was once used to bring the president from Rashtrapati Bhavan to Raj Path, the tradition was discontinued about 40 years ago. This year, the tradition was reinstated! President Droupadi Murmu and French President Macron travelled onboard the buggy, instead of a fortified sedan, as had become the norm over the last few decades. Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (20)

We also saw the first-ever all-women tri service contingent marching down Kartavya Path. The contingent was led by Captain Sandhya of Military Police, with three supernumerary officers Captain Sharanya Rao, Sub Lieutenant Anshu Yadav & Flight Lieutenant Shrishti Rao, and an all-women Armed Forces Medical Services contingent, headed by Major Srishti Khullar with Captain Amba Samant of Army Dental Corps, Surgeon Lieutenant Kanchana of Indian Navy & Flight Lieutenant Dhivya Priya of Indian Air Force.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (21)

For the first time ever, the parade was heralded by over 100 women artists playing Indian musical instruments.

12:04 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024: Around 1,500 dancers perform on Kartavya Path

As part of a cultural presentation organised jointly by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Culture, more than 1,500 dancers performed on Kartavya Path as part of the parade. The grand performance includes 30 folk dance styles uniquely prevalent in different states, as well as contemporary classical dance and Bollywood styles. The artists include tribal dancers, folk dancers, and classical dancers.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (22)

Next up is the motorcycle display! Stay tuned.

11:52 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Watch: Here are some of the state tableaux on display

Chhattisgarh

#WATCH | The #RepublicDay2024 tableau of Chhattisgarh takes part in the parade.

The tableau of the state reflects the democratic consciousness and traditional democratic values present in the tribal communities since ancient times. The tableau has been decorated with… pic.twitter.com/FucYDRiK8e

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

Odisha

#WATCH | The #RepublicDay2024 tableau of Odisha takes part in the parade.

The tableau of the state depicts the achievements of women empowerment as well as the state's rich handicraft and handloom sector. pic.twitter.com/aH4LxHx8fz

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

Manipur

#WATCH | Manipur showcases its 'Nari Shakti' with 'Ima Keithel', the 500-year-old market, one and only in the world run entirely by women#RepublicDay2024 pic.twitter.com/tTYJ1AYkiN

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

Madhya Pradesh

#WATCH | The #RepublicDay2024 tableau of Madhya Pradesh takes part in the parade.

The tableau portrays the 'Self-reliant and progressive; women of the state. pic.twitter.com/2XoU9TDJdN

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

Arunachal Pradesh

#WATCH | The tableau of Arunachal Pradesh on Kartavya Path depicts the Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot in the state pic.twitter.com/FfYjvcv3GF

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

11:36 (IST)26 Jan 2024

State tableau begin: India's cultural heritage on display

After the military presentations, we are now seeing states display their cultural heritage and diversity. Tableaux of 16 States/Union Territories (UTs) will roll down the Kartavya Path, showcasing India’s rich cultural diversity and creativity. These are:

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (23)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (24)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (25)

11:25 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day Parade 2024: IAF tableau displays theme 'Bharatiya Vayu Sena: Saksham, Sashakt, Atmanirbhar'

The Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent comprises 144 airmen and four officers. Their tableau is based on the theme Bharatiya Vayu Sena: Saksham, Sashakt, Aatmanirbhar’. The tableau depicts LCA Tejas and Su-30 flying over the IOR, and a C-295 transport aircraft being flown by women aircrew in the co*ckpit. The GSAT- 7A positioned on the tableau represents the IAF’s incorporation of space technology in its operations. The tableau shows that IAF has been at the forefront of rendering humanitarian aid, both within and across borders.

#WATCH | Indian Air Force tableau takes part in #RepublicDay2024 parade.

The tableau displays the theme 'Bharatiya Vayu Sena: Saksham, Sashakt, Atmanirbhar'. The tableau commanders are Flt Lt Ananya Sharma and Flying Officer Asma Shaikh. pic.twitter.com/2vM8gNjNEp

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

11:21 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day Parade 2024: 'Naari shakti', 'atmanirbharta' main focus of Indian Navy tableau

The Indian Navy contingent consists of 144 men and women Agniveers, led by Lt Prajwal M as Contingent Commander and Lt Mudita Goyal, Lt Sharvani Supreiya & Lt Devika H as Platoon Commanders.

