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Russia embassy staff dance to Bollywood song on India’s Republic Day; WATCH

President Vladimir Putin also praised India on the occasion of the national holiday.

Staff members of the Russian embassy in New Delhi dance on the occasion of India’s Republic Day on Friday, January 26, 2024. (Picture: Russian embassy X account/ @RusEmbIndia)

By: Shubham Ghosh

CELEBRATIONS on the occasion of India’s 75th Republic Day on Friday (26) featured a unique event as staff members of the Russian embassy in the nation’s capital conveyed their wishes through a dance dedicated to a hit song from Bollywood film ‘Gadar’.

A video on the event was shared through the embassy’s social media handles featuring children and professional dancers besides staff workers dancing while holding placards wishing the host nation on the Republic Day, a day when it became a republic 74 years ago.

“Happy Republic Day, India! From Russia with love,” the Russian embassy wrote on social media.

In his message, Russian ambassador to India Denis Alipov wrote, “Warmest congratulations on the #RepublicDay, India! Wishing our Indian friends prosperity, well-being and very bright #AmritKaal! Long live #Bharat! Long live Rusi-Bharatiya Dosti!”

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The 75th Republic Day, however, saw a leader from the West with which Russia is at loggerheads joining as the chief guest. French president Emmanuel Macron replaced US president Joe Biden who declined the invitation to grace the moment. He joined his Indian counterpart Droupadi Murmu and prime minister Narendra Modi at Kartavya Path (Road of Responsibility) in New Delhi to witness the grand parade held on the annual occasion.

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President Droupadi Murmu will lead Republic Day events from Kartavya path in the national capital. This year, French President Emmanuel Macron is the chief guest at the parade.

Russian president Vladimir Putin also praised Modi’s leadership on the eve of the Republic Day and credited India for pursuing an ‘independent’ foreign policy, Russia Today reported. He said this while speaking with university students in Russia’s Kaliningrad on Thursday (25), which was observed as Russian Student Day.

“India has one of the highest rates of economic development and growth in the world, and that too is due to the leadership qualities of incumbent Prime Minister. It was during his leadership that India reached such a pace,” Putin said during the interaction, as per the translation by Russia Today.

He also sent a congratulatory message to India for the Republic Day, saying, “India has made impressive progress in the socio-economic, scientific, technological and other fields, and enjoys well-deserved authority on the world stage”.

The US also wished India on the occasion of the Republic Day. US secretary of state Antony Blinken expressed hope to deepen the “vibrant people-to-people ties between our nations”.

In a statement, the diplomat said the past year has been marked by important milestones in “our Comprehensive Global and Strategic Partnership, including our cooperation throughout India’s successful G20 Presidency and at the G20 Leaders’ Summit”.

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