Some of India's latest weaponry was displayed before New Delhi crowds watching a military parade on Friday (26 January) marking the 23rd anniversary of the Republic's inauguration.
Some of India's latest weaponry was displayed before New Delhi crowds watching a military parade on Friday (26 January) marking the 23rd anniversary of the Republic's inauguration. Russian and British missiles and aircraft, and Indian-made tanks were among military hardware unveiled for the first time to the public gaze. Many in the crowd appeared just as interested in the distinguished guests attending the parade. These included Ms Velasco,..wife of President Velasco of Peru, Mrs. Alva Myrdal...a Cabinet Minister in the Swedish Government, and Soviet woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. President Giri and Mrs. Gandhi, the Prime Minister, were also present.
The parade featured a march-past of troops, and camel corps, and a fly-past of aircraft.
SYNOPSIS: Large crowds packed New Delhi streets on Friday to watch a military parade marking the 23rd anniversary of the Indian Republic's inauguration.
Mrs. Alva Myrdal....a Swedish Cabinet Minister, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, and Mrs. Velasco...wife of the President of Peru..were among distinguished guests. India's Prime Minister, Mrs. Gandhi, arrived in an open vehicle to join her guests.
President Giri also attended.
Early in the parade....a ride-past of cavalry.
The Camel Corps also attracted much interest among the younger spectators.
President Giri took the salute from the reviewing stand as a Sikh Regiment marched past.
Decorated elephants and traditional dancing are expected attractions of Republic Day parades.
There was also a fly-past of military aircraft, including British Hunters and Gnats, and Soviet MIG-21s. Earlier, much of the Indian Forces' latest weaponry had been on show.; The climax.....a fly-past by British-made Hunters.