India marked the 72nd Republic Day with great fervour. At Rajpath in New Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind unfurled the National Flag. PM Narendra Modi paid homage to the martyrs at the Rashtriya Samar Smarak for their former sacrifice.
The parade witnessed contingents of the Army, Navy, Air Force and other forces. This year, for the first time, a matching contingent from Bangladesh also took part. Different tableaux showcased India's diverse and vibrant culture as well as the rapid strides the country has been making in several sectors. There were tableaux on the theme of going vocal for local and Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Another special tableau showcased Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's 125th Jayanti celebrations.
PM’s Departure Statement ahead of his visit to USA
September 22, 2021
I will be visiting USA from 22-25 September, 2021 at the invitation of His Excellency President Joe Biden of the United States of America
During my visit, I will review the India-U.S. Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with President Biden and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. I am also looking forward to meeting Vice President Kamala Harris to explore opportunities for cooperation between our two nations particularly in the area of science and technology.
I will participate in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit along with President Biden, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. The Summit provides an opportunity to take stock of the outcomes of our Virtual Summit in March this year and identify priorities for future engagements based on our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region.
I will also meet Prime Minister Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Suga of Japan to take stock of the strong bilateral relations with their respective countries and continue our useful exchanges on regional and global issues.
I will conclude my visit with an Address at the United Nations General Assembly focusing on the pressing global challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change and other important issues.
My visit to the US would be an occasion to strengthen the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with USA, consolidate relations with our strategic partners – Japan and Australia - and to take forward our collaboration on important global issues.