Watch live: India displays military might, cultural diversity at 69th Republic Day parade

The Head of States of ASEAN countries get to watch the spectacular Republic Day parade. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 26, 2018, 05.20 AM (IST)

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: 

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And Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to them on the eve of Republic Day asking them to "defend the Constitution". 

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Delhi meanwhile has been turned into a veritable fortress, with thousands of security personnel stationed around the city, and sharpshooters, and anti-aircraft guns deployed at the event.