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    India's President Giri on Saturday (1 April) reviewed a mass parade in New Delhi marking the 39th anniversary of the founding of the Indian Air Force.

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    India's President Giri on Saturday (1 April) reviewed a mass parade in New Delhi marking the 39th anniversary of the founding of the Indian Air Force.

    It was only the second time that a president of the Republic has reviewed on Air Force anniversary parade. The other occasion was in 1954 when the late President Rajendra Prasad presented the Air Force colours.

    This year's ceremony was the first occasion on which the colours presented in 1954 were paraded. When presenting the colours, Dr. Prasad had pledged that they would never be unfurled except in the cause of righteousness. After its part in the Bangladesh war last December, the Indian Air force now feels that pledge has been honoured.

    As well as President Giri, many other Indian leaders attended this year's parade--among them the Prime Minister, Mrs. Gandhi and the Indian Army Chief, General Manekshaw.

    SYNOPSIS: Ceremonies in Delhi on Saturday marked the 39th anniversary of the founding of the Indian Air Force. Military aircraft were lined up on the tarmac as men of the Air Force prepared to march past.

    Taking the salute--India's President Giri. This was only the second time that a president of the Indian Republic has reviewed an Air Force anniversary parade. The other occasion was in 1954, when the late President Rajendra Prasad presented the Air Force colours.

    Locally built Mig-21 interceptor aircraft took part in a fly-past.

    India's Prime Minister, Mrs. Gandhi, was among a host of Indian leaders attending the parade in which five hundred officers and airmen from six squadrons took part. President Giri took the opportunity to warn his countrymen to remain vigilant and alert. He said that so long as there are nations which do not understand India's search for peace and prosperity with honour there will be those who will try to bend India to their wishes--even with the use of armed might. As the parade continued, the Number Two Air Force band lend by Warrant Officer Chandra provided an accompaniment.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAWKLF36NIM8GO5ZVRSWOIG5Y9
    Media URN:
    VLVAWKLF36NIM8GO5ZVRSWOIG5Y9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
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    N/A

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