Ten rare unseen photos of India’s First Republic day parade

Here are 10 Rare pics of India’s First Republic Day Parade held at Irwin Amphitheatre (now Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium) in Delhi on 26 January 1950.


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    Dr Rajendra Prasad, India’s first President, taking the salute.

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    Dr. Rajendra Prasad in a carriage on the way to Irwin Stadium for first-ever Republic Day celebrations.

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    Military contingents marching at Irwin Amphitheatre. In the background, you can clearly see the walls of Purana Qila.

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    Spectators waiting by the side of Kingsway Road (now Rajpath) to cheer on the president.

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    Indonesian President Sukarno as the first chief guest at the Republic Day parade. Sukarno along with his wife can be seen next to India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

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