New Delhi:Showcasing its military might and rich diverse culture, India -- the world's largest democracy -- celebrated its 71st Republic day with patriotic ardour on Sunday.
The historic Rajpath in the national capital came alive as the main attractions of the celebrations -- Akash and Astra missiles, anti-satellite weapon ? Mission Shakthi, Army's battle tank Bhishma, infantry combat vehicles, and Air Forces' newly inducted Chinook and Apache helicopters were depicted during the parade.
A total of 22 tableaux - 16 from states and union territories and six from various ministries/departments, depicting the nation's rich cultural heritage and economic progress rolled down the Rajpath.
School children conveyed age old message of yoga and spiritual values through dance and music and Indian Air Force aircraft thundered in the sky projecting the air power.
President Ram Nath Kovind hosted this year's chief guest President of the Federative Republic of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro.
The 38th President of Brazil, President Bolsonaro assumed office on January 1, 2019. Under his leadership, Brazil has successfully completed the pro-tempore presidency of the association of five major emerging national economies known as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
The relations between India and Brazil are based on a common global vision, shared democratic values and a commitment to foster inclusive economic growth for the welfare of the people of both countries. Brazil was the first Latin American nation to establish diplomatic relations with India in 1948.
The ties were elevated to a strategic partnership in 2006, opening a new phase in the bilateral relations.(UNI)