It will be followed by the Naval Tableau, depicting the themes ‘Nari Shakti’ and ‘Sea Power Across the Oceans Through Indigenisation’.

The first part of the tableau showcases the women in the Indian Navy in All Roles and in All Ranks across the Navy while the second depicts the very first indigenous Carrier Battle Group, comprising the Aircraft Carrier Vikrant, her highly capable escort ships Delhi, Kolkata and Shivalik, the Light Combat Aircraft and Advanced Light Helicopter, the Kalvari Class Submarine and the GSAT-7, Rukmani Satellite.

#WATCH | Indian Navy tableau highlights the themes of 'Nari Shakti and 'Atmanirbharta', also shows the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant and Navy ships Delhi, Kolkata and Shivalik and Kalavari Class Submarine pic.twitter.com/XDQqQjQb17

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

11:18 (IST)26 Jan 2024

In pics: The military contingents so far

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (26)
Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (27)
Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (28)

11:13 (IST)26 Jan 2024

'Naari shakti' front and centre: All-women military contingents march down Kartavya Path

For the first time ever, an all women tri-service contingent marched down Kartavya Path as part of this year's Republic Day parade. The first contingent was led by Captain Sandhya of Military Police, with three supernumerary officers Captain Sharanya Rao, Sub Lieutenant Anshu Yadav & Flight Lieutenant Shrishti Rao, and an all-women Armed Forces Medical Services contingent, headed by Major Srishti Khullar with Captain Amba Samant of Army Dental Corps, Surgeon Lieutenant Kanchana of Indian Navy & Flight Lieutenant Dhivya Priya of Indian Air Force.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (29)

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (30)

11:05 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day Parade 2024: All you need to know about the Army marching contingent

The first Army contingent leading the Mechanised Column will be of 61 Cavalry, led by Major Yashdeep Ahlawat. Raised in 1953, the 61 Cavalry is the only serving active Horsed Cavalry Regiment in the world, with the amalgamation of all the ‘State Horsed Cavalry Units’.It will be followed by 11 Mechanised Columns, 12 marching contingents, and a fly past by Advanced Light Helicopters of Army Aviation Corps.

The Army Marching Contingents include The Madras Regiment, The Grenadiers, Rajputana Rifles, Sikhs Regiment and the Kumaon Regiment.

10:59 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day Parade 2024: India's military might on display

We are witnessing a presentation of some of India's domestically-made weaponry and equipment. Here's what we have seen so far: Tank T-90 Bhishma, NAG Missile System, Infantry Combat Vehicle, All-Terrain Vehicle, Pinaka, Weapon Locating Radar System ‘Swathi’, Sarvatra Mobile Bridging System, Drone Jammer System, and Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile System among others will be the main attractions in the mechanised columns

10:54 (IST)26 Jan 2024

French military contingent marches in parade, Rafale jets perform flypast

A military contingent from France pariticipated in this year's parade. We also saw a flypast by French Rafale fighter jets. Too bad, visibility is limited because of heavy fog! Stay tuned for more.

10:47 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024: For first time ever, parade heralded by all-women band

The parade began as usual with 'Aavahan' (invocation). Notably, for the first time ever, the parade is being heralded by over 100 women artists playing Indian musical instruments. The artists were playing instruments like the Sankh, Naadswaram, Nagada, etc. Check it out:

#WATCH | Delhi | #RepublicDay2024 parade at Kartavya Path begins with 'Aavahan'.

For the first time ever, the parade is being heralded by over 100 women artists playing Indian musical instruments. The parade is commencing with the music of Sankh, Naadswaram, Nagada, etc. being… pic.twitter.com/ypM5ixl2Cd

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

10:42 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day Parade 2024: Parade commences with cultural tableaux by 17 states and UTs

The Republic Day parade has commenced! At present, at least 17 states and UTs are presenting their tableaux depicting thier regional heritage at Kartavya Path.

Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (31)

10:36 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day Parade 2024: President Murmu, Macron arrive at Kartavya path, parade to begin shortly

President Droupadi Murmu and French President Emanuel Macron have arrived at Kartavya Path. They were greeted by PM Modi. As soon as they reach their designated seats, a 21-gun salute will be performed, the national flag will be unfurled and the national anthem will be sung. And with that, the parade begins. Stay tuned for more.

