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First Published: Tue, Jan 27 2009. 12 30 AM IST

Updated: Fri, Jan 30 2009. 06 20 PM IST
Every year, the Republic Day parade in New Delhi showcases our military side and includes marching contingents from across India. They take time off from their day jobs to twirl batons, sway with bagpipes and strut their stuff in ceremonial outfits. We spotted the reclusive Ladakh Scouts, enjoyed the horns (tubas, clarinets, saxophones, trombones and trumpets) of the Air Force Band and cheered the two-century-old Kumaon Regiment which has given us three army chiefs.
During the Republic Day parade rehearsal on 23 January. This regiment has a very distinctive march that is more trot than march. Like many others, these boys marched to old favourite Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja. Photo by Gurinder Osan / AP
All members of this elite force, that has guarded our borders since 1965, are reputed to be at least 6ft tall. Photo by Gurinder Osan / AP
3. The Assam Rifles
The ‘Sentinels of the North-East’ have scaled the peaks of Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Kamet and Gurdongmar. They are active in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Vijay Verma / PTI
4. The Delhi Police
The Delhi Police has participated in the parade ever since India became a republic in 1950. It has been judged the best marching contingent several times. This group marched to the Delhi Police song. Photo by Gurinder Osan / AP
The Garhwal Rifles, that operates in the five rugged districts of the Garhwal region, marched to the tune Vir Gorkha. Photo by Gurinder Osan / AP
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First Published: Tue, Jan 27 2009. 12 30 AM IST