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In pictures: Anti-CAA protests gather fresh momentum as India marks Republic Day

Published 26 Jan, 2020 11:23pm

Thousands of Indians converged on a ceremonial boulevard in the capital amid tight security to celebrate the Republic Day on Sunday, which marks the 1950 anniversary of the country's democratic constitution.

The pomp and pageantry came, however, as hundreds of thousands of people protested across the country against a citizenship law that many fear is discriminatory against the minority Muslim community.

Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest of the annual Republic Day parade, aimed at showcasing India's military hardware and cultural diversity.

But like numerous parts of India, protesters also gathered in New Delhi, including in the area of Shaheen Bagh, where hundreds of residents have blocked a major highway since December in protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Citizens Register (NRC).

Tableaus from Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh states are displayed during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, January 26. — Reuters
Tableaus from Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh states are displayed during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, January 26. — Reuters

Demonstrators gesture during a protest against a new citizenship law on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, January 26. — Reuters
Demonstrators gesture during a protest against a new citizenship law on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, January 26. — Reuters

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to attend India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. — Reuters
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to attend India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. — Reuters

Indian Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. — Reuters
Indian Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. — Reuters

Demonstrators form a human chain after Republic Day celebrations to protest against a new citizenship law in Kolkata, India. — Reuters
Demonstrators form a human chain after Republic Day celebrations to protest against a new citizenship law in Kolkata, India. — Reuters

Artists perform during a ceremony to celebrate India's Republic Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post. — AFP
Artists perform during a ceremony to celebrate India's Republic Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post. — AFP

Indian Air Force's 'Jaguar' fighter jets flyover Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26. — AFP
Indian Air Force's 'Jaguar' fighter jets flyover Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26. — AFP

An Indian Muslim woman waves Indian flag during a protest against a new citizenship law in Mumbra outskirts of Mumbai, India, Sunday. — AP
An Indian Muslim woman waves Indian flag during a protest against a new citizenship law in Mumbra outskirts of Mumbai, India, Sunday. — AP

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd after attending Republic Day parade in New Delhi. — Reuters
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd after attending Republic Day parade in New Delhi. — Reuters

People line up along a road to form a 620km human chain across the southern state of Kerala organised by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to protest against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Act in Kochi. — AFP
People line up along a road to form a 620km human chain across the southern state of Kerala organised by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to protest against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Act in Kochi. — AFP

Members of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) march during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. — Reuters
Members of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) march during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. — Reuters

Members of Central Reserve Police Force perform during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, January, 26. — Reuters
Members of Central Reserve Police Force perform during India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, January, 26. — Reuters

Demonstrators form a human chain after Republic Day celebrations to protest against a new citizenship law in Kolkata, India. — Reuters
Demonstrators form a human chain after Republic Day celebrations to protest against a new citizenship law in Kolkata, India. — Reuters