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January 26, 2011
India's Republic Day 2011
Republic Day commemorates India's adoption of a democratic constitution 61 years ago. India gained freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. In New Delhi, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was the chief guest at a parade by thousands of Indian soldiers displaying the country's growing military might. The parade also showcased the country's cultural heritage with thousands of young people dancing in the streets. Security was especially tight in New Delhi where large sections of the capital were sealed off for the annual parade of military hardware. Several groups in India's restive northeast and in Indian-controlled Kashmir called general strikes to mark the day, but parades by security forces in both places were held without incident. (37 images)

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Indian police march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. India celebrated its 62nd Republic Day under heavy security, with tensions running high in Kashmir over efforts by Hindu nationalists to hold a rally in the troubled region's state capital. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveendran


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Mi-17 helicopters shower flower petals over the crowd before the start of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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Indian paramilitary soldiers march in the Republic Day parade in the backdrop of the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian army soldiers of Sikh Light Infantry Regiment march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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An Indian navy contingent marches in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian schoolchildren perform a Rajasthan folk dance at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian school children perform a Punjabi folk dance Bhangra at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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A Delhi Police contingent marches in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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An Indian army contingent of the Punjab Regiment marches in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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A camel-mounted Border Security contingent marches past spectators at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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An Indian army contingent of the Punjab Regiment marches in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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An Indian navy contingent marches in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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An Indian army contingent of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment marches in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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An Indian paramilitary contingent marches in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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An Indian army soldier salutes beside a Pinaka multiple rocket launcher at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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An Indian army contingent marches during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Gurinder Osan



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An Indian paramilitary contingent marches during the Republic Day celebrations in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Aijaz Rahi



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Jammu And Kashmir Armed Police officers (JKAP) participate in a Republic Day parade held at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA



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A Jammu And Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP) servicemen participate in a Republic Day parade held at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Tauseef Mustafa



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A Kashmiri performer looks on during a Republic Day parade held at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Tauseef Mustafa



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Indian schoolchildren participate in a cultural dance program during a Republic Day parade in Bangalore on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Dibyangshu Sarkar



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Indian schoolchildren dressed as tigers wait to perform during a Republic Day parade in Bangalore on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Dibyangshu Sarkar



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A cutout depicting India in the colours of its national flag is seen during a Republic Day parade in Bangalore on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Dibyangshu Sarkar



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An Indian army's Assam regiment soldier commands his troop during the Republic Day parade in Calcutta, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Bikas Das



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An Indian serviceman salutes during a ceremonial parade at Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad, on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Noah Seelam



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Indian school children wave Indian national flags during a Republic Day parade in Bangalore on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Dibyangshu Sarkar



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A Jammu and Kashmir state policeman performs a motorcycle stunt during Republic Day celebrations in Jammu, India, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. AP / Channi Anand



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Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers perform motorcycle stunts during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveedran



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Indian schoolchildren perform during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveedran



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A float representing the Indian state of Bihar rolls past the reviewing stand during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveedran



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A float representing the Indian state of Kerala appears in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveedran



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Indian paramilitary soldiers march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveedran



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Indian paramilitary soldiers march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveedran



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Indian soldiers march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveedran



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Indian soldiers march down Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveedran



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