Indian Armed Forces are known all over the world for their bravery on the battlefield, their professionalism, discipline, and their conduct. Whenever we see an Indian Soldier in uniform we feel a sense of pride. We have tremendous respect for our brothers in Arms for protecting the sovereignty and integrity of our nation and their sacrifice in the service of our nation. We get goosebumps when we see them marching on the annual Republic Day Parade and during a musical extravaganza during the Beating Retreat Ceremony. We remember our brothers in uniform who attained veergati in the line of duty. Every time we hear a bugle call no matter how busy, we stand and pay our respects and remember them. Freedom is not free. It costs life and blood. And they did so that our nation remains stronger and safer. They will always remain the shining beacons of our freedom.
Major Gaurav Arya says “Indian Army is not just a powerful army but also a moral army. We are powerful not only because we are strong, but we are also powerful because we are right.” Indian Army is active 24/7 all-round the year in CICT operations (Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism Operation) in the Kashmir Valley. These operations take place in areas surrounded by the civilian population. Indian Army makes sure there are no civilian casualties and hence they put their lives in danger. Whether it’s Siachen, Ladakh, North East, or Jammu Kashmir, from guarding our skies to guarding our waters they are protecting us.
Indian Army, ITBP, and the BSF are the lifeline to our citizens residing in the border areas. India has got a very long porous border with enemies on the eastern and western front. These areas are at high altitudes with mountainous terrain. The population living in these are the eyes and ears of our armed forces. Border Roads Organization is connecting these areas with roads in order to facilitate the Armed Forces to mobilize at very short notice and will also be helpful for the local population. There are no educational and medical facilities available in these areas. The Indian army takes care of their health and medical requirements and runs schools to provide primary education to children. We all know LoC is a volatile border and the most heavily guarded border in the world. Indian army runs schools and arranges for educational trips in other parts of India for the residents living in these areas who have never got an opportunity to visit other parts of India. In winters roads to these areas are cut off due to heavy snow and the Indian Army comes to rescue by not only providing medical help but also evacuate the patient on foot for hours to the nearest hospital. The Army conducts soft skill and personality development, self-defense, and lifesaving skills workshops and conducts sports activities for the local youth. Indian Armed forces not only protect us but also are involved in welfare activities for residents in border areas.
The Indian Armed Forces and the CAPFs and NDRF conduct rescue missions during any natural calamities, be it floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and provide citizens with rations and medical supplies. Indian Navy and Air India was praised worldwide when it rescued over 5000 civilians which included over 1300 foreign nationals from war-torn Yemen during Operation Rahaat.
When the Government of India announced lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic the Indian Army was on its toe and set up a number of COVID hospitals for civilians and put in efforts in the fight against COVID-19. They showered our frontline workers with flower petals as a mark of respect and tribute to our COVID warriors. Indian Army UN peacekeepers have been praised all around the world for their professionalism and welfare activities during UN peace-keeping missions and have been awarded multiple times by the United Nations. Indian Armed Forces are on their toes in each and every calamity our nation faces. They are the last argument of the State, after them, there is nobody hence when we write something about our Armed Forces it is more important what we don’t write than what we write keeping in mind the sensitivities of a soldier and their families.
Indian Armed Forces stand true to the Chetwoad Motto.
The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time.
The honour, welfare, and comfort of the men you command come next.
Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.