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Every year, January 15 is observed and celebrated as Indian Army Day. This year, India will be celebrating 74th Army Day.

Every year, January 15 is observed and celebrated as Indian Army Day. This year, India will be celebrating 74th Army Day.

Indian Army day is celebrated to honour the soldiers of the army, who have served the nation selflessly and set the greatest example of brotherhood and patriotism. It must be noted that this day is celebrated at all Army Command Headquarters.


History of Indian Army Day

Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa In the war against Pakistan in 1947, Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa led the Indian Army.Photo from Pixabay

It was on April 1 in the year 1895, when the Indian Army was officially established. This was the time when transfer of power from the British to India took place. Also in the year 1949, when India got its independence, the Army, too, got its first chief. General Sir Francis Butcher successfully handed over the baton to Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa. Moreover, in the war against Pakistan in 1947, Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa led the Indian Army, and he then became the second highest ranking officer in the Indian Army, after Sam Manekshaw, when he received the title of Field Marshal of India.

Celebration of Indian Army Day

As there is threat of third wave of Covid-19, therefore Indian Army Day will be celebrated amidst stringent protocols. This time, there will be showcase of weapons and platforms including drones, Advanced Light Helicopters, the new Light Combat Helicopter from the state owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which the Indian Army is thinking to deploy in the Galwan sector. Not only this, BLT T-72 ‘Bharat Rakshak’ tank, the 155mm Soltum Gun, and the BrahMos Missiles will also be displayed. The present Army Cheif Manoj Mukund Naravane will take salute and Bravery Awards like unit credentials and Sena Medals will also be awarded.

New uniform to be unveiled on this Indian Army Day

Indian Army Uniform The new uniform has been designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), in close collaboration with the Indian Army.Photo from Twitter

Another significant event which will take place on this year’s Indian Army Day will be the unveiling of new uniform with disruptive digital patterns. Interestingly, the uniform will be worn by the soldiers during the Army Day parade in Cariappa Parade ground in New Delhi. It must be noted that the new uniform has been designed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), of course in close collaboration with the Indian Army. This is the fourth time that the uniform of the Indian Army has been changed since independence. Talking about the design of the new Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU), then it will will have a mixture of Olive Green and earthy colours for better camouflage, and the fabric is more durable, sturdier, and lighter than the ones being used currently.

(Keywords: India, Indian Army Day, Pakistan, War, Battle Dress Uniform, Display, Uniforms, Bravery Awards, Lieutenant General K.M. Cariappa)


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