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How High to Swing the Arms at Republic Day Parade Divides the 3 Services

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 22: Indian Air Force contingent during rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath on the cold and foggy morning on December 22, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Dense fog reduced visibility to 50 metres. Due to poor visibility, 50 trains to the capital were delayed while 12 were rescheduled and one was cancelled. It was the coldest December 22 in the national capital in the past five years with minimum temperature recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI: Just how high the Indian armed forces - the Army, Navy and Air Force - should raise their arms while marching past President Pranab Mukerjee and US President Barack Obama on Republic Day, January 26 has generated a major controversy.

The three forces, like every year, will be putting on display their best marching contingents on Rajpath - the grand boulevard in the heart of New Delhi - for President Mukherjee and President Obama who will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.