Each Year India celebrates its Republic day with great pomp and show. The Republic Day parade is something which everyone looks forward to. The Republic day parade is all about India. The parade showcases every aspect of India. Various states have their exhibitions. The exhibitions portray the culture of the states.
One of the most awaited events of the Republic Day parade is the armed forces parade. You cannot help but feel a swell of pride in your chest when you see the tanks roll by or the jets do a low-fly by. It is a moment when every Indian is proud to be an Indian.
This year however, things will be a bit different than the previous years. There are certain aspects of the parade which will happen for the first time.
Here is how this year’s Republic Day parade will be different than the previous ones.
French Troops to take part in the parade – This will be the first time since independence that foreign troops will march down the Rajpath for the Republic Day parade. The French contingent comprises of 56 personnel from of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Armoured Brigade. The soldiers were taking part in the Joint Indo-French exercise called ‘Shakti 2016’. The regiment was raised way back in 1604 in Lorraine, France.
No BSF Camels – This will be first time in the history of the Republic Day parade there will be no BSF Camels marching on the Rajpath. The audience won’t be seeing the majestic and elegantly dressed camels and their riders. The BSF contingent comprises of two teams; the first team comprises of the smartly dressed BSF jawans with weapons riding camels. The second team comprises of bandsmen dressed in multi-coloured dresses on the back of camels, playing martial music.
Dog Squad – Be it sniffing out explosive devices or tracking terrorists, dogs of the Indian armed forces are among the best in the world. It will be the first time in 26 years that the canine division of the armed forces will be walking on the Rajpath. Many will be eagerly waiting for the Republic Day parade to watch these canines march on Rajpath. The dogs are trained to detect explosives, narcotics, mines, track, smells, guard and assault.