Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 73rd Army Day on Friday, January 15, 2021

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Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 73rd Army Day on Friday, January 15, 2021. Field Marshal K. C. Cariappa, The First Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, 1949

Even after the Independence, the Indian Army did not have an Indian chief; instead it was led by British Army officers. On January 15, 1949, then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army General Sir Francis Butcher handed over the charge to then Lieutenant General KM Cariappa, giving Army its first Indian chief. A decorated Army officer, Field Marshal KM Cariappa spearheaded Indian forces during 1947 India-Pakistan war. The first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, Cariappa hailed from Karnataka. Born on December 1898, his career spanned over three decades. He is also one of the first two recipients of the title of Field Marshal of India, the second Field Marshal of India is Sam Manekshaw.

Army Day 2021: Why is January 15 Observed As Army Day? History, Significance
Rare photo of Field Marshal KM Cariappa (extreme right) and C Rajagopalachari, the last Governor-General of India. (Image: twitter.com/adgpi)
Bharat Darshan-Indian Army Celebrates 73rd Army Day on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Army Day is celebrated every year across the country on January 15. The 72nd year Army day celebrations was different as a fourth-generation woman army officer spearheaded an all men contingent on January 15. Captain Bhavana Kasturi, marking a departure from the convention, led an all men contingent on Republic Day 2019. Army Day is celebrated to honour our brave soldiers who serve the country selflessly, sometimes, laying down their lives.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Army chief General MM Naravane, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria laid wreaths remembering the brave martyrs on the occasion of the 73rd Army Day on Friday (January 15) at the National War Memorial in Delhi.
Tweeting from its official handle, the Indian army also paid tribute to the 100 martyrs who sacrificed their lives in 2020. “Army pays homage to the 100 battle casualties in the year 2020 on the Army Day today. These officers and jawans lost their lives in different operations including the Galwan valley clash in Eastern Ladakh on June 15,” the army’s tweet read. 
Pic Courtesy: Twitter/@adgpi
Army Chief General MM Naravane takes salute before inspecting the parade on the occasion of the Army Day, at the Parade Ground in New Delhi. Paying homage to the 20 soldiers who lost their lives during India-China standoff, Army chief asserted that their “sacrifice won’t go in vain”. 
Pic Courtesy: PTI

Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane will be chief guest at the Army Day celebrations this year. The parade will showcase various routines such as aerial stunts and bike pyramids.

On Army Day, the army chief takes the salute and inspects the parade led by the General Officer Commanding, HQs Delhi Area. The other two service chiefs also attend the parade every year and take salute. This year, the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat will also attend the parade this year and take salute. General Rawat took charge as CDS on 31st December, 2019.

India shows its power at the Army Day parade. T-90 battle tanks of Indian Army displayed during the 73rd Army Day parade, at the Parade ground. 
Pic Courtesy: PTI
Army soldiers display drone attack during the 73rd Army Day being celebrated at the Parade ground in New Delhi.
Pic Courtesy: PTI
Army Service Corps (ASC) Motorcycle Display Team ‘Tornadoes’ perform during the 73rd Army Day parade. The team members also performed various daredevil stunts at the parade. 
Pic Courtesy: PTI
In view of the COVID-19 protocols, troops march wearing face masks during the Army Day parade. 
Pic Courtesy: ANI
Bharat Darshan. The Indian Army Celebrates 73rd Army Day on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Last year, Captain Tania Shergill from the Corp of Signals lead an all men contingent on Army Day. Shergill was inducted in March 2017 from Officers Training Academy, Chennai. Her father and grandfather also served in the Indian Army.

Army Day 2020: Tania Shergil became the first woman parade adjutant in the 72nd Army Day Parade.

The main event takes place at Cariappa Parade Ground at Delhi Cantonment. The ceremony begins with Indian Army chief taking the salute. Soldiers are accorded Sena medals for their service to the nation. However, Army Day is observed at all Army Command headquarters across the country.

Indian Army soldiers take out a parade and arsenals are put on display. Last year, Army exhibited the BrahMos Missiles, BLT T-72 ‘Bharat Rakshak’ tank, Advanced Light Helicopters, and the 155mm Soltam Gun.

In 2020, 15 soldiers were decorated with gallantry awards while 18 battalions got unit citations. The military hardware which were showcased in the 2020 parade include infantry combat vehicle BMP-2K, K9 Vajra-T artillery guns, locally built Dhanush towed guns, T-90 main battle tanks and the short span bridging system.

Army Day 2020 Theme

The main focus of Army Day 2020 will be on the ‘Digital Transformation of Defense’.

Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15.
Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15.
Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15.
Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15.
Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15.
Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15.
Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15.
Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15. For the first time in the history of Indian Army, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat joins the Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane in the Army Day Celebration.

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