Suited contingents from the Research and Analysis Wing and the Intelligence Bureau are to take part in the Republic Day march on 26 January for the first time in India’s history.
Okay I made that up, but this news report comes pretty close. In honour of services rendered during the Mumbai attacks, the black cat commandoes are to be represented at the Republic Day march past. Mind you, I am all for honouring those NSG commandoes who tackled the 26/11 terrorists. However, making the NSG march in formation along Rajpath seems to lower them in stature rather than honour them. I wonder how many weeks of practice the NSG needs to learn to march in step.
One way of honouring the NSG (in addition to pinning medals on them) would have been to relieve them of most VIP duties and letting them tackle terrorists in Kashmir and the North East.