Images of India : India displays its military might….

republicThousands took to the streets in New Delhi to watch a dress rehearsal filled with colourful fanfare, soldiers on camels and flower petals being dropped from the sky by helicopters ahead of the annual Republic Day parade – a display of military might with tanks, fighter planes, missiles and the somewhat less fearsome ‘dog squad’. The theme for this year’s grand parade, a celebration of the adoption of the Indian constitution in 1950, has focused primarily on the involvement of animals. It had been suggested that camels would be dropped for the first time ever, a claim that sparked consternation amongst the Indian public, but they have been just as much a part of the rehearsals as the dogs.