10:26 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024: President Murmu, Chief Guest Macron depart from Rashtrapati Bhavan

We are now minutes away from the parade's commencement. President Droupadi Murmu and French President Emmanuel Macron are now departing from Rashtrapati Bhavan. What's interesting is that the two world leaders will go to Kartavya Path on a horse-pulled buggy, reviving a tradition that was retired over four decades ago. Take a look: Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (32)

10:15 (IST)26 Jan 2024

PM Modi arrives at National War Memorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the National War Memorial. Here, he will lay a wreath and pay homage to the country's fallen soldiers. We are officially just moments away from the commencement of the Republic Day parade.

#WATCH | PM Narendra Modi arrives at the National War Memorial to pay homage to those who laid down their lives in the service of the nation pic.twitter.com/owpFbuxyvh

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

09:59 (IST)26 Jan 2024

The Indian Express front page from January 28, 1950

Check out what our front page looked like 74 years ago on January 28, 1950. Since January 26 that year was a national holiday, the paper was not published the next day. Instead, accounts of what happened on Republic Day that year were published in the January 28 edition. Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (33)

09:46 (IST)26 Jan 2024

From US to Russia, world leaders wish India on 75th Republic Day

As India celebrates its 75th Republic Day, well wishes poured in from around the world. President Droupadi Murmu will head the celebrations to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence. French President Emmanuel Macron is the chief guest this year for the 90-minute parade which will, in a first, witness an all-women Tri-Service contingent. This year’s themes are “Viksit Bharat” and “Bharat — Loktantra ki matrika”, which emphasise India’s role as a nurturer of democracy.

From US to Russia, here’s what global powers said:

The United States wished India ahead of the Republic Day, terming it as “a key strategic partner” and “one that we look forward to closening our collaboration in a number of key areas on.”

Russian Ambassador to India, Denis Alipov, took to Twitter to wish India.

“Warmest congratulations on the #RepublicDay, India! Wishing our Indian friends prosperity, well-being and very bright #AmritKaal! Long live #Bharat! Long live Rusi-Bharatiya Dosti!,” he said in a post.

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09:29 (IST)26 Jan 2024

At Republic day parade 2024, 'Naari shakti' in focus, many firsts

In a first, the Republic Day parade will begin with 100 women artists playing Indian musical instruments such as Sankh, Naadswaram and Nagada, marking a shift from the past when this was done by military bands.

Another first in the parade is the participation of two French Rafale fighter jets and a Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft in the flypast. A 95-member French marching contingent and a 33-member band contingent will also take part in the celebrations.

The parade will also see the first-ever participation of a 144 personnel tri-service women contingent with 48 personnel from each service. Additionally, the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) contingents will have all-women contingents, the defence secretary said.

09:16 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Business as usual: Amid speculation of NDA switch, Nitish Kumar hoists flag in Patna

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hoisted a flag at his official residence in Patna this morning. This comes amid talk of the Bihar CM possibly returning to the NDA fold due to an impasse over seat-sharing with the INDIA alliance.

#WATCH | Bihar CM Nitish Kumar unfurls the national flag at his residence in Patna, on #RepublicDay2024; also distributes sweets among the people there. pic.twitter.com/P13y6YDBYk

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

09:10 (IST)26 Jan 2024

'Warmest wishes on your Republic day,' says Macron, shares selfie with PM Modi

Extending his greetings on the occassion of Republic Day, French President Emmanuel Macron -- the chief guest of this year's Republic Day parade -- shared a selfie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"My dear friend PM Modi, Indian people, My warmest wishes on your Republic Day. Happy and proud to be with you," he wrote.

My dear friend @NarendraModi,
Indian people,

My warmest wishes on your Republic Day. Happy and proud to be with you.

Let’s celebrate! pic.twitter.com/e5kg1PEc0p

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 26, 2024

Macron arrived in Jaipur on Thursday, after which he visited some of the city’s iconic sites,took part in a roadshow with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and did some shopping.

09:01 (IST)26 Jan 2024

From Ram to Akbar to Gandhi: artwork on the Constitution, who painted them

The Indian Constitution is not just the lengthiest written Constitution in the world but also the most richly illustrated, with all 22 parts carrying hand-painted images and its pages adorned with elaborate borders. From Ram to Akbar to Gandhi, we explain the artwork on the Constitution and write about the artists who painted them.

