India celebrates its 69th Republic Day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASEAN guests of Honour at the ceremonial parade being gather at Rajpath in New Delhi.
The parade is presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Republic Day Celebrations in India Nearly 60,000 security personnel call from the Delhi Police and central security forces deploy in Central Delhi.
There is a thick security blanket to ensure peaceful celebrations in Indian national capital.
Special teams, anti-aircraft guns and snipers are in action every seconds to keep a vigil on the eight-km parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort.
Hundreds of CCTV cameras as well as drones are watching people’s movements along the parade route.
The Republic Day parade began at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. Where PM Modi paid homage to the soldiers who died in the line of duty.
The National Anthem play with a 21-gun salute after the unfurling of the tricolour. India’s military might is on full display during the annual celebrations.
In 2018 Head of 10 Countries are invited by Mr. Narendera Modi, Below is the list :
List of Chief Guests on India’s Republic Day 2018:
#Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah from Brunei.
#Prime Minister Hun Sen from Cambodia (2nd invitation).
#President Joko Widodo from Indonesia (3rd invitation).
#Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith from Laos.
#Prime Minister Najib Razak from Malaysia.
#State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar.
#President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from Philippines.
#Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong from Singapore (2nd invitation).
#Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister from Thailand (2nd invitation).
#Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc from Vietnam (2nd invitation).
List of the Republic Day parade chief guest since 2010 to 2018:
|2010||President Lee Myung Bak||South Korea|
|2011||President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono||Indonesia||2nd invitation|
|2012||Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra||Thailand|
|2013||King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck||Bhutan||4th invitation|
|2014||Prime Minister Shinzo Abe||Japan||2nd invitation|
|2015||President Barack Obama||United States|
|2016||President François Hollande||France||5th invitation|
|2017||Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan||United Arab Emirates|
|2018||Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah||Brunei||Ten guests (Heads of ASEAN states)|
|Prime Minister Hun Sen||Cambodia||2nd invitation|
|President Joko Widodo||Indonesia||3rd invitation|
|Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith||Laos|
|Prime Minister Najib Razak||Malaysia|
|State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi||Myanmar|
|President Rodrigo Roa Duterte||Philippines|
|Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong||Singapore||2nd invitation|
|Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha||Thailand||2nd invitation|
|Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc||Vietnam||2nd invitation|
#President Ram Nath Kovind awards Ashok Chakra to the martyar’s wife
#The National Anthem is played with a 21 gun salute after the tricolour open.
#President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at Rajpath, welcomed by Mr. Narendera Modi