India celebrated its 60th Republic Day with an unprecedented security cover. An impressive and colourful parade marched down the Rajpath as President Pratibha Patil took the salute from marching contingents. Armed forces in battle attire saluted the President. There was also a show of air power.
The march-past was watched by the Republic Day chief guest Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Defence Minister A K Antony and the country’s top political and military brass, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, besides a large enthusiastic crowd that had gathered on either sides of the Rajpath.
As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is recuperating from his bypass surgery in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Antony performed all the customary duties of the Prime Minister during the Republic Day celebration.