India celebrates its 72nd Republic Day on Tuesday with a shortened programme at Rajpath in Delhi amid the coronavirus pandemic. The programme began at 9 am and will conclude after the traditional fly past 11.25 am. Apart from a reduced list of events, the parade will also have a shorter route, no chief guest, fewer spectators, no children under 15 in the annual parade, and fewer soldiers in the Army and Navy contingents. India’s military might, cultural diversity, social and economic progress will be on display during the 72nd Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath. Apart from tableaus of Armed forces, 17 tableaus from different states and nine tableaus from different ministries/departments of the central government and Paramilitary Forces and six from Ministry of Defence will also be on display during the annual parade. The Republic Day Parade ceremony commenced with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial.