The Indian Army paid its tributes to all martyrs on the occasion of 73rd Army Day in New Delhi on Friday. Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane mentioned about the steps in place to procure advanced weaponry and projects for the Army. “I reaffirm our unstinted support to our ‘Veer Naris’ and their families,” Naravane said as he addressed the kin of all the martyrs present on the occasion.
Naravane acknowledged that last year has been tough as he hailed the dedication of the soldiers who died fighting the Chinese army in Galwan valley. Referring to the ongoing dispute with China, Naravane said: “You all are aware of the ongoing tension with China on northern borders. A befitting reply was given in the context of conspiracy to unilaterally change status quo on borders. I assure the country that the sacrifice of brave hearts of Galwan won’t go in vain.”
He recalled the tireless efforts by all officers of all ranks and asserted that, “Our brave officers, JCOs and soldiers have given a befitting reply to our adversaries, many laying down their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.” He referred to the relentless operations in place to combat the state-sponsored terrorist activities and stressed that, “we remain committed to resolve the disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. The Indian Army has been swift and decisive in its retaliation to counter any attempts to unilaterally change the status quo on the Line of Actual Control.”
Naravane also recognised the tireless efforts by the troops in undertaking measures to provide relief to people during the Covid-19 pandemic. He termed the responsiveness of the Indian Army to be highly professional and hailed the contribution by all commanders and troops, on all levels. Most importantly, he recognised the discipline and resilience shown by medical professionals and the staff, in delivering treatment during the pandemic.
The event observed virtual participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind who praised the veterans and saluted the martyrs. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was also a part of the celebration as he wrote a tweet and conveyed his respects to the army men.
“I am sanguine that we shall continue to uphold our core values and ethos and live up to the trust reposed in us by the nation. The Indian Army is and will always remain strong and capable,” Naravane said.