08:50 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024: Express photographers capture preparations and celebrations across the country

In the run-up to Republic Day, the Indian Express' photographers captured some of the preparations and celebrations that took place across the country. Check it out:Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (34)Children celebrate 75th Republic day at Shivaji Education Institute in Ghatkopar, MumbaiRepublic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (35)Security personnel at Kartavya Path in New Delhi.Republic Day Parade 2024 Highlights: Grateful for French participation in celebrations, says PM Modi (36)Final dress rehearsal at PAU grounds in Ludhiana

08:35 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2024: 'Strength of Indian people is infinite,' says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

In an address on the occasion of Republic Day, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said India is moving forward because of the strength of its people. "The strength of the people of India is infinite. When this strength rises, it does many miracles. Today, we are moving forward in every sector. We can achieve only when we are bound by a sense of brotherhood...In our country, there is a tradition of accepting diversity. The country will rise to greater heights when everyone works together with a sense of brotherhood and follows the Constitution," he said.

#WATCH | On 75th Republic Day, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat says, "The strength of the people of India is infinite. When this strength rises, it does many miracles. Today, we are moving forward in every sector. We can achieve only when we are bound by a sense of brotherhood...In our… pic.twitter.com/yzp1GVfrrV

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

08:19 (IST)26 Jan 2024

From Rajasthan, to Telangana: How political leaders are celebrating Republic Day

Several political leaders across the country kicked off the day by paying homage to the country's fallen soldiers and hoisting national flags.

In Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma unfurled the national flag at his residence. Take a look:

#WATCH | Jaipur: Rajasthan CM Bhajanlal Sharma unfurls the national flag at his residence on the occasion of Republic Day pic.twitter.com/dMjHQeYJLs

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat too hoisted a flag at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.

#WATCH | Maharashtra | RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat unfurls the national flag at RSS headquarters in Nagpur, on #RepublicDay2024 pic.twitter.com/W2ZmlYwOb5

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

Meanwhile, Telangana CM Revanth Reddy laid a wreath to honour the fallen soldiers at Veerula Sainik Smarak, Army Parade Ground in Secunderabad.

#WATCH | Telangana CM Revanth Reddy lays a wreath at Veerula Sainik Smarak, Army Parade Ground in Secunderabad on #RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/IBMKy5oRfj

— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2024

08:11 (IST)26 Jan 2024

What President Murmu talked about in her national address: Ram Mandir, Amrit Kaal and Constitution

In her address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day, President Droupadi Murmu hailed the consecration of the new Ram temple in Ayodhya, calling it a “landmark in India’s continued re-discovery of its civilisational heritage”.

Murmu also said the country is in “the early years of Amrit Kaal, the period leading to the centenary of Independence”, the time of “an epochal transformation”.

“Tomorrow is the day when we celebrate the commencement of the Constitution. Its Preamble begins with the words ‘We, the People of India’, highlighting the theme of the document, namely, democracy. In India, democratic system is much older than the concept of western democracy. That is the reason why India is called the ‘mother of democracy’,” she said.

The President also made a special mention of the birth anniversary of former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur, who has been awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously, calling him the “tireless champion of social justice”. “Karpoori ji was one of the greatest advocates of backward classes who dedicated his life for their welfare. His life was a message. I pay my tribute to Karpoori ji for enriching public life through his contributions,” she said. Read more.

08:00 (IST)26 Jan 2024

The thread that counts: Chanderi To Kasavu, 1,900 varieties of sarees to be on display at Republic Day parade

Amidst the tableaux of various states and ministries that would participate in the Republic Day parade this year will be an exhibition of sarees, textiles and embroideries from around India. Titled ‘Anant Sutra – The Endless Thread’, the exhibition along the Kartavya Path on Friday will feature nearly 1,900 drapes mounted on woodenframes. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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07:50 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Republic Day 2023: PM Modi extends his wishes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his wishes on the occasion of India's 75th Republic Day. Take a look:

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Best wishes on special occasion of the 75th Republic Day. Jai Hind!

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 26, 2024

07:34 (IST)26 Jan 2024

What is the schedule for the Republic Day parade?

