Indian Army annually celebrates the Army Day on 15th January to honour the contribution and sacrifices of the Indian Soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty towards the nation.
The 15th January 2021 marks the celebration of the 73rd Army Day by the Indian Army.
On 15th January 1949, Lieutenant General KM Cariappa was appointed as the first Indian Commander in Chief of the Indian Army who took over from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.
About KM Cariappa:
i.KM Cariappa is one of the only two officers of Indian Army to hold a five star rank of Field Marshal.
ii.He led the western front of the Indian force during the 1947 Indo Pak war.
The Indian Army organised “Vijay Run” a marathon to commemorate the celebration of Swarnim Vijay Varsh, India’s victory against Pakistan in 1971.
Army Day Parade:
i.The 73rd Army Day parade was organised at the Parade Ground, New Delhi.
ii.The soldiers of the Indian Army showcased the done swarming capabilities using 75 indigenously designed and developed drones and executed an array of Artificial Intelligence(AI )enabled simulated offensive missions.
iii.This is one of the projects of Indian Army using AI, which has been incubated with Indian Start up.
Initiatives of Indian Army:
i.Under the “Make In India” initiative the Indian army has identified 29 projects worth Rs.32000 crore for the modernization of Indian army.
ii.The Indian army has undertaken an array of Technology initiatives in coordination with startups, Private sectors, MSMEs, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).
“Weather it like Indian Army” Campaign:
i.To commemorate the 73rd Army Day, Bharti AXA Life Insurance has launched its campaign “Weather it like Indian Army”, dedicated to the personnels of Indian Armed Forces.
ii.The campaign comprises the real life experiences of the Indian Armed Forces including the experiences of Veterans and soldiers in extreme terrain.
Aim of the campaign:
To engage with the personnels of Indian Army, their families and the citizens across the nation over social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Bharti AXA Yoddha:
i.Bharti AXA Yoddha, a channel of Bharti AXA Life Insurance dedicated to the Indian armed forces.
ii.The Yoddha sales team consist of former armed force personnels who understand the requirements of the personnels of Armed forces and paramilitary persons and provide suitable financial solutions.
To provide ethical, transparent and cost efficient services to address the saving and protection needs of the personnels of armed forces, paramilitary forces and police forces.