Most news dailies have highlighted the spectacular Republic Day parade with colourful photographs. "Perfect blend of might and cultural diversity", notes the Pioneer. Referring to the chief guest at the Republic Day parade, the King of Bhutan, The Times of India captions his photograph at the parade with the remark "King of happiness, spreads warmth in Delhi".
On a sombre note the Hindustan Times reports "On R-Day, Delhi sees rerun of rape protests, calls for action", while the Asian Age adds "Freedom Parade" to reclaim the Republic".
The Indian Express reports "In 3 weeks, Delhi's six fast track courts get 500 rape cases" and adds "Many more in queue wait for completion of probe, remand".
In a significant story, the Indian Express reports that Pakistani Lt. General Shahid Aziz, heading an ISI cell during the 1999 Kargil conflict, has admitted in a newspaper article that only regular troops of the Pakistan Army took part in the Kargil conflict with India in 1999 and not Mujahideen fighters as claimed by Islamabad. He also adds that the intrusion was an "Unsound military plan based on invalid assumption" and that there was a "cover up".
In a related Pakistan story, the Times of India reports "Bhuto-Zardaris' Indian friend helped break LoC ice" referring to the recent stand off between the two countries.
And finally, the Times of India reports that today one of India's most loved patriotic songs Ai mere watan ke logo - completes 50 years. Lata Mangeshkar had sung Kavi Pradeep's immortal classic this day in 1963 before Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, moving him to tears.