Republic Day parade ends with Rafale fighter jets carrying out 'Vertical Charlie'

With COVID-19 protocols in place and the protesting farmers’ tractor march scheduled in the national capital, Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi will wear an altogether different look this year. While gravity-defying stunts by motorcycle-borne men will be missing, the spectator size too has been reduced to 25,000 from around 1.25 lakh last year. Stay tuned to live blog for latest updates. 

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 12:24
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India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day, the day its Constitution came into force in 1950. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the 72nd Republic day celebrations at Rajpath in the national capital on Tuesday witnessed a shortened programme, with no foreign guest, reduced list of events, fewer spectators, no children below under 15. The Republic Day parade also had a shorter route with fewer soldiers in the Army and Navy contingents as participants. 

India's military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress was on display during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath. Apart from tableaus of Armed forces, 17 tableaus from different states and nine tableaus from different ministries/departments of the central government and Paramilitary Forces and six from Ministry of Defence also was on display during the annual parade. 

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Republic Day. "Wishing all the people of India a Happy Republic Day. Jai Hind!" Modi tweeted.

With the national capital on Tuesday witnessing two big events--Republic Day celebrations and a farmers' tractor parade--the city has been brought under heavy security cover with the deployment of thousands of security personnel in central Delhi and several border points. An official said around 6,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain vigil. Facial recognition systems have also been set up at vantage points for suspect identification, the official said.

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A five-layer security cover was deployed in and around the city to maintain law and order, a senior police officer said.

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Check out the latest updates on 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath: 

26 January 2021, 12:24 PM

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari unfurls tricolor at his residence in the national capital.

26 January 2021, 12:19 PM

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel unfurled the national flag in Baster today, on Republic Day.

26 January 2021, 12:18 PM

Australian PM greets India on 72nd Republic Day 

What wonderful coincidence it's of our history that Jan 26 Australia Day, is India's Republic Day, a national day shared between friends. Australia-India share more than national day. We pursue same ideals-democracy, freedom, liberty, diversity, enterprise, opportunity. Our history is long and our connections are many. With each year, we become even closer. The global pandemic has not divided us but has made us appreciate these shared ideals even more: Australian PMScott Morrison

26 January 2021, 11:54 AM

Republic Day parade ends with Rafale fighters jets carrying out a 'Vertical Charlie'.

26 January 2021, 11:44 AM

Republic Day parade culminates with a single Rafale aircraft flying at a speed of 900km/hr carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’. The aircraft is piloted by Gp Capt Harkirat Singh, Shaurya Chakra, Commanding Officer of 17 Squadron with Sqn Ldr Kislaykant.

26 January 2021, 11:44 AM

The ‘Trinetra’ formation comprising of three Su-30MKIs - the three aircraft split outwards and upwards, forming a ‘Trishul in the Sky’. The formation is led by Gp Capt AK Misra. Commanding Officer of 15 Squadron with Sqn Ldr RC Kulkarni.

26 January 2021, 11:34 AM

UK PM Boris Johnson greets India on Republic Day: 

Today as India celebrates Republic Day and the birth of the extraordinary Constitution that established your nation as the biggest sovereign democracy in the world, I want to offer my sincere greetings to a country that is very close to my heart: UK PM Boris Johnson 

 

26 January 2021, 11:33 AM

Delhi: With the theme of 'Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: COVID' the tableau of the Department of Biotechnology depicts the process of #COVID19 Vaccine development through various processes.

26 January 2021, 11:32 AM

Ladakh: ITBP personnel celebrate #RepublicDay at the banks of Pangong Tso lake

26 January 2021, 11:04 AM

Designed after the theme 'Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh', the tableau of Uttar Pradesh also displays Ram Mandir. The forepart of the middle tableau shows Deepotsava of Ayodhya, in which millions of earthen lamps are lit.

26 January 2021, 11:01 AM

Designed after the theme 'Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh', the tableau of Uttar Pradesh also displays Ram Mandir. The forepart of the middle tableau shows Deepotsava of Ayodhya, in which millions of earthen lamps are lit. 

26 January 2021, 10:57 AM

Tableau of Punjab showcases the glory of 9th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. The tableau has the theme '400th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur'. The end of the trailer shows Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib, the site of cremation of Guru Tegh Bahadur.

26 January 2021, 10:57 AM

Republic Day: A replica of the Sun Temple at Modhera displayed on the Gujarat tableau. The tableau depicts the Sabhamandap, part of the Sun Temple. It’s 52 pillars denote 52 weeks of a Solar year.

26 January 2021, 10:56 AM

The display of cultural tableaux begins at #RepublicDay parade, with Ladakh leading. It's the first-ever tableau of the UT. It shows Ladakh's culture & communal harmony besides art & architecture, languages & dialects, customs & costumes, fairs & festivals, literature, music.

26 January 2021, 10:56 AM

Republic Day 2021: NCC Girls marching contingent led by Senior Under Officer Samruddhi Harshal Sant of NCC Directorate, Maharashtra

26 January 2021, 10:55 AM

DRDO contingent this year consists of two Tableaus: Light Combat Aircraft-Navy - Take off from INS Vikramaditya and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.

26 January 2021, 10:55 AM

Delhi: A contingent of the National Security Guard (NSG) also known as the Black Cat Commandoes march down Rajpath. The Force was raised in 1984

26 January 2021, 10:54 AM

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar unfurls the national flag on Republic Day in Kolkata; Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also present.

26 January 2021, 10:54 AM

The Camel contingent of the Border Security Force under the command of Deputy Commandant Ghanshyam Singh, at Rajpath on Republic Day.

