India shows off Military Strength on 66th Republic Day

New Delhi, Jan 26: India is celebrating its 66th Republic Day today with World's most powerful person US President Barack Obama and US first lady Michelle Obama who attended as the chief guest on this auspicious occasion. They witnessed India's military strength and its cultural diversity which were displayed at the parade at Rajpath.

Obama is the first US President who was the chief guest at the parade. The couple was given a warm welcome by the Indians yesterday after they arrived at Palam Airport in New Delhi.

The parade began with cloudy weather and shower what we can call as the holy on the occasion. After paying homage to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the parade ground. This is his first Republic Day after assuming the office.

President Pranab Mukherjee reached the ground followed by US President Obama and his wife. The Republic Day celebration began following the National anthem played.

As part of custom on this auspicious day, Preisdent Mukherjee awarded prestigious military awards to the brave soldier, who sacrificed their lives for the Nation. This time, the Ashok Chakra (posthumously) was conferred to Major Mukund Varadarajan of 44th Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles. His wife received the award from Mukherjee in the presence of PM Modi and Obama couple.

President also awarded Ashok Chakra (posthumously) to Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh of 57th Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles.

The Indian army, the various departments of defence and forces displayed their parade saluting the President of India, the Chief Guest, PM Modi and all the delegates present on the occasion.

Later, various Tableaus of different states were also displayed at the ceremonial parade. This showed the nation's unity in cultural diversity. President Obama seems to be impressed by the democratic process of India and also its culture.

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