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Beating the Retreat in preparation for Republic Day in India

I like it that the drummer is suspended in air in the first picture, as it gives the picture just a little more life.

Manish Swarup / AP

Members of the joint defense band march during Beating the Retreat rehearsals in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 22. Beating the Retreat, which falls on Jan. 29, marks the end of Republic Day celebrations in India.

Manish Swarup / AP

Border Security Force soldiers stand mounted on camels during the Beating the Retreat rehearsals in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 22. Beating the Retreat, which falls on Jan. 29, marks the end of Republic Day celebrations in India.