INDIAN ARMY DAY 2023: The Indian Army Day is celebrated every year on January 15 in honour of Field Marshall Kondandera M. Cariappa taking over as the first Army Chief of our country, Army Day is celebrated every year on January 15.
In 1949, the title was transferred to him from the last British Army Chief of Staff, General Francis Butcher. Field Marshall K M Cariappa was born on January 28, 1900, in Mercara state, now known as Karnataka . He was honoured with the King’s Commission in 1919 with the first group of Indian cadets, and in 1933, he was the first Indian officer to join the Staff College, Quetta.
In 1942, Lt. Col. K. M. Cariappa established the 7th Rajput Machine Gun Battalion (now the 17 Rajput).In 1946, as a Brigadier, he joined the Imperial Defence College, UK He had been summoned from the United Kingdom to serve on the Army Subcommittee of the Forces Reconstitution Committee, where he had achieved an amicable settlement for the division of the army between India and Pakistan during partition.
The day is celebrated in the form of parades as well as other military shows in the National Capital, New Delhi, and in various other headquarters of the Indian Army. The aim of this day is to salute our strong and brave soldiers for protecting our lives and our motherland. This year, India will celebrate the 75th Indian Army Day.
The Army Day parade will be held in Bengaluru this year on January 15, 2023.
Bengaluru will host the Army Day Parade on January 15, 2023, keeping with the decision to hold such events of national importance outside the national capital in order to give wider visibility and secure participation of citizens.
- The parade signifies the formal taking over of the Indian Army by its first Indian Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal K M Cariappa on January 15, 1949, replacing his British predecessor.
- The Army has organized a campaign to strengthen the bond with the citizens by organizing events in schools and colleges, remote villages, and with people from all walks of life.
- According to the release, General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff, will lay a wreath in Bengaluru to honor the brave hearts and review the Army Day parade on January 15. The parade will highlight the Army’s military strength while also demonstrating its efforts to transform into a future-ready, technology-driven, lethal, and agile force.
- Several activities, such as motorcycle displays, paramotors, and combat free fall, will be organized to inspire younger generations.
- The Army Chief will also present a number of gallantry awards and unit citations in recognition of the valor and admirable service of Army personnel and units. Various events displaying the Army’s commitment to nation-building are planned by the Army Units of Southern Command.
- “Southern Star Vijay Run – 2022” (Theme – Run For Soldiers – Run With Soldiers) on December 17, 2022, in commemoration of Vijay Diwas, will be the curtain-raiser event wherein over 50,000 participants across 18 stations (Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Bhuj & Alwar, Bhopal, Secunderabad, Jhansi, Gwalior, Chennai, Bangalore, Belgaum, Wellington (TN), Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Ahmedabad & Mumbai) in Southern Command will be flagged off simultaneously.
- Stating that multiple events depicting the Army’s commitment to the nation are being organized in coordination with local bodies and society, the release further said that in the week leading to Army Day (from January 9-15, 2023), additional activities like weapons and equipment display, band performances, quiz competitions, painting & essay-writing competitions, cyclotrons, motivational talks by gallantry awardees, presentations on famous battles, visits to war memorials / war museums, and cultural programmes based on the theme “Ek Bharat Sarvashrestha Bharat’ are also planned.
SOUTHERN COMMAND LAUNCHES OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
The Pune- headquartered Southern Command of the Indian Army has organized an outreach campaign in around 75 remote rural areas across eight states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu- under its area of responsibility.
The campaign was launched on December 30th and it will be the third in a series of events planned in the run-up to the 75th Army Day Parade, which is going to take place on January 15, 2023.
The outreach campaign is being conducted under the theme ‘Gram Seva-Desh Seva’ will see Indian Army personnel visit 75 remote villages to inform the people about the Agnipath defense recruitment scheme. Army soldiers will also join the villagers in a cleanliness drive, promoting the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The Indian Army personnel will also organize the sports facilities, and undertake friendly matches with youths and students. They will reach out to the Veer Naris, and help ameliorate their grievances. They plan to share meals with the locals, and spread the message of “oneness,”, according to a press statement issued by the Southern Command.
TIMELINE OF INDIAN ARMY DAY
- The “Dhanurveda” is written between 1100 and 800 B.C. This text translates to “the science of archery” and is considered an ancient classic in the field of martial arts, and of course, archery.
- In 1949, the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, Kodandera M. Cariappa, becomes India’s first field marshal, taking the lead from his British counterpart, General Francis Butcher.
- In 1962, the Sino-Indian War is fought. India fights the first war against China, which ends after China declares a unilateral ceasefire.
- In 1999, Kargil War is fought- India’s most recent war was fought at Kargil when Pakistani troops cross the Line of Control and capture the territories belonging to India.