"beating retreat" is a centuries old military tradition dating from the days when troops disengaged from battle at sunset. As soon as the Bugles sounded the retreat the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield. It is for this reason that the custom of standing still during the sounding of retreat has been retained to this day. Colours and standards are cased and flags lowered at retreat. Drum beats are relic of the days when the troops, billeted in towns and cities, were recalled to their quarters at the appointed time in the evening. Based on these military traditions, the ceremony of beating retreat creates a good mood of nostalgia for the times gone by.
When i see state of Afghanistani people it makes me question the injustice meted out to these poor people. First US used this country against Russia tearing it apart creating war lords and now the civil wars rip apart the country as the arsenals gifted by US are used to kill each other. The dictators of past like Hitler at least owened up the atrocities but today as the US bullies the world and creates mass casualties, the funny bit is-it potrays itself as global messiah. The story is same every where but polarisation has started and marginalising Muslims will have drastic outcomes as the religion produces best warriors who fight with death as their aim. The conditioning of achieving jannat or heaven on dying for the religious cause makes them formidable. No technology can counter human passion for destruction and as i am absolutely against any form of violence the policies of "world's one and onlySuper power"are grossly off mark. What happened to twin towers was just the tip of ice berg, if the supression instead of pulling into the mainstream of underprivilaged continues, there will be unprecedented out -bursts and rebellion.
Now my evening at the function-It was fun as Diplomats, Defence people and President, Prime Minister all were there, India has a Sikh Prime Minister, A Muslim President and an Italian lady Mrs Sonia Gandhi as the President of the ruling party. What can be more secular? Men in uniform looked so smart and there were very alert black cat commandoes too. My grand father was a freedom fighter and the British could never catch him, he came dressed as woman when my father his first child was born. He was a feared man in British Raj, pure Aryan blood of warrior tribes comes down our blood line though i come from a Brahman family mostly people from hills are warriors with hot-hot blood . Coffins arrive every day from Indo- Pak border at Sichin and by gifting Pakistan nuclear bomb for services it renders America has created a very unstable equatoin. Pakistan is a rogue Nation which is there to monitor on Russia and India for American intelligence. Now as the Islamic fundamentalism increases this stooge too shall back fire like it happened in Afghanistan wait and watch Unce Sam as millons of terrorists are created in madrasas of Pakistan.