? Well, the day will begin with President Droupadi Murmu unfurling the national flag at 8 am at Kartavya Path.

? While the parade will officially kick off at 10:30 am, the ceremony will begin with Prime Minister Modi visiting the National War Memorial, where he will lay a wreath for the nation's fallen soldiers.

? Minutes later, President Murmu and French President Macron (the chief guest of this year's parade) will arrive in the traditional buggy. Now this is something to look out for, as this practice was discontinued four decades ago.Stay tuned for more!

07:28 (IST)26 Jan 2024

Welcome to our live blog!

?? Happy Republic Day!

The parade is set to begin at 10:30 am. Until then, we will keep you posted on how the country is celebrating its 75th Republic Day.
Here's what you need to know:
??‍?‍?? The twin themes of this year's parade are ‘Visit Bharat’ (developed India) and ‘Bharat — Loktantra Ki Matruka’ (India — the mother of democracy).
?? The chief guest of the parade this year is French President Emmanuel Macron
? For the first time, an all-women tri-services contingent will participate in the parade.

22:12 (IST)25 Jan 2024

Who are the Padma Shri awardees this year?

First female elephant mahout Parbati Baruah, tribal environmentalist Chami Murmu, social worker from Mizoram Sangthankima awarded Padma Shri.

Plastic surgeon working for burn victims Prema Dhanraj, international Mallakhamb coach Uday Vishwanath Deshpande awarded Padma Shri.

Developer of India's first Sickle Cell Anemia Control Program Yazdi Maneksha Italia awarded Padma Shri

21:46 (IST)25 Jan 2024

All about the valiant acts of those conferred Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra posthumously

Captain Anshuman Singh— a doctor, was posted with 26 Punjab as a medical officer in the Siachen Glacier area. On July 19, 2023, there was a fire incident in which he saw a fibreglass hut engulfed in fire after which he helped save 4-5 individuals. He went inside the medical investigation room which was also on fire to retrieve the critical medical aid box but could not make it out due to heavy fire amid strong winds. He has been awarded the Kirti Chakra posthumously.

Havildar Abdul Majid of 9 Para Special Forces was operating as a squad commander in a search operation in forested areas of the Rajouri sector on November 22 last year. He first helped evacuate wounded Captain MV Pranjal of 63 RR. He then took position near a natural cave where terrorists were hiding. Despite being injured in the terrorist firing, he lobbed a grenade to force the hiding terrorist to come out. Sensing danger to his own team, he moved towards the terrorist, killed him and succumbed to his injuries later. He has been awarded Kirti Chakra posthumously.

Havildar Pawan Kumar of 55 Rashtriya Rifles Grenadiers was part of an operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 27, 2023, when during a room intervention exercise, he killed a terrorist and injured another in hand-to-hand combat while laying down his own life. He has been awarded Kirti Chakra posthumously for exceptional bravery.

Captain MV Pranjal 63 Rashtriya Rifles Corps of Signals, was leading a small surveillance team when he came across two terrorists who too saw him in Rajouri district. The officer sensed danger for the women and children present there and pushed them to safety as terrorists opened fire. He engaged the terrorists despite the minimum cover and maintained contact till the arrival of additional troops. He later succumbed to gunshot wounds. For saving the lives of civilians and sustained contact with terrorists which led to their elimination, he has been awarded the Shaurya Chakra posthumously.

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21:07 (IST)25 Jan 2024

Kirti Chakra awarded posthumously to three men of the forces

Captain Anshuman Singh, Army Medical Corps, 26TH battalion Punjab Regiment, Havaldar Abdul Majid of 9 Para Special Forces unit and Sepoy Pawan Kumar of 55 Rashtriya Rifles (Grenadiers) awarded the second highest peacetime gallantry award - Kirti Chakra, posthumously.

Indian Army’s Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, Central Army Commander Lt Gen NS Raja Subramani, Southern Army Commander Lt Gen AK Singh awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal on Republic Day. Indian Air Force’s Maintenance Command chief Air Marshal Vibhas Pande awarded PVSM.

Indian Navy’s Vice Chief Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal at this Republic Day. Indian Coast Guard Chief Director General Rakesh Pal awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

Major Digvijay Singh Rawat, 21 Para Special Forces, Major Deependra Vikram Basnet, 4 Sikh and Havildar Pawan Yadav, 21 Mahar awarded the Kirti Chakra this year.

