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    India celebrated its 27th anniversary of becoming a Republic on Monday (26 January) -- the first time it has done so under a state of "internal emergency".

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    India celebrated its 27th anniversary of becoming a Republic on Monday (26 January) -- the first time it has done so under a state of "internal emergency".

    The celebrations were highlighted by a massive parade in the capital New Delhi, involving thousands of armed forces and civilians.

    President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed took the salute in the presence of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who had celebrated 10 years in office on the previous day. Posters carrying her portrait have appeared throughout the city.

    Ranks of sailors and soldiers paraded past the President's dais, and in front of French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, who was on a four-day official visit to India. There was also an Air Force fly-past and floats depicting the government's economic policies.

    One float had dancers and singers from Sikkim, the new 22nd state of India. Sikkim, the former Himalayan mountain kingdom which is of strategic importance to India, lies on the border with Chinese-ruled Tibet, and was absorbed by India early last year after internal troubles there.

    Among people honoured by the President on Monday was the former ruling Congress Party leader, Kumaraswamy Kamraj, who went into opposition when the party split in 1969. He died last year and was posthumously awarded the country's highest honour, the Bharat Ratna (Gem of India).

    Hundreds of school children danced in the parade as India showed off some of her military strength. Jets of the Indian Air Force zoomed overhead while below ground to air guided missiles and tanks wee paraded, together with thousands of troops from all three armed forces. Among them were the Punjab Regiment, one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA70D0O75BEXGC5FX3VIZNLREQN
    Media URN:
    VLVA70D0O75BEXGC5FX3VIZNLREQN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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