Inside India: January 30, 2014

  • An Indian band member waits at the roadside ahead of a bridal procession in New Delhi. South Asian weddings are often lavish affairs, filled with ritual and celebration that continues for several days. Sajjad Hussain / AFP Photo
  • A woman holding her baby sits in a street at a slum in Mumbai. Danish Siddiqui / Reuters
  • An Indian Navy Band sailor returns after a rehearsal of the Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina hill which houses India's most important ministries. The ceremony performed every year on the evening of January 29 by the three wings of the Indian military marks the end of Republic Day festivities. Manish Swarup / AP Photo
  • Children run with Indian national flags on the eve of India's Republic Day on the bank of the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati city. The Republic Day of India marks the adoption of the constitution of India on 26 January 1950.  EPA
  • Indian Border Security Force Dog Squad personnel take part in a march during Republic Day celebrations in Jammu. Alok Pathania / AFP
  • An Indian performer walks along a road while wearing a vest with a picture of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. Rupak De Chowdhuri / Reuters
  • Light shines from the tent of devotees resting at the Sangam. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo
  • An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during a spot search operation in Srinagar. Security was tightened ahead of India's Republic Day. Farooq Khan / EPA
  • Indian local residents look out from their closed shop during the arrival of Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-partner of French President Francois Hollande, at the Ekta Nagar slum area in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe / AFP Photo
  • Indian Hindu devotees dry their saris after taking holy dips at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP Photo

A view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent.