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A rehearsal of Beating the Retreat at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Indian popular tunes that are pushing out colonial martial music at Beating the Retreat

The Beating the Retreat ceremony this year featured Bollywood songs like Lakshya and Ae Mere Pyaare Watan.
A rehearsal of Beating the Retreat at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Beating the Retreat — a musical military tradition celebrating the Republic for 7 decades

Tracing its origins to early 1950s, Beating the Retreat is held on 29 January at Vijay Chowk every year to conclude Republic Day celebrations.
Narendra Modi shakes hands with Xi Jinping, China's president | Photo: Graham Crouch | Bloomberg

J Ranade on India-China’s ‘cosmetic’ ties, Valson Thampu calls out ‘arbitrary exclusion’

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

‘Focus on more Indian tunes’ — Vande Mataram to replace Abide With Me at Beating Retreat

Abide With Me has traditionally concluded annual 45-minute performance of military music as last event of Republic Day celebrations at Vijay Chowk in Delhi.
Hasan Ali

Pakistani cricketer’s thigh-tapping antic is the latest ‘fake show’ at Wagah border

Introduced in 1959, the 45-minute flag-lowering ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border was a low-key affair for decades but now draws hundreds of visitors daily.

On Camera

Delhi University | Photo by Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi University has one obsession and it’s making a mess of it. Exams

After months of back-and-forth over the much-criticised online Open Book Examinations, Delhi University has postponed its exams once again.
File image of Principal Economic Advisor Sanjeev Sanyal | Photo: ANI

India has fiscal and monetary space to boost demand: Principal Economic Advisor Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal said at India Global Week that the government has been careful not to spray money and take a step-by-step approach to economic revival.

Defence

The armed forces veterans' statement has been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre), CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat (left) and Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane (right), among others (representational image) | Photo: ANI

144 armed forces veterans sign statement on China, highlight need to revamp intelligence

Statement also underlines ‘communication gap’ on India-China stand-off from the govt and the military, urges national policy and strategy on neighbours.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.