The whole country is busy in the celebrations of India's 69th Republic Day today. The crowd, like every year, gathered at Rajpath, for the real celebration with the distinguished guests invited from ASEAN nation's head, PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind and the event began after the unfurling of the national flag.
During the parade, there were family members of martyrs who were also delighted to see the show. As soon as the Republic Day parade began at the Rajpath, all the people became enthralled and started enjoying the diversified culture and tradition of a country that was showcased this year in the presence of the 10 ASEAN nations, who were invited as special chief guests for the Republic Day parade.
Every year the parade has in-store something unique for the nation to witness. As many as 23 tableaux, including those representing various states, ministries, the All India Radio (AIR) among others, also rolled down the Rajpath. The ASEAN was founded in 1967 and comprises of 10 nations i.e. Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.
Our nation had invited many distinguish chief guest from various countries every year. Do you remember the previous guests that India had hosted? If not, then today we will take you back to the decade from 2018 to 2008 and will remind you the names of our previous chief guests on the occasion of Republic Day.
Let's have a quick look:
1. Nicolas Sarkozy:
France President Nicolas Sarkozy was invited as chief guest in 2008 for the 59th Republic Day Parade.
2. Nursultan Nazarbayev:
Kazakhstan's President visited India in 2009 for the celebration of India's 60th Republic Day Parade.
3. Lee Myung Bak:
South Korea's President Lee Myung Bak was invited for India's 61st Republic Day Parade in 2010.
4. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
In 2011, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was arrived India for Parade when India marked its 62nd Republic Day.
5. Yingluck Shinawatra
Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra was on a tour to India in 2012. She visited India on its 63rd Republic Day.
6. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
This Bhutan's King was invited in the year of 2013. He visited India during the 64th Republic Day.
7. Shinzo Abe
Japan PM Shinzo Abe was visited India in 2014 during the celebration of 65th Republic Day as a Chief Guest.
8. Barack Obama
Barack Obama was the first African American Pesident, who arrived India in the year of 2015. He was the Chief Guest when India marked its 66th Republic Day.
9. Francois Hollande
France's President Francois Hollande visited India in 2016, during the 67th Republic Day of India.
10. Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited India in 2017 on the occasion of 68th Republic Day.