2018 Republic Day

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Sixty-nine years since the birth of its Constitution, the nation celebrates Republic Day on Friday with a grand parade at Rajpath. In a first, 10 Heads of State, of ASEAN countries, are chief guests at the parade. Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday greeted the nation this morning on the occasion. 

At Rajpath, India showcased its military might as well as its rich cultural heritage and traditions coupled with the latest initiatives and achievements. Several states, organisations and government departments also showcased their achievements through tableaux. 

On the eve of Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind called for a “civic-minded” society where one can disagree without “mocking” the other’s dignity, a social contract where neighbours respect each other’s “space, privacy and rights.” This was President Kovind’s first Republic Day address as President.