While saluting our valiant soldiers on the Indian Army Day this year the Indians hereby reiterate their commitment to protect the nation from all external as well as internal forces with an urge on the part of civilians too to act as soldiers of the great nation which is faced with a piquant situation today especially in view of the terrorism perpetrated by the neighbour in this region of which the nation has been the worst victim. The day is marked to salute the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect our country and the people living in it besides Lieutenant General K. M. Cariappa becoming the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of India on this day. Army played equally important role just like other freedom fighters in instilling democratization in India and even after Independence it has been playing its role marvelously to ensure par excellence harmonious relations with all the vital pillars of the Indian democracy. While General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa shared a good bonding with both natives and Britishers and then succeeded General Roy Butcher of British Army to become the first Indian Commander in Chief of the democratic India, his successors carried forward the rich olive legacy superbly till date. Fighting adversities on borders be it Sino Indian war, wars with Pakistan both conventional as well as proxy wars through insurgency, shouldering the peace time responsibilities or coming to the rescue of the people in distress at the time of natural calamities there is hardly any field where Army has not left an indelible mark as a result of which it has earned for it the slot among the World’s best professional Armies. Though the Army works with true dedication and spirit of the motto ‘Fight to Win’ yet this win is not confined to the win in warfare only but more than that it is winning over the hearts of the people especially of those not adequately addressed to by the Civil administration due to various factors especially due to the reason of living in far flung areas with difficult geographical terrains. In this context Operation Sadhbhavana is a unique project adopted by the Indian Army to improve the living conditions of the neglected lot in inaccessible and border areas. Not only this, the men from the Indian Army form a substantial part of the Peace Keeping forces under the UN banner in different areas across the globe ravaged by civil wars and violence. Therefore with re-dedicating itself to become a part of the ‘War Winning ‘ as well as ‘Heart Winning’ teams of the nation the Army will be paying homage to the martyred soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate, besides Parades and military shows featuring the technology and achievements in Army across the nation today. It is high time that every civilian of this nation salutes the force for serving the nation and its people with full dedication and sincerity. At the same time it is imperative for the country’s vital pillar the Executive to make every endeavour to address the woes of the members of this jugular vein of the nation to whom we owe our very existence in the present day world infested with wars and the Dracula of terrorism. Realizing that our biggest strength is our soldiers let’s all reiterate our resolve to address the issues pertaining to them on topmost priority thus ensuring that they continue to be counted as the most professional force in the world for all times to come.
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