Indian Armed Forces contingent leaves for Paris to participate in France's National D

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  1. youngindian

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    New Delhi, July 8: A 270 personnel contingent of the Indian Armed Forces comprising marching columns and a combined military band from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force left here today for Paris to participate in the
    French National Day.

    Yesterday, the first batch comprising 130 personnel left for Paris.

    The 400 strong contingent, commanded by Air Commodore RK Mathur, will take part in the march past on the Bastille Day.

    Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be the Chief Guest at the French National Day Celebrations in Paris this year.

    The French National Day marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison on July 14, 1789.

    Indian Armed Forces contingent leaves for Paris to participate in France's National Day Parade
     
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    Indian troops fly to France for National Day parade

    Indian troops fly to France for National Day parade

    AFP: Indian troops fly to France for National Day parade
     
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    This is a matter of great honour for Indian Army, as its troops has been invited for Republic Day Parade of Republic of France. French President and all other host of French Army concern's must definetly facinated by Indian Army's troop parade on the event of India's republic day parade. Well I never heard anything like this before, but this is certainly a matter of pride for entire Indian Nation. This will certainly raise moral of Indian army and all its entities as they are now even showcasing their Parade prowess in prominent European countries as a mark of tribute to all those Indian soldiers who fought bravely and sacrifice their lives during World War-II.

    Our Media certainly need to telecast this Parade to showcase Indian Army's reach.
     
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    Maratha regiment leads Bastille Day parade

    Maratha regiment leads Bastille Day parade

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    PARIS: The mad rush to Bastille prison exactly 220 years ago heralded the French Revolution and a new age. Another era started Tuesday when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh became the first foreign head of government invited to watch the well—ordered march down Champs Elysees that marks France's national day.

    Minutes before soldiers of the Maratha Light Infantry led the marchers from the Arc de Triomphe to herald a new chapter in India—France relations, French President Nicholas Sarkozy greeted Manmohan Singh with open arms, their bonhomie evident.

    The two settled down next to each other to watch the start of the parade, an intricate cavalry manouvre set to music, and then a flypast of many planes from different eras made in France.

    Behind Sarkozy and Manmohan Singh sat their spouses next to each other — both Carla Bruni and Gursharan Kaur in white, Kaur with her trademark string of pearls around her throat.

    There was no mistaking the pride on Manmohan Singh's face as the contingents of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force moved past the saluting base, the Army led by Capt Vivek Khanduri, the Air Force by Sqn Ldr Alok Sharma and the Navy by Comm Rajiv Sharma.

    The Indians marched to the tune of "Haste Lushai" and "Kadam, kadam badhaye ja". They were followed by marching contingents of the French armed forces.

    The Maratha Light Infantry is one of the oldest and most famous regiments of India, with its history going back 235 years. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the units of the regiment fought in several campaigns, including China, Burma, Africa and Abyssinia. It also fought during World War I and World War II.

    A million Indian soldiers fought in World War I, including at two places in France — Somme and Givenchy. Around 100,000 Indians died in that war. More than 2.5 million Indians fought on the side of the Allies in World War II, apart from the country providing military bases and feeding a large percentage of Allied soldiers.

    Manmohan Singh landed here Monday evening for his brief visit and was received by Justice Minister Michelle Alliot-Marie.

    Maratha regiment leads Bastille Day parade - India - NEWS - The Times of India
     
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    Payeng Daku Mongol Singh

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    PM’s Statement to the Media after the French National Day Parade

    PM’s Statement to the Media after the French National Day Parade

    Following is the statement to the media by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh after the French National Day Parade in Paris:

    “I am delighted to be present today at the National Day Celebrations of France. The magnificent parade we have witnessed dramatises the strength and dynamism of this great nation. It was an honour for India to have a contingent representing all three services of our Armed Forces lead the parade. This reflects the friendship and strategic partnership between our two countries and the cordial ties between our Armed Forces.

    July 14 is a date important not only for France. The French Revolution marked a defining moment in the world history when the aspirations of the common man began to acquire a central place in political and social life. The ideals of French revolution – liberty, equality and fraternity - helped to inspire our freedom struggle and guided the founding fathers of the Indian constitution. I am grateful to President Sarkozy for giving India a place of honour on this great occasion.

    India–France relations and cooperation are growing in strength and vitality in all fields. We have a strategic partnership and have built vibrant political ties, with collaboration in energy, space research, defence, industry and commerce, science and technology, education, culture and tourism. It is my ardent wish that the partnership between our two democracies is further strengthened and deepened in the years to come. This will benefit the people of both our countries.”

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  7. S.A.T.A

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    Iam being honest,they don't come anywhere near as impressive as we have on the republic day.............Only the mademoiselles are hotter :)
     
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    Old memories....

    Indian army marching in France soil, this image was there in my hard disk for a long time, thought of sharing with you folks...

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    French postcard depicting the arrival of 15th Sikh Regiment in France during World War I. The post card reads, "Gentlemen of India marching to chasten the German bandits"
     

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