India celebrates 26th January as its Republic Day. On that day, in 1950 the Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India, with a democratic form of government. Today, India is the largest democracy in the world.
Every year, on 26th January, a grand parade is held in the national capital, New Delhi to celebrate the occasion.
A similar parade, though on a much lower scale is also held in different state capitals of the country, including Kolkata (Calcutta), which is the Capital of West Bengal.Preparations for the parade start weeks ahead, culminating on the D-Day. I have never been able to get hold of a pass to see the parade on 26th January, but I was walking around the Maidan area one early foggy morning in January, photographing the morning walkers, when I saw that the parade preparations were in full swing. It was like a carnival at that early morning, with all the soldiers and policemen and school-children, practicing their steps and waiting for their group’s turn to march.
For me this was a perfect setting, because, unlike on the 26th when all roads would have been closed not just for vehicles but also people walking, on this Saturday morning, I was actually able to walk alongside the participants while they practiced the march past.
Here are some of those moments captured.
Hope you enjoyed this, rehearsal of the Indian Republic Day.