Indian Army Day

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Indian Army Day

  • Indian Army celebrated its 74th Army Day today.
  • Every year, 15 January is commemorated as “Army Day” to remember the occasion when General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa took over the command of the Indian Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of Independent India.
  • The Indian Army’s theme for the year 2022, “In Stride with the Future”, is an acknowledgement of the increasingly critical role played by niche and disruptive technologies in modern warfare.

Indian Army Day: History & Significance

  • 15th January is marked as the Indian Army Day and is celebrated every year with tremendous zeal on this day in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa (K. M. Cariappa).
  • He took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Francis Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949.
  • It is pertinent to note that Gen. Cariappa showed his leadership by leading the Indian army during the 1947 Indo-Pak war over Kashmir.
  • Later, he was designated as a Field Marshal and this position is given to the highest-ranking officer in the Indian Army and Cariappa was the second to achieve this title, second only to General Sam Manekshaw.
  • Every year, the day is marked by conducting a military parade and many other martial displays at Delhi Cantonment’s Cariappa Parade Ground.

74th Indian Army Day: Honouring the Bravehearts

  • On the occasion of 74th Indian Army Day, many brave hearts were honoured and an Army parade was organised in Cariappa Parade Ground in Delhi.
  • On this day, veterans awarded with Param Vir Chakra and Vir Chakra also mark their attendance for the celebrations and many more received Gallantry awards and Sewa Medals for their service.