Beating the Retreat: 'Abide With Me' Replaced by 'Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon' Amid Efforts to Indianise the Military
The traditional Christian hymn Abide With Me has been dropped for the first time since 1950 in this year’s Beating the Retreat ceremony on January 29. The patriotic Hindi song Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon will replace the iconic tune, as part of efforts towards further “Indianisation” of the military, including its tunes, training literature, traditions, customs and other practices, some of which were drawn from the British era.
Abide With Me has been a long-standing tradition of Beating the Retreat ceremony. Efforts were underway since the middle of last year to look for a suitable Indian tune to replace it.
There were plans to omit Abide With Me in Beating the Retreat ceremony in 2020, but after a public furore, it was reinstated back in the list of tunes for the event. However, in the last two years, the majority of the tunes played in the ceremony were composed by Indian musicians.
The Indian military has shed much of its British-origin customs and traditions over the decades.
However, there has been a renewed push towards further Indianisation of the military with plans to include additional indigenous texts in military training and strategic studies with more focus on Indian war heroes, leaders and thinkers and putting to rest the use of pre-Independence terms, avoiding anglicised names for military exercises, and call signs, including aviation call signs.
I think he/she is trolling the pakistanis by using the word steep because a few days ago the pakis were crying in their new security policy that India was acquiring all the latest toys with its extravagant budget and "disturbing the balance in the region".Let's wait for the actual budget, so called "steep" came after going to record lows and was nowhere near what is required.
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