Today is Bastille Day, the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year.
In France, it is called Fête Nationale (“National Celebration”), or more commonly quatorze juillet (“14 July”).
It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.
For the first time India is the guest of honour and 400 soldiers who belong to several troops from the Indian army were invited to open the parade avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
At the end of this parade a paratrooper landed place de la Concorde in front of the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh holding an Indian flag.
“Hindustan zindabad & vive la France !!!”
I met this soldier in Chandigarh the capital of Punjab he was in duty in front of the Capitol Complex and he accepted that I made his portrait.