In pics: Republic Day full dress rehearsal at Rajpath

Updated: Jan 25, 2019, 04:30 PM(IST)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest on the occasion of India's 70th Republic Day.

Bhavana Kasturi - first lady officer to lead all-male contingent ever during Republic Day parade.

Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi leads all-male Army Service Corps (ASC) contingent during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi.

Kasturi will be the first-ever lady officer to lead an all-male contingent in the Republic Day parade


‘Peace Within’ will be the theme of Arunachal Pradesh's tableau

‘Peace Within’ themed Arunachal Pradesh’s tableau shows a tribal Monpa placing flowers at Gandhi’s feet. It also shows the dancing Monpa tribe stressing on peace and cleanliness

Arunachal Pradesh tableau on display at Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the 70th Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi


Uttar Pradesh tableau to celebrate 50th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

The Uttar Pradesh tableau will have ‘commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’ as its theme, with Gandhi at the Kashi Vidyapith.


BSF camel contingent

The BSF camel contingent and camel-mounted band march during the full dress rehearsal.

The BSF camel contingent and a camel-mounted band that has been the glory of Republic Day parade for past 44 years will perform this year too.

Around 100 camels from Rajasthan have reached Delhi. The camels are made to practice for 40 minutes daily.


Second largest in the world

The Indian Army is the second largest in the world with 1.2 million troops after the Chinese PLA which reportedly has 1.6 million troops.


Gorkha Rifles regiment

The Gorkha units are some of the most decorated in the Army. They have played an important role in all the wars and have won Battle Honours in Uri sector in 1947-48, Ladakh in 1962, Jammu and Kashmir in 1965 and 1971.

They were also a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force(IPKF) in Sri Lanka.


Jammu and Kashmir's tableau

‘Gandhi’s ray of hope – our composite culture,’ is Jammu and Kashmir’s tableau theme this year.

The tableau showcases Gandhi along with his charkha and ethnic diversity of the Valley.


Indian Army's Sarath IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles)

An infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), also known as a mechanized infantry combat vehicle (MICV) is a type of armoured fighting vehicle used to carry infantry into battle and provide direct-fire support.

IFVs are designed to be more mobile than tanks and are equipped with a rapid-firing autocannon or a large conventional gun; they may include side ports for infantrymen to fire their personal weapons while on board.


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