Sunday marks India’s 65th Republic Day and Google is celebrating it with a doodle on the Google.co.in homepage. The tricolour Republic Day doodle is a tribute to the Border Security Force’s Janbaz daredevil motorcyclists, a regular feature at the annual Republic Day parade held in New Delhi.
The parade to mark the 65th Republic Day on Sunday depicted the recently acquired defence platforms, India’s military prowess, the country’s rich and unique cultural diversities and the nation’s achievements in diverse fields, coming together in one visually stunning spectacle at the historic Rajpath where the parade is held every year.
Amongst the highlights of the Republic Day parade this year was Janbaz, the motorcycle display by the Border Security Force. The Janbaz team consists of 162 riders on 30 motorcycles performing Border Men Salute, Side Riding, Ladder Double, Neck Riding, Harmony, Exercise, Janbaz, Yoga, Parallel Bar, Human Pyramid, Guldasta, Seema Prahari and Flag March formations.
Other attractions at this year’s Republic Day Parade included India’s first indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas. Tejas is a 4+ generation, supersonic, highly manoeuvrable, multi-role, smallest and lightest in its class contemporary combat aircraft designed for the Indian Air Force designed and developed by DRDO.
The weaponry put on display by the Indian Army included tank T-90 Bheeshma, ICV BMP-2 (Sarath), TK-T-72 Full Width Mine Plough, PMS Bridging System, OSA-AK Weapon System, Smerch – Multi-launcher Rocket System, BrahMos Weapon System and Transportable Satellite Terminals (TST). The Army’s Mechanised Columns concluded with a flypast by the Advanced Light Helicopters Dhruv of the Army Aviation Corps.
The Indian Air Force participated in the Republic Day parade with its tableau with the theme ‘Transformation of Indian Air Force.’ The Indian Navy’s tableau depicted a scaled down model of a submarine, one of the most potent and deadly military platforms in the arsenal of the Navy.
Tableaux from 18 States and Central Ministries and Departments presented the varied historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the country as part of the annual Republic Day parade.