#DefenseDiaries: PM Modi hails troops on 71st Army Day
Indian Army stands for various things: the top-most being their professionalism, bravery and selfless service. They protect our restive borders, safeguard internal law-and-order and save lives during natural calamities/disasters. Their training and discipline are obviously legendary. As Indian armed forces celebrate the 71st Army Day, PM Narendra Modi hailed the valiant heroes who always put the country first. Here's all about the Army Day.
On this day, Field Marshal KM Cariappa took over as India's commander-in-chief from General Francis Butcher, the last British commander-in-chief. Though we got independence in August 1947, it was one year and four months later that an Indian took control of the Army. That's why, this day is celebrated as the Army Day: the day when we pay homage to our martyrs.
On Army Day, the Indian Army pledges its service to the country and vows to maintain the nation's pride. They promise to live up to the Army's motto of "Service before self." They also pay tribute to martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate.
From parades to displaying the army's arsenal of tanks, missiles, arms and weapons, Army Day is celebrated with great fanfare. According to reports, this year's parade will be led by Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi. Notably, this is the first time when a woman officer would lead the Army Day parade. Further, Army chief General Bipin Rawat will present gallantry, Unit credentials, Sena Medals etc. to his personnel.
On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and their families. You are our nation’s pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Citizens sleep securely knowing you are ever awake and ever vigilant #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 15, 2019
India's Army certainly lives up to the country's "Unity in diversity" principle. The various units and regiments have their own histories. With over 12L active troops and 9L reserve troops, Indian Army is the world's second-largest standing army. Indian Army also functions at the world's highest battlefield, Siachen glacier, about 5000mts above sea level. NewsBytes salutes the Army's commitment, valor, service and dedication.