President, PM greet soldiers on 70th Army Day; hailed the soldiers for putting the nation first and said the country had unwavering trust and pride in the Army. The celebrations mark the day when Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa took charge as the first Indian Army chief in 1949, succeeding General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India. ….reports Asian Lite News
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted the Army personnel on the 70th Army Day.
“Greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and to families of those who have worn the uniform. You are our nation’s pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Citizens sleep securely knowing you are ever awake and ever vigilant,” the President tweeted.
The Prime Minister also took to twitter and hailed the soldiers for putting the nation first and said the country had unwavering trust and pride in the Army.
“Our Army always puts the nation first. I salute all those great individuals who sacrificed their lives while serving the nation. India will never forget our valiant heroes,” Modi said.
“On Army Day, I convey greetings to the soldiers, veterans and their families. Every citizen has unwavering trust and pride in our Army, which protects the nation and is also at the forefront of humanitarian efforts during times of natural disasters and other accidents,” he said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh greeted the Army personnel and their families on the occasion of Army Day and said he salutes the force for its “dedication, discipline and supreme sacrifices”.
The celebrations mark the day when Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa took charge as the first Indian Army chief in 1949, succeeding General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.
Slithering operations from a helicopter were on display during the Army Day Parade on Monday, despite an accident during a practice drill on January 9.
A video of soldiers falling after the rope they were slithering down came unstuck went viral ahead of the Army Day, after which sources had said the operation will not be carried out on D-day.
However, during the annual press conference ahead of the Army Day, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said it was a routine matter as accidents do take place during practice, and soldiers are always prepared for it.