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Last Updated: Monday, 26 January, 2004, 13:06 GMT
In Pictures: India marks Republic Day
Mounted soldiers check each other's livery in the run-up to the Republic Day parade
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Months of preparation and exhaustive dress rehearsals preceded India's annual Republic Day celebrations on 26 January.
Brahmos cruise missiles - built jointly by India and Russia - with camels used by the Border Security Force
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Camels went head-to-head with cruise missiles as India prepared to parade its military might in Delhi.
Sniffer dogs and bomb-experts inspect a jeep in Jammu
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A ceremonial jeep is checked for explosives in Jammu and Kashmir state, amid fears that separatist militants could attack displays.
Indigenous dancers from Andhra Pradesh state perform as Assamese women look on, smiling.
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Folk groups from all over the country performed at the parade in Delhi - here, women from north-eastern Assam state watch tribal dancers from southern India.
Russian-built tanks at the parade
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Tanks turned their barrels to salute the president, as India's war machines rolled past an audience of locals and Indian and foreign dignitaries.
Soldiers march down Rajpath in Delhi's colonial centre, designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens
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Thousands watched the tightly-rehearsed ceremony draw to a close along the broad, leafy boulevards of central Delhi.






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