Google Features BSF Camel Contingent on R-Day Doodle


San Francisco: Search giant Google put out Republic Day-related doodle on Tuesday that showed a march of a richly caparisoned camel contingent of the Border Security Force (BSF).

Six colorfully bedecked camels with bandsmen riding their back and playing martial music, marching elegantly in one neat row as they do on the ceremonial boulevard featured in the Google doodle.

Each of the six camels carries a letter of the word ‘Google’ on their golden caparison. The BSF is the only force in the country to have these majestic and elegantly dressed four-legged animals for both operational and ceremonial duties.

The 90-camel contingent, 54 with troops and the rest with band personnel, first became part of this national festival celebration in 1976 after it replaced a similar squad of the army which had been participating in the Republic Day parade since it first took place in 1950. Initially, the camel contingent was not to feature in this year’s Republic Day parade, but was eventually included.