Photo (and Video) of the Day: Australia Day Showdown and India Republic Day Stunt

Indian Border Security Force soldiers perform a motorcycle stunt during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2012. (Raveendran /AFP/Getty Images)

India celebrated its 63rd Republic Day, under heavy security, with a large military parade that Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attended as chief guest. Meanwhile, Australia Day ended with a tense showdown between Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and some 200 Aboriginal rights protesters, who surrounded a restaurant where she was speaking in Canberra, Australia on January 26, 2012. In the video below, you see prime minister Gillard being escorted to a car by police and bodyguards.

You can also check out last year's photos of Australia Day and India's Republic Day.

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Shreeya Sinha is an award-winning Journalist, Multimedia Producer and Social Media Editor for Asia Society. She was raised in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India.