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Jai Hind and Beating of the Retreat


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Jai Hind

This phrase means ‘Long Live India’ or ‘Victory to India’.

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Beating of the Retreat

From ‘A Vision of India: The Country’, published by NavNeet Publications:

The end of Republic Day celebrations:  Three days later on the evening of January 29, a stirring ceremony known as ‘Beating of the Retreat” is held.  The ancient military custom of sending drummers through the streets just before sunset to warn troops to return to their barracks before the colors were hauled down of the night has been revived in a unique way.  Twenty or more bands, from the three services, perform.  But it does not end there.  The plaintive notes of the old hymn, Abide With Me (also a favorite of Mahatma Gandhi), are played.  The bands then fall silent although the hymn has not concluded.  In the poignant silence, a solitary bugler takes up the hymn’s refrain.  The final notes fade away – marking the end of the Republic Day celebrations.


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Last reviewed December 2010

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