New Delhi: Thousands of people have converged on a ceremonial boulevard to watch a display of the country's military power and cultural diversity amid tight security during national day celebrations.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was the chief guest on Saturday at the Republic Day parade. India had first invited President Donald Trump but US officials declined, citing a scheduling issue.

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Schoolchildren, folk dancers, and police and military battalions marched through the capital's parade route on a cold morning, followed by the military hardware display. Schoolchildren, folk dancers, and police and military battalions marched through the capital's parade route on a cold morning, followed by a military hardware display that included M777 Howitzer artillery guns, T-90 main battle tanks, locally made nuclear-capable missile systems and infantry combat vehicles.

The spectacle ended with Indian air force aircraft whizzing past the saluting base.

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The theme of the parade was the 150th birthday of Mohandas Gandhi.

Four Indian National Army veterans, aged over 90 years, also took part in the parade, seated on a tableau.