New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: As India celebrates its 69th Republic Day, wishes poured in from all over the world. For Indians, the day is synonymous with the Republic Day parade that happens every year at India Gate in the capital.
In a first, the Republic Day parade this year will see the presence of 10 heads of state from ASEAN as chief guests.
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN – Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei – are being hosted by India this year.
The parade will see participation from the armed forces, tableaux of states celebrating the diversity of India, performances from students and the most-awaited, motorbike stunts by 113 women from the Border Security Force (BSF).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to wish the nation on its 69th Republic Day.
सभी देशवासियों को गणतंत्र दिवस की बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। Greetings on #RepublicDay. Jai Hind!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 26, 2018
Similarly, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also wished the people on this day through his official twitter handle.
Warm greetings on #RepublicDay. 26 January is one of the most important days for our Nation as on this date our Constitution was adopted. Today is thus the day to reaffirm our pledge to uphold the ideals enshrined in the Constitution & work unitedly for strong & prosperous India pic.twitter.com/4M4U3pC1ud
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) January 26, 2018