For the Republic

Our photographer captures scenes from the many rehearsals for this year’s Republic Day parade.

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Arun Kumar | January 18, 2019 | Delhi


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Image courtesy: Arun Kumar
Image courtesy: Arun Kumar

Whether we need Republic Day parades or not is debatable. But there is splendour in the spectacle. Olives, khakis, fatigues, crease and polish, brocade and shining metal, guns greased and oiled to parade perfection, orders piercing the cold Delhi morning – they come together on January 26 every year to the thrupp-thrupp of leather boots striking asphalt, the march of a democratic people who define themselves as aspirants to high human ideals.

 
For the contingents from the armed forces and security agencies, it is an occasion to project their pride in their duty to the republic. And for people, an occasion to see and cheer the sentinels of their freedom. Our photographer captures scenes from the many rehearsals for this year’s Republic Day parade.















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