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A first at R-Day parade: Women BSF bikers to display daredevilry

Prime News, National (New Delhi), January 11:- Men performing biking stunts at Republic Day functions is history. The BSF has now trained 113 women bikers who will be riding on 26 350 CC Royal Enfield motorcycles to perform acrobatics and daredevil stunts at this Republic Day parade.

The bikers, in the age group 20 to 31 and led by Sub-Inspector Stanzin Noryang, 28, from Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region, would be a first all-women contingent from any force to perform biking stunts at the annual event that displays a mix of India’s military might and cultural prowess.

Interestingly, Noryang didn’t know how to ride a bike when she volunteered to be included in the Border Security Force’s “women daredevil team”. That was in October 2016. But today she is confident she can not only ride but perform daredevil stunts with 10 other riders on a single motorcycle.

“I never thought of riding a bike because of fear. Now, I am confident of doing any stunt on a Royal Enfield Bullet — a very heavy two-wheeler. I am proud of my seniors who trained and chose me to lead the team and perform stunts at the Republic Day event,” Noryang told IANS.

The team was rehearsing on Rajpath, days before the January 26 event which will be attended by President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 10 leaders of Asean countries, who will be the guests of honor for this Republic Day parade.

In fact, most of the women in the “Seema Bhawani” contingent, named after a Hindu deity, didn’t know bike riding but still volunteered to learn it.

The idea was the brainchild of BSF Director General K. K. Sharma who wanted to replace men daredevils with women bikers, Deputy Inspector General Pushpendra Rathore said.

Rathore is in charge of the team that has been camping in Delhi since December.

Deputy Commandant Ramesh Chandra is the chief coach and Sub-Inspector K. M. Kalyana is the coach of the team trained by a special team of BSF instructors at the Central School of Motor Transport at Tekanpur in Gwalior. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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