India celebrated its 67th anniversary of becoming a republic with celebrations across the country on Tuesday, including a military and cultural parade through the capital.
French President Francois Hollande was the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, with maximum security measures employed to thwart any threats.
The French leader joined President Pranab Mukherjee and Premier Narendra Modi as the military parade marched through a central avenue near the Presidential Palace.
India celebrates the day its constitution was adopted – January 26, 1950 – as Republic Day.
French soldiers also took part in the parade. It is thought to be the first time a foreign army contingent has participated in India’s celebrations.
The parade included marching troops, military bands, tanks, and other hardware.
Colourful floats from various Indian states, traditional dances, and gymnastics by children were also part of the event.