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January 26, 2010
India's Republic Day
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Paramilitary soldiers and police set up road blocks and snipers took positions atop government buildings as hundreds of thousands of people turned out to celebrate India's national day Tuesday. India celebrates its Republic Day on Jan. 26 every year, but this year security measures were notched up following intelligence reports of a possible terrorist attack by Islamic militants. In downtown New Delhi, hundreds of thousands of people gathered to witness the parade -- a showcase of Indian military and cultural pomp -- under the eyes of police. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who is on a four-day official visit to India, was the main guest at the parade, which included marching bands and contingents of soldiers and schoolchildren and an aeronautic display by air force planes. (24 images)

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People look at illuminated buildings that house the country's main government offices, during Republic Day in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. India celebrates its Republic Day on Jan. 26 every year, but this year security measures were notched up following intelligence reports of a possible terrorist attack by Islamic militants. AP / Gurinder Osan


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An Indian policeman controls traffic as North Block is lit on the eve of the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on Jan. 25. AFP / Getty Images / Manpreet Romana



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Members of the Indian Border Security Forces mounted on camels, rehearse "Beating the Retreat" as part of preparations for Republic Day celebrations at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 21. AP



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Indian soldiers march during the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26. A blanket of fog obscured the start of India's 60th Republic Day celebrations, with the annual military parade in New Delhi held under heightened security due to fears of militant attacks. AFP / Getty Images / Pedro Ugarte



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Indian Army soldiers from the Punbaj Regiment march during the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26. AFP / Getty Images / Pedro Ugarte



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Indian soldiers in ceremonial dress march in the dense fog during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Indian soldiers march during the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26. AFP / Getty Images / Pedro Ugarte



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Indian paramilitary soldiers ride atop their camels during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian schoolchildren perform during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Schoolchildren perform during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian youth perform a Punjabi traditional folk dance, the Giddha during Republic Day celebrations at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar on Jan. 26. AFP / Getty Images / Narinder Nanu



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Indian youth perform a Punjabi traditional folk dance, the Bhangra during Republic Day celebrations at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar on Jan. 26. AFP / Getty Images / Narinder Nanu



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Indian schoolchildren wait to participate in a cultural program during the Indian Republic Day parade in Bangalore on Jan. 26. AFP / Getty Images / Dibyangshu Sarkar



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A folk dancer from Kerala state looks on near his state's tableau, at a preview ahead of the Republic Day, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 22. AP / Gurinder Osan



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An Indian spectator holds an Indian flag during Republic Day celebrations at the Parade grounds in Hyderabad on Jan. 26. AFP / Getty Images / Noah Seelam



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A float carrying a tableau from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is displayed during the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26. AFP / Getty Images / Raveendran



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A float carrying a tableau from Northestern state of Manipur is displayed during the Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26. AFP / Getty Images / Raveendran



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Former Indian sportsmen wave from a tableau depicting the 2010 Commonwealth Games, during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian soldiers dressed in colorful clothing perform on motorcycles during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Kevin Frayer



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A Jammu and Kashmir state police daredevil performs stunts during the Republic Day celebrations in Jammu, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Channi Anand



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Indian soldiers ride atop trucks with missile launchers during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Kevin Frayer



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The Indian Agni III missile is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Indian police frisk pedestrians near the Red Fort, unseen, at the route of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 26. AP / Mustafa Quraishi



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An Indian security officer keeps vigil at river Brahmaputra on the eve of Indian Republic Day, in Gauhati, India, Monday, Jan. 25. AP / Anupam Nath



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