NEW DELHI: India ended a week of military pageantry on Saturday (Jan 29) with a synchronised drone show showcasing its homegrown tech trade, in patriotic celebrations marking a milestone within the nation’s independence historical past.
A thousand plane flew in formation within the evening skies above the capital New Delhi, flashing the saffron, white and inexperienced of the nationwide flag, earlier than rearranging themselves right into a silhouette of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi.
The gentle show closed a sequence of extravagant sundown troop manoeuvres for India’s Beating Retreat, a music-filled drill ceremony for troopers returning to base that has its origins in Seventeenth-century British military custom.
It is staged every year three days after the nation’s annual celebrations to mark the anniversary of India’s 1950 republican structure.
The occasion has particular significance this yr because the nation of 1.4 billion individuals prepares to mark 75 years because the finish of British colonial rule in August.
This yr’s Beating Retreat sparked a minor native controversy over the choice by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist authorities to drop the Christian hymn “Abide With Me” from the ceremony’s featured songs.
The hymn, stated to be a favorite of the London-educated Gandhi, was dropped as a result of it was an indication of the nation’s colonial previous, media experiences stated, quoting authorities sources.
The music had been a everlasting fixture of the ceremony since 1950.
It has been changed by a patriotic music devoted to Indian troopers who died in a short border conflict with China in 1962.