Tunku Ismail Idris, Prince of Malaysia will be the first foreigner to lead Jaipur-based cavalry regiment during the Republic Day celebration parade.
Idris, 23, is the grandson of the Johor Sultan. He will lead the 61st Cavalry Regiment during the parade as he has been was promoted to the rank of captain. With his selection, he will be the first non-Indian chosen by the Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to participate in the Republic day ceremony.
It is a great honor to lead the unit and wonderful experience which I will cherish all my life. I am proud to represent and being part of the Indian Army, it is a great experience.
On Tuesday evening, the prince’s father, Tengku Mahkota Tunku Ibrahim Ismail arrived from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi to witness his son in action during the Republic Day Parade. The prince will ride his horse through more than 10 km during the parade on January 26.
Idris had been enrolled as cadet officer in the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 2003. Later, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in December 2004 and absorbed into the Indian army then.
He said on his selection in the IMA, as it is a different world here. It is tough to cope and competitive (to join the army) because everybody in a country of one billion people wants to be in the military, it is prestige.