Breaking gender stereotypes: BSF women bikers steal limelight at Republic Day parade
The 113-member squad Seema Bhavani was chosen from different ranks of the BSF to become the first-ever women bikers’ contingent at the 69th Republic Day parade.india Updated: Jan 27, 2018 14:36 IST
As India flaunted its military might and cultural diversity during the Republic Day parade on Friday on New Delhi’s Rajpath, a team of Border Security Forces’ (BSF) women personnel offered a spectacular display of their power by performing daredevil stunts on motorcycles.
The 113-member squad Seema Bhavani was chosen from different ranks of the border force to become the first-ever women bikers’ contingent at the 69th Republic Day parade.
The contingent, led by sub-inspector Stanzin Noryang received a rapturous applause from the crowd as they pulled off stunning formations such as fish riding, side riding, faulaad, peacock and saptarishi.
Most of the women did not even know how to ride a bike before being selected for the squad.
“I never thought of riding a bike because of fear. Now, I am confident of doing any stunt on a Royal Enfield Bullet,” 28-year-old Noryang, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh, was quoted as saying by IANS.
As per the tradition, the BSF and the Indian Army’s bike-borne daredevils end the ceremony riding their roaring bikes alternatively every year. And, this time the BSF sent in their women contingent.
Their gravity-defying stunts and daredevil debut left Twitter in awe. Here are some of the reactions:
BSF women officers on motorcycles in Rajpath Republic Day celebration. They were so awesome and cool! Happy Republic Day to all! 👌👍— Swati Jai Hind (@SwatiJaiHind) January 26, 2018
GIVE THEM WINGS AND THEY WILL FLY...💪🏼— Archie (@archu243) January 26, 2018
Absolutely gravity defying formations by women bikers of BSF and you can never seem to get enough😍
The highlight of today’s #RepublicDayParade #RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/ThHzwuVqwc
Just love the Women Bikers. Superb https://t.co/pqfq1JmSzW— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 26, 2018
Formations by women bikers was the highlight of Republic day celebrations. It took 69yrs for this to happen. #girlpower— Divya Sridharan (@deeweyeah) January 26, 2018
Bike Stunts by BSF Women Contingent, SEEMA BHAWANI, "FAULAAD STUNT", Displayed!! All Fish Riding, Side Riding stunts Displayed too, Splendid Driving Skills of Seema Bhawani, Spectacular Formations by Women BSF Contingent— #gurukulsukanya iyer (@sukanyaiyer2) January 26, 2018
Bravo BSF Women Contingent
Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/wQkOvDJIQh