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71ST INFANTRY DAYCELEBRATIONS

Since the advent of warfare, the Infantry soldier has remained the pillar for decisive victory and imposition of National will. This crucial role makes Infantry the most predominant, indispensable and ultimate combat arm for achieving victory in war. The Infantry has been at the forefront of all operations that the Indian Army has undertaken.  Battle hardened and combat rich experienced, the Infantry has a glorious history and an enviable combat record, having been awarded 17 Param Vir Chakras and 48Ashok Chakras.

Infantry celebrates 27 October each year as the Infantry Day to commemorate the first Infantry action post independence. In response to the threat posed to the sovereignity and territorial integrity of our Nation, on this day in 1947, the leading elements of the Indian Army from 1stBattalion of the SIKH Regiment, air landed at Srinagar. This bold action by the Indian Army and resolve displayed by the Infantrymen reversed the tide of events and thwarted the nefarious designs of Pakistani Raiders aided by the Pakistan Army. Kashmir remaining an integral part of India can be attributed to the gallantry and determination of Infantry soldier in the face of all odds.

To commemorate the selfless devotion to duty of India’s gallant Infantrymen for whom sacrifice is a way of life, the ‘Infantry Day’ was celebrated on 27 October 2017 with  Wreath Laying Ceremony organised at ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’. General Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, Chief of Army Staff, Director General of Infantry and Colonels of the Infantry Regiments laid the wreaths and paid homage to the braves of the
Infantry in a solemn ceremony. Subedar (Honorary Captain) Khajur Singh, VrC (Retired) represented the veterans in the Wreath Laying Ceremony.

As part of the Infantry Day celebrations, Field Marshal KM Carriappa Memorial Lecture was also organized at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantonment. Proceedings began with welcome address by Lieutenant General YK Joshi, AVSM, VrC, SM, Director General of Infantry. Ambassador KC Singh, former Ambassador to UAE and Iran, delivered a lecture on ‘Defence Diplomacy and Management of Geo – Strategic Environment in India’s Neighbourhood’, highlighting challenges in Defence Diplomacy with India’s neighbours.

The lecture culminated with closing remarks by General Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC,Chief of the Army Staff and a vote of thanks by Director General of Infantry.

Also as part of the Infantry Day Celebration, for the first time this year, ‘Veerta ka Prateek’, as a tribute to the Infantry Soldier was organized on 29th Oct 2017in the lawns of the Iconic ‘India Gate’.During thisthree hour extravaganza, teams from various Regiments, belonging to different regions across India, displayed some spectacular precision Continuity Drill and various Martial Arts from all parts of the country.

As a tribute to our Unsung Heroes, renowned singers Shankar Ehsaan Loy and famous choreographer Remo D’Souza also performed on the occasion. The event was attended by the COAS, Senior dignitaries and veterans including families and was appreciated by one and all.

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