Republic Day parade in the 1950s

An image from the past.

Courtesy — Beyond belief: India and the politics of postcolonial nationalism By Srirupa Roy


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5 Responses to Republic Day parade in the 1950s

  1. barra din January 26, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Thanks for the beaut photo of the US Mack Truck, WW II model (?) Was in use 1971 also, remember it had light steering. Even MMS would find it it as easy to drive as the Maruti he currently owns. Sixties we still had mil. Chevys on the Levy, Fords. Dodge Power Wagons were last yank tpt in Fauj.

    [1] Trust the Brits to be ‘fair’ in honouring war dead. Although the CWGC listed Brit officers (includes Indians) for the Delhi War Memorial (= ‘India Gate’) separately, the names of all are engraved together by Regiment .
    (Does the military have separate cremation grounds for brass, non brass nowadays, caste is back ?)

    [2] Other trivia – (a) The Bullock Corps men killed in action are named on the RHS arch IG, id their kin ? (b) The reversed rifle’s ‘owner’ is traceable. See Gen JFR Jacob’s book. I asked him if we should trace this soldier – he said ‘NO’. Hope rro wasn’t a Bangladeshi. (c) Unusual to see ESM in uniform in the parade today (d) If you can get invited, the best hot tea in Delhi is brewed inside India Gate (e) Two of the three service Chiefs shown on TV today were chewing elaichi or angrily grinding jaws ? Way to go (f) The parade today seems to be very well attended; last saw it when Chacha Nehru was cheered by the crowd which also clapped enthusiastically when an unfortunate elephant that day did its thing on Rajpath. Cheers.

  2. Gosh January 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    The 1950′s parade had better marching stds. The bizarre style adopted by a paramilitary contingent (pl. see 26/1/10 TOI website photo 7 of 18) is a cross between The Folies Bergere hi kick & a Nazi Goose Step. Bring back QE II pl.

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