On Army Day, In­dian Army cel­e­brates be­ing in­stru­ment of na­tional power


In­dian Army cel­e­brated its 69th Army Day on Jan­uary 15, 2017. Gen­eral Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), re­viewed the Army Day pa­rade at the Cari­appa Pa­rade Ground, Delhi Can­ton­ment, and awarded 15 Sena Medals (in­clud­ing five posthu­mously) for in­di­vid­ual acts of gal­lantry and 14 COAS Unit Ci­ta­tions for com­mend­able per­for­mance of their re­spec­tive units.

Ev­ery year In­dian Army cel­e­brates Jan­uary 15 as ‘Army Day’ to com­mem­o­rate the day when Gen­eral (later Field Mar­shal) K.M. Car­ri­appa took over the com­mand of Army from Gen­eral Sir F.R.R Bucher, the last Bri­tish Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and be­came the first Commander-in-Chief of In­dian Army post In­de­pen­dence.

Gen­eral Bipin Rawat in his ad­dress stated that while In­dia sought peace on line of con­trol, cease­fire vi­o­la­tions or un­to­ward in­ci­dents prop­a­gated by Pak­istan will be re­sponded to by force. He also brought out that con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures were be­ing fur­ther strength­ened along the line of ac­tual con­trol with China to re­duce ten­sions. The COAS high­lighted con­tri­bu­tion of In­dian Army in UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions, mod­erni­sa­tion projects in the pipe­line and wel­fare schemes be­ing in­sti­tuted for serv­ing sol­diers, ex-ser­vice­men and Veer Naris. He re­in­forced the point that re­dres­sal of in­di­vid­ual griev­ances by serv­ing per­son­nel should be car­ried out through es­tab­lished mech­a­nisms within army rather than re­sort­ing to plat­form of so­cial me­dia for the same.

The pa­rade was com­manded by Ma­jor Gen­eral Ra­jesh Sa­hai, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area. The lead­ing con­tin­gent of the pa­rade was formed of the re­cip­i­ents of the Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra Awardees and In­ter­na­tional Sports Awardees. This was fol­lowed by army con­tin­gents which in­cluded T-90 tank Bhishma, in­fantry com­bat ve­hi­cle BMP-II, BrahMos mis­sile sys­tem, weapon lo­cat­ing radar (Swathi), Akash mis­sile sys­tem, chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, ra­di­o­log­i­cal & nu­clear (CBRN) re­con­nais­sance ve­hi­cle, mo­bile trans­portable satel­lite ter­mi­nal ve­hi­cle and seven march­ing con­tin­gents in­clud­ing mounted horse cav­alry.

The Veter­ans Tableaux, organised by the Direc­torate of In­dian Army Veter­ans, de­picted their role and con­tri­bu­tions to­wards the na­tion. A mo­tor­cy­cle dis­play by ‘Sh­wet Ashw’ team of the Army Corps of Mil­i­tary Po­lice was the other at­trac­tion dur­ing the pa­rade. A paramo­tors dis­play was also car­ried out by a team from the 50 (I) Para Bri­gade.

The grand fi­nale was a com­bat demon­stra­tion, which show­cased com­bat tech­niques of the army sub­units. Com­bat ac­tions in­cluded straf­ing runs de­picted by armed he­li­copter, com­bat ma­noeu­vres by tracked com­bat ve­hi­cles and spe­cial op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing air in­ser­tion and ex­tri­ca­tion of sol­diers be­hind en­emy lines.

The In­dian Army is re­garded as one of the most cred­i­ble in­sti­tu­tions and in­stru­ment of na­tional power. In­dian Army op­er­ates in the most in­hos­pitable con­di­tions with re­solve and pride. It has ac­quit­ted it­self ex­tremely cred­itably in in­ter­nal se­cu­rity and counter-in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions and has ex­tended in­valu­able aid to civil au­thor­i­ties in disas­ter man­age­ment and main­te­nance of law and or­der.

Ear­lier in the day, wreaths were laid at Amar Jawan Jy­oti, In­dia Gate, by the three Ser­vice Chiefs to com­mem­o­rate the Army Day.

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