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India celebrates Republic Day, president warns on corruption

Published on Jan 26, 2014 6:11 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India marked its Republic Day on Sunday with a parade of military hardware in the capital, as the president warned the country's politicians against underestimating public anger over corruption.

Thousands of spectators turned out for the annual military and cultural parade along New Delhi's ceremonial Rajpath boulevard, along with political leaders and chief guest Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Security was tight in the capital with police and troops sealing off large parts of the city for the 65th Republic Day, which is a national holiday to mark the day the Indian constitution came into force.

On the eve of Republic Day, traditionally celebrated with shows of patriotic fervour, President Pranab Mukherjee warned politicians against corruption and false electoral promises ahead of general elections due by May.

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