Republic Day parade ends with Rafale fighter jets carrying out 'Vertical Charlie'
India celebrated its 72nd Day of the Republic, the day in 1950 that its Constitution came into effect. The 72nd Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in the national capital on Tuesday witnessed a shortened program due to the coronavirus pandemic, no international visitors, a reduced list of events, fewer attendees, no children under the age of 15. During the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath, India's military strength, cultural diversity, social and economic development were on show. 17 tableaus from different states and nine tableaus from different ministries/departments of the central government and paramilitary forces and six from the Ministry of Defence were also on display during the annual parade, in addition to the armed forces tableaus.
With the national capital experiencing two major events on Tuesday- Republic Day celebrations and a farmers' tractor parade—the city has been put under heavy security cover by deploying thousands of security personnel to central Delhi and several border crossing points. Around 6,000 security forces have been mobilised to sustain the vigil, an official said. Facial recognition systems have also been set up for suspect identification at vantage points, the official said.