WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 26, 2018, 05.20 AM
India took out its 69th Republic Day parade on Friday. Ten heads of state, of all the ASEAN countries, are the chief guests this year.
The 10 heads of state are watching the parade -- which showcases both India's military might and its cultural diversity -- from a 100-foot-wide stage enclosed by bulletproof glass. The presence of the 10 heads of state is meant to symbolise India's progression from its Look East policy to "acting east".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Indian people in the morning:
सभी देशवासियों को गणतंत्र दिवस की बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। Greetings on #RepublicDay. Jai Hind!