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We have grown up hearing the 21-gun salute on Republic Day. The guns involved are older than the Republic of India; they are the British Army 25-pounders – extensively used during the Second World War. They’ve been used every year, year after year and now, those responsible to ensure the salute happens are relieved that the day of the 25-pounder is coming to an end.
These guns aren’t manufactured anymore, there are no spares available and getting them to function is becoming more and more difficult every year. Who wants to live with a defective firing pin just before the salute, for instance? In any case, Indian ingenuity, the great system of jugaad, have kept them going.
The effort to procure new guns for the salute has begun. By 2019, they could be here. India deserves new guns, certainly on Republic Day.