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#1 Jan 26th, 2018, 11:28
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Just watching the republic day live on TV, I thought I'd ask - what's your favorite part of the parade? Mine is usually the horticulture department tableau (jhanki) - so many flowers
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One year I was in Kolkata watching it on TV and I loved the BSP group from Rajasthan, all on camels. I thought it was magnificent because the camels were walking so slowly and rhythmically. I thought it was very cool.
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Sama, that one is from BSF (Border Security Force).
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A few images from yesterday's parade can be seen at http://www.firstpost.com/india/repub...h-4320193.html
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Camels also..
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Watched the parade live on DD channel on YouTube after many years. I quite enjoyed the dances by the school children.
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State of the Parade


The new state emblem of India placed high above the guests at Irwin stadium for the first Republic Day in 1950.

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The first mention of Republic Day in the Times of India (ToI) deals with state symbolism. On December 21, 1949, ToI wrote that authorities had been ordered "to replace the Crown on government buildings, on badges worn by government sepoys and on seals by Ashoka Lions by January 26 on which day India attains the status of a Republic".

It was a sweeping change and one that went up, literally, to the highest level. On January 22, ToI reported from Delhi that three young Bombay artiists, “Messrs Kulkarni, Sanyal and Kaushik are at present busy making a plaster model of the four lion Ashoka capital which will replace the bronze Crown on the dome of the Constituent Assembly on January 26.” Eventually a bronze version was installed, but for India’s first Republic Day, the plaster model sufficed.

1955, Republic Day banquet in honour of Pakistan's governor general Ghulam Mohammad.

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Such focus on state symbolism was appropriate since Republic Day has always been about celebrating the Indian state. This might not seem so clear if India didn’t have two national days, one to mark the independence for the country and the other for the establishment of the state. Most countries have just one national day and the difference between country and state is less evident.

The state, in the sense of all formally elected or appointed authorities, generally prefers this distinction to be ignored. In nearly all countries, the state tends to see itself as equivalent to the country. And since a functioning state is vital for a country to flourish — as can be seen from countries like Yemen or Syria where the state has broken down — it makes sense to celebrate, as India does on January 26, the establishment of the Constitution which gives the state its powers.
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Nice video on the NHK and yes although the motorcycle gymnastics are great the Camels won it. Even the spouse was won over and she had been to the parade once in a front row seat..
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The last time I watched the parade from the stands at Rajpath was in 1968 when Tito and Kosygin were the guests of honour. I found this video on the net:


At 00:32 you see Josip Broz and Zakir Husain alight from the viceregal coach.´

And in Aarosh's post isn't that U Nu sitting on the right hand side of Padmaja Naidu with Ghulam Mohammad and C. Rajagopalachari to her left?

And the 1950 picture has Soekarno (that's how his name was spelt till 1952). Sardar Patel is also in the picture.
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It does seem so.
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I was at this one too:



It's titled "Republican Day"!
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The Parade looks spectacular but I always wondered, why do they do silly and crazy circus acrobatics on two-wheelers? It looks dangerous and requires lots of practice which also involves several falls and broken bones. ... ...
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Republic day

It is celebrating custom on the street!

Seriously... India is not the only country to do that stuff. Maybe they inherited it from the Brits. Didn't I hear that the British team had been disbanded? Cost-cutting
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Talking

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Originally Posted by RWeHavingFunYet View Post It looks dangerous and requires lots of practice which also involves several falls and broken bones.
that's why there's the saying "don't try this at home." the ones who don't fall and break bones are the ones who perform. the weaker ones are culled.

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