21:05 (IST)25 Jan 2024

Here are the gallantry awards approved by President Murmu

President Droupadi Murmu has approved Gallantry awards to 80 Armed Forces personnel, including 12 posthumous, on the eve of the 75th Republic Day. These include six Kirti Chakras, including three posthumous; 16 Shaurya Chakras, including two posthumous; 53 Sena Medals, including seven posthumous; one Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) and four Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).

20:39 (IST)25 Jan 2024

Watch | President Droupadi Murmu's full speech on eve of 75th Republic Day

20:34 (IST)25 Jan 2024

Amrit Kaal will see unprecedented technological changes: President Murmu

Towards the conclusion of her speech on the eve of the 75th Republic Day, President Droupadi Murmu said the period of Amrit Kaal is going to be that of "unprecedented technological changes".

"Technological advances like Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have moved from headlines into our daily lives at a breathtaking speed. There are numerous areas of concern in the foreseeable future, but there are also exciting opportunities ahead,
especially for the youth. They are exploring new frontiers. We need to do all we can to remove hurdles from their path and let them unleash their full potential. What they want is equality of opportunity. What they want is not the same old rhetoric of equality, but the realisation of our cherished ideal of equality," she said.

She ended her speech by thanking teachers, farmers, labourers, members of military and paramilitary forces, among others.

20:08 (IST)25 Jan 2024

President Murmu encourages sportspersons ahead of Paris Olympics

President Droupadi Murmu hailed India's sportspersons for a record-breaking tally of 107 medals at the Asian Games and 111 medals at Asian Para Games.

"We are glad to see that women are making very impressive contribution to our medal tally. Our sports-stars have inspired children to take up diverse sports and games, helping them boost their self-confidence. I am sure that our sportspersons, who are infused with this new confidence, will deliver an improved performance in the upcoming Paris Olympics," she said.

19:58 (IST)25 Jan 2024

Farsighted planning has made development more inclusive: President Murmu

"Our GDP growth rate has remained the highest among major economies in recent years, and we have all reasons to believe that this extraordinary performance will continue in the year 2024 and beyond. What I find particularly noteworthy is that the same farsighted planning that fuels the economy has also given a push to the welfare drive to make the development inclusive in every sense of the
term," President Droupadi Murmu said in her speech.

19:52 (IST)25 Jan 2024

Achievements in space realm have fired imagination of youth: President Murmu

Hailing the various successful missions of the ISRO, President Droupadi Murmu said the achievements have fired the imagination of the youth. "India went to the moon, becoming the first to land on the lunar south pole region. After Chandrayaan-3, the Indian Space Research Organisation rolled out a solar mission as well. Recently, Aditya L1 was successfully put into the halo orbit. We began the new year with the launch of our first X-ray Polarimeter Satellite called XPoSat which will study space mysteries like black holes. Many more space missions are planned in the current calendar year. Preparations for the Gaganyaan mission, our first human spaceflight programme, are proceeding smoothly. India’s space programme is aimed at expanding and deepening the role of science and technology for the benefit of the entire humanity. It will also inspire more youngsters, especially young women, to pursue careers in science and technology," she said.

19:49 (IST)25 Jan 2024

President Murmu calls Women's Reservation law 'revolutionary tool' of empowerment

President Droupadi Murmu said the Women's Reservation Bill, passed by the Parliament in October last year, has led India to progress closer to the ideal of gender equality. She said it will prove to be a "revolutionary tool of women’s empowerment".

"When more women will be involved in the matters of collective importance, our administrative priorities will be more in tune with the needs of the masses," Murmu added.

19:40 (IST)25 Jan 2024

G20 summit boosted India's emergence a voice of global South: President

The successful organising of the Group of 20 Summit in the capital, under India’s presidency, was an unprecedented achievement, President Droupadi Murmi said in her speech on the eve of Republic Day.

"What was all the more noteworthy was the way the people were involved in the G20 events. The magnificent event provided lessons for all in making citizens participants in strategic and diplomatic matters that are, in the final analysis, going to shape their own future. The G20 Summit also boosted India’s emergence as the voice of the Global South, adding a necessary element to the international discourse," she said.

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