BHARAT DARSHAN-THE INDIAN ARMY CELEBRATES 72nd ARMY DAY ON JANUARY 15
Bharat Darshan-The Indian Army Celebrates 72nd Army Day on January 15. 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 is celebrated every year across the country on January 15. This year’s Army day celebrations will be different as a fourth-generation woman army officer is going to spearhead 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.( Collapse )