Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

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Photo: Vikas Kumar

BREAKING BARRIERS

Stunts, bikes & serious adrenaline: these women are changing the face of Republic Day

Vikas Kumar @CatchNews

Hear someone described as a daredevil, and you expect to see a man.

That's a reflection of how deep-seated our gender stereotypes and biases are, and it's one a group of women are aiming to break at the most unlikely of gender-bending venues: the 67th Republic Day Parade on January 26.

While all-women contingents have been participating in the Republic Day parade for a while now, this is the first time an all-women contingent of the CRPF will demo their tandem motorcycle riding skills at the parade.

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The contingent, formally titled 'Women Daredevils CRPF', comprises 120 women from the three women battalions of the CRPF and the Rapid Action Force. It was created in 2014, and for the past two years, these riders have been training rigorously for this very opportunity - a chance to show they're as good as anyone else when it comes to stunts.

These photographs were taken as the contingent practice their stunts on Royal Enfield bikes near the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan.

"We are the first ever women contingent of motorcycle stunt riders at the Republic Day Parade and we want to do our very best,' one enthusiastic team member said to Catch News photographer Vikas Kumar. Naturally, it's not about being as good as the men. "We want to do better than them," a fellow-member of the contingent laughed.

The full face of women power in the armed forces will be on display at this year's parade, with the largest number of women from the three forces - Army, Air Force and Navy - as well as from the police forces and NCC marching down the majestic Rajpath.

If these photos are anything to go by, we're in for a treat.

The motorcycle stunt riders from the Border Security Force, called India's Daredevils got a thumbs up from last year's chief guest US president Barack Obama at the Republic Day parade.

French President Francois Hollande is the chief guest for this year's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Another first at the 2016 Republic Day parade: a foreign contingent comprising 130 French soldiers will march down the Rajpath along with the Indian troops in presence of the French President.

Text: Priyata Brajabasi

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Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar @CatchNews