India Shows It Defence & Cultural Might On R-Day

India’s military might was on display at Rajpath on Sunday as the country celebrated its 71st Republic Day with pomp and show.

The parade that saw many firsts, including made in India ‘Dhanush’ gun system, commanded by Captain Mrigank Bharadwaj.

The 155mm/45 Caliber Dhanush gun system is a towed Howitzer designed indigenously by the Ordnance Factory Board. The gun with a maximum range of 36.5 km has the capability of automatic gun alignment and positioning.

Also in another first, Jammu and Kashmir took part in the Republic Day parade as a Union Territory, since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.

Breaking from tradition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the fallen soldiers at the newly built National War Memorial in New Delhi for the first time instead of the Amar Jawan Jyoti beneath the India Gate arch.

Captain Tanya Shergill, a fourth generation lady officer with the Army’s Corps of Signals, who became the second woman parade adjutant for the Republic Day parade, led an all-men contingent at the march past in Rajpath.

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