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After 30 years, the national flag was hoisted atop the historic Clock tower in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk.
The 73rd Republic Day was celebrated across the nation with patriotic fervour. Parades, cultural programmes and other events were organised from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to mark the occasion. After 30 years, the national flag was hoisted atop the historic Clock tower in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk. The Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi showcased the military might and diversity. The Centurion tank, PT-76 tank, 75/24 Pack howitzer and OT-62 TOPAZ armoured personnel carrier, which played a major role in defeating Pakistan in the 1971 war, were displayed during the parade. A team of women daredevils from the Border Security Force (BSF) performed the gravity-defying motorcycle stunts on Rajpath. For the first time, 75 aircraft including Rafale fighter jets and helicopters took part in the grand flypast. However, the number of tableaux at this year’s parade had been reduced to 21.