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In pictures: India's Republic Day

India's Republic Day parade in Delhi

India has been celebrating its 60th Republic Day with the traditional grand military parade in the capital, Delhi.

India's Republic Day parade in Delhi

The parade took place amid tight security following the attacks on Mumbai in November.

India's Republic Day parade in Delhi

National Cadet Core members march in the parade, which took place without PM Manmohan Singh who is recovering from heart surgery.

India's Republic Day parade in Delhi

Indian commandoes mingle amid the floats. The commandoes were included to honour them for their role in tackling militants in Mumbai.

India's Republic Day parade in Delhi

The parade is traditionally a means of exhibiting India's military hardware.

India's Republic Day parade in Delhi

India gained independence in 1947 and became a sovereign democracy with a written constitution on 26 January 1950.

India's Republic Day parade in Delhi

Thousands of people attended and heard an address by President Pratibha Patil.

India's Republic Day parade in Delhi

About 20,000 troops were deployed as security for the parade and the centre of Delhi came to a virtual standstill.



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