This year's annual Army Day parade in New Delhi, on January 15, proved to be a colourful and impressive event.
GV Crowds at army day parade.
CU Army chief, General Vaidya, taking salute.
GVs Indian troops in ceremonial dress march past. (3 SHOTS)
SV Ghurka regiment marches past.
SV Air force and naval commanders with ladies seated watching.
SV Army officers watching parade.
SVs Soviet-built T-72 tanks pass by. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Mobile 130mm gun driven past. (2 SHOTS)
GVs General Vaidya taking salute from dais. (2 SHOTS)
SV Indian pipe band marches off.
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Background: This year's annual Army Day parade in New Delhi, on January 15, proved to be a colourful and impressive event. On view for the first time were Soviet-built T-72 tanks, and massive 130mm mobile SP Catapult guns. The salute was taken by the Chief of the Army Staff, General A.S. Vaidya. Also present were air force and naval chiefs. The troops in ceremonial dress provided a vivid splash of colour to the day, while the famed Ghurka regiment, although less magnificently dressed, looked perhaps more threatening. Stirring martial music was provided by an Indian pipe band. The parade came on the day that India's Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, said that her country faced an unprecedented threat to its security. She did not specify the source of the threat, but the country has a history of conflict with neighbouring Pakistan. It has also been anxious to see peace of Afghanistan to the north-west, where rebels have been fighting an intermittent guerrilla war since a Soviet intervention in 1976.