26 January 2021, 10:53 AM

Delhi: Indian Navy's tableau with the theme of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ being displayed at Republic Day parade. The trailer of tableau showcases Navy’s principal combatant in 1971 war, INS Vikrant conducting flying operations with Sea Hawk and Alize aircrafts.

26 January 2021, 10:52 AM

Republic Day: Flt Lt Bhawna Kanth, one of the first three female fighter pilots of the country, is part of the Indian Air Force tableau at the Republic Day parade

26 January 2021, 10:52 AM

Captain Preeti Choudhary of 140 Air Defence Regiment (Self Propelled) leads upgraded Schilka Weapon system. She is the only woman contingent commander from Army at Republic Day parade 2021. Schilka Weapon system is equipped with modern radar and digital fire control computers.

26 January 2021, 10:51 AM

Delhi: Farmers carry out tractor parade at Ghazipur border amid high security deployment. They are following the Ghazipur border-Apsra border-Hapur Road-IMS College-Lal Kuan-Ghazipur border route

26 January 2021, 10:51 AM

Delhi: Naval Brass Band led by Sumesh Rajan, Master Chief Petty Officer (Musician), playing the Indian Navy Song tune ‘Jai Bharti’ marches down Rajpath

26 January 2021, 10:50 AM

The marching contingent Garhwal Rifles is led by Captain Rajpoot Saurabh Singh of 17th Battalion.

26 January 2021, 10:27 AM

Republic Day celebrations: Pinaka Multi Launcher Rocket System of 841 Rocket Regiment(Pinaka)being led by Captain Vibhor Gulati. 214 mm Pinaka MBRL is one of the most advanced rocket systems in world. A fully automated system, it can deliver firepower within a short span of time over large area.

26 January 2021, 10:27 AM

The Mobile Autonomous Launcher of the Brahmos Missile system is led by Captain Quamrul Zaman. This missile has been developed as a joint venture between India and Russia. It has a maximum range of 400 km.

26 January 2021, 10:26 AM

Marching Contingent and Band of Bangladesh Army participate in Republic Day parade. The contingent is being led by Lt Col Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawan. The 122-member strong contingent is participating in the parade for the first time.

26 January 2021, 10:26 AM

The main battle tank of the Indian Army, T- 90 Bhishma, which is commanded by Captain Karanveer Singh Bhangu of 54 Armoured Regiment goes past the saluting dais.

26 January 2021, 10:25 AM

Winners of the Param Vir Chakra and the Ashok Chakra parade down Rajpath. Param Vir Chakra is awarded for acts of bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of the enemy. Ashok Chakra awarded for similar acts of valour and self-sacrifice but, other than,in the face of the enemy.

26 January 2021, 10:24 AM

Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra, leads this year's Republic Day parade, as the Parade Commander.

26 January 2021, 10:23 AM

Delhi: 21 Gun Salute presented by Ceremonial Battery of 223 Field Regiment following the unfurling of the national flag. The 21 Gun Salute is also presented during Independence Day and visits of foreign Heads of State.

26 January 2021, 10:05 AM

Republic Day 2021: The Tricolour unfurled at Rajpath in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries, on 72nd Republic Day. 

26 January 2021, 09:54 AM

President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrive at Rajpath.

26 January 2021, 09:49 AM

Visuals: PM Narendra Modi at National War Memorial

26 January 2021, 09:48 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs the ceremonial book at the National War Memorial at the India Gate. Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Navy Staff also present.

 

26 January 2021, 09:42 AM

BJP National President JP Nadda unfurls the national flag on 72nd Republic Day at BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

26 January 2021, 09:42 AM

PM Narendra Modi pays homage to martyrs at National War Memorial

26 January 2021, 09:16 AM

President Ram Nath Kovind to arrive at Rajpath at 10 am.

26 January 2021, 08:41 AM

Preparations in the final stage for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath; seating arrangement made keeping social distancing in mind

26 January 2021, 08:41 AM

Security tightened across the national capital on Republic Day. Visuals from North Avenue.

26 January 2021, 08:40 AM

Delhi Police erected a temporary wall to seal Karnal bypass to stop the entry of vehicles into the national capital.

26 January 2021, 08:39 AM

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot hoists tricolour at CM residence in Jaipur. 

26 January 2021, 08:38 AM

Farmers' tractors with Tricolour ready for Republic Day tractor rally in protest against the Centre's farm laws. Visuals from Chilla border on Delhi-Noida Link Road.

26 January 2021, 08:38 AM

Delhi-UP Ghazipur border: Protesting farmers to hold tractor rally today. Farmers at Ghazipur border to follow the route -Gazipur border-Apsra border-Hapur Road-IMS College-Lal Kuan-Gazipur border.

26 January 2021, 08:32 AM

Heavy security deployed in New Delhi

 

New Delhi has been brought under heavy security cover with the deployment of thousands of security personnel. Patrolling has been intensified at power substations in Delhi following a threat from the banned Sikhs for Justice outfit to disrupt the city's supply during the Republic Day celebrations. An official said around 6,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain vigil. Facial recognition systems have also been set up at vantage points for suspect identification, the official said.

26 January 2021, 08:31 AM

Security tightened in and around central Delhi

26 January 2021, 07:37 AM

JAP to hold tractor rally in Patna on Republic Day

Ahead of the scheduled tractor rally by the agitating farmers in the national capital on Republic Day, Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) led by its chief Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav announced to hold a tractor rally in Patna on Tuesday. The rally will start from the Patna Art College and go to Veerchand Patel Path, Patna Junction and Dak Banglow Chowk before terminating at the Gandhi Maidan.