NEW DELHI: As the 124-member French military contingent marched down Rajpath amid loud cheers, they became the first foreign soldiers to take part in the Republic Day parade. But here's a fascinating fact — the moment brought the French Army, Indian Army, Pakistan Army, Tipu Sultan and the Swedish monarchy on the same side of history for the first time.
The French marching contingent included 76 personnel from the 35th Infantry Regiment of the French Army (35e regiment d'infanterie). This regiment had served in India from 1781 to 1784 in its previous avatar as the 35 Aquitaine Regiment. As part of the Franco-Mysore alliance, it took part in the Second Anglo-Mysore War (1780-84), fought between the forces of the East India Company and the kingdom of Mysore under Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. The war ran parallel to the American Revolutionary War where the English were fighting their American colonies that were supported by the French.
Had we won probably there might not be a East India Co to rule and the history would have changed..! Interesting..
Wow what a fascinating bit of history. Totally mixed up :)
French involvement in India during 18th century is still being remembered.
Actualy they are here to protect the French President. They reckon and rightfully that Indians are not fully equipped to protect their president.
Pradeep M Gupte
The to have a contingent from each SAARC country is excellent for advancing the regional cooperation. I hope Shri Modiji pursues this. In addition, there should be a national monument for Indian soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the country. Jai Hind!!. God Bless India.
After 232 years - but in an entirely different role and purpose!
History repeats itself. No one is hero or vllian for ever.All the kings were cruel not to say of Tipu only.