17 Jan 2022 Indian army day
- Army Day is celebrated in India every year on 15 January in memory of the soldiers and the Indian Army.
- This year India is celebrating its 74th Army Day.
- On January 15, 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa, then Lieutenant General, succeeded General Sir Francis Butcher (the last British man to hold that position) as the first Indian Commander of the Indian Army.
- M. Cariappa adopted the slogan ‘Jai Hind’ which means ‘Victory to India’. He is one of only two Indian Army officers to hold the five-star rank of Field Marshal, the other being Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
- Army Day is celebrated every year to honor the soldiers of the country, who have set the biggest example of selfless service and brotherhood and for whom patriotism is above all.
- Parade is organized in the Cariappa Parade Ground of Delhi Cantonment every year on the occasion of Army Day.
- The Indian Army originated from the armies of the East India Company, which later became the ‘British Indian Army’ and eventually, after independence, the Indian Army.
- The Indian Army was established about 126 years ago by the British on April 1, 1895.
- Indian Army is considered to be the fourth most powerful/strong army in the world.