Lucknow: Marking the 76th Army Day with dazzling displays of courage and cutting-edge technology, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh declared that the Indian military is not just safeguarding tradition, but actively driving positive change through innovation. Addressing the 'Shaurya Sandhya' event at Lucknow Cantonment, Singh hailed the unwavering support of the government, emphasizing how the "Ministry of Finance readily releases funds sought by the Ministry of Defence, showcasing their dedication to our soldiers."
While stressing the unique character of Indian soldiers, Singh identified patriotism, courage, humanity, and loyalty to the Constitution as their defining qualities. He elaborated, "The contribution of our soldiers in UN peacekeeping missions, disaster relief, and the respect they showed to 90,000 Pakistani troops during the 1971 war prove their unwavering humanity. Unlike some neighboring countries where disconnects exist between the military and constitutional values, our military's devotion is unmatched and globally recognized."
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh emphasized the army's embrace of modernity, stating, "The country is witnessing how our military is continuously equipping itself with advanced weapons/technologies powered by drones and artificial intelligence. We are also seeing the growing role of women in the Armed Forces, proving that tradition needn't be static but can evolve with the times."
The Shaurya Sandhya event captivated the audience with a series of breathtaking displays. Daredevils of the Indian Army's motorcycle team stunned onlookers with their stunts, while Remount Veterinary Corps showcased their equestrian expertise. Static displays of cutting-edge equipment like Akash Missiles, K9 Vajra, anti-drone systems, and Bofors guns offered a glimpse into the army's formidable arsenal.
The evening culminated in a heart-stopping combat free fall from 8,000 feet by 12 Indian Army personnel, followed by mesmerizing aerial shows from Su-30 MKI fighters, the Surya Kiran aerobatic team, and Advanced Light Helicopters.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh concluded, "Events like Shaurya Sandhya bring people closer to our soldiers, showcasing their preparedness and inspiring our youth to join the Armed Forces or serve the nation with the same dedication and commitment."
With its focus on innovation, unwavering dedication, and unwavering commitment to constitutional values, the Indian military appears firmly poised to face the challenges of the future while staying true to its proud legacy.