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Old Jan 26th 2018, 5:20 am
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Great celebrations.
Amazing 'floats'--and horses and so much else!

Ten chief guests this year!

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62626878.cms
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Old Jan 26th 2018, 9:58 am
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Great celebrations.
Amazing 'floats'--and horses and so much else!

Ten chief guests this year!

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62626878.cms
Wot! No Theresa May, or Boris or David or even Liam?
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Wot! No Theresa May, or Boris or David or even Liam?
The last British chief guest was John Major. (It is a Head of State or PM).
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The last British chief guest was John Major. (It is a Head of State or PM).
Well that doesn't help much now!
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Well that doesn't help much now!
I don't think 'helping' other countries is the idea.

(Hope perhaps a word to Aung San Suu Kyi might do something (if she has any real power?))
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I don't think 'helping' other countries is the idea.
Poor old UK needs all the help it can get!

(Hope perhaps a word to Aung San Suu Kyi might do something (if she has any real power?))
Don't hold your breath...
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The last five chief guests at the Republic Day were all quite substantial and related to Indian foreign priorities:
2014: Shinzo Abe
2015: Barack Obama
2016: Francois Hollande
2017: Crown Prince Al Nahyan of UAE
2018: Ten ASEAN heads of state

UK doesn't seem to register on the radar anymore. Three French heads of state have been invited since Major - Chirac, Sarkozy and Hollande. Putin was the chief guest a few years back, and various regional powers (South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran) have had invitations recently.

UK still has 5 invitations, the most of any country, along with France. But the first four were in the 1950s and 1960s, and there's only Major in the early 1990s since then. On the other hand, it seems no German head of state has ever been the chief guest.
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