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PM Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind greet Army personnel on Army Day

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on January 15 said the Indian Army has been pivotal in ensuring national security and the country is grateful for their service.Greeting Army personnel and veterans on Army Day, he said the soldiers have displayed professionalism, sacrifice and valour in defending the border and maintaining peace.

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“Greetings to Army personnel and veterans on Army Day. Indian Army has been pivotal in ensuring national security. Our soldiers have displayed professionalism, sacrifice and valour in defending borders and maintaining peace. The nation is grateful for your service. Jai Hind!” Mr. Kovind tweeted.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on today wished soldiers, veterans, and their families on the occasion of Army Day. Acknowledging the bravery and professionalism displayed by the Indian Army, PM Modi said that words cannot do justice to their invaluable contribution towards national safety.

“Best wishes on the occasion of Army Day, especially to our courageous soldiers, respected veterans and their families. The Indian Army is known for its bravery and professionalism. Words cannot do justice to the invaluable contribution of the Indian Army towards national safety,” PM Modi tweeted.

“Indian Army personnel serve in hostile terrains and are at the forefront of helping fellow citizens during humanitarian crisis, including natural disasters. India is proud of the stellar contribution of the Army in Peacekeeping Missions overseas as well,” he added.

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India celebrates Army Day on January 15 every year to acknowledge the importance of the Indian Army and honour the sacrifices of soldiers. On this day in 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s took over as the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Francis Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India.

On Friday, Army Chief General MM Naravane asserted that the Indian Army stands firm to counter any attempt to change the status quo along the country’s border, saying India’s desire for peace is born out of strength and should not be mistaken otherwise. Naravane’s remark came amid a months-long border standoff with China following a violent clash in the Pangong lake area in May 2020. India and China have conducted 14 rounds of military-level talks to resolve the standoff.

“We stand firm to counter any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo along our borders. Our response to such attempts has been swift, calibrated and decisive as was seen when the situation so demanded,” Naravane said during his speech on Army Day eve.

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