In India thousands turned out into the streets of New Delhi on Friday (26 January) to watch a parade marking the country's thirtieth Republic Day.
GTV Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, greeted by Indian Prime Minister, Morarji Desai
GV mounted cavalry awaiting
TV President Sanjiva Reddy leaves coach and is greeted by Desai and officials
GV Guard of Honour
GV mounted cavalry parade through streets to beat of drums
GV tanks parade through streets, dipping their guns in salute (TWO SHOTS)
SV PAN field gun moves through street
SV Guided missiles
GV warplanes fly overhead
GV infantry troops march through streets
SV security force Camel Corps parades through street
SV decorated elephants walk down street (TWO SHOTS)
SV Children dressed as cricketers pass by
SV ZOOM OUT TO Indian folk dancers performing in street
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Background: In India thousands turned out into the streets of New Delhi on Friday (26 January) to watch a parade marking the country's thirtieth Republic Day.
SYNOPSIS: Among those watching were Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, seen here being greeted by Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai. India's President Sanjiva Reddy also attended the parade, which included full military honours and a display of armaments as well as more traditional festivities.
The army figured prominently in the proceedings -- demonstrating their skills with both ancient and more modern means of transport.
Since 1962 the Indian Army has been periodically occupied with border disturbances in the northern areas of the country, close to Pakistan and China. But recently diplomatic activity has been aimed at improving relations with China and next month Indian External Affairs Minister.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is scheduled to visit Peking.
Some of India's most sophisticated weaponry was on display on Friday, but the theme of Mr Fraser's comments on his talks with Indian leaders during his visit centred on the effects of India's efforts to improve future peace and stability in Asia. He told a joint session of the Indian Parliament that their "good neighbour policy has led to greater self-confidence and an easing of tension and uncertainty."
During the Republic Day parade a cultural pageant was headed by traditionally decorated elephants. Various states of the Union presented tableaux and a group of school children performed a new drill in honour of a pastime inherited from the days of British rule - cricket. Of course no representation of Indian life would have been complete without dancers.