PUNE: The Indian Army’s Southern Command headquarters in Pune observed its 129th Raising Day on Saturday, having been in service since 1895.
On this occasion, Lieutenant General AK Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, has exhorted all citizens and soldiers to work together towards accomplishing the mission of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
Besides paying rich tributes to brave martyrs, who have laid down their lives in the service of the motherland, the Southern Command has organised various events wherein people from all sections of society have been brought together to participate in the common cause of environment protection, blood donation, improvement of education in government schools and for outreach to remote villages.
As a special gesture towards the Puneites, army bands are organising special performances and shows at Pune Race Course from March 31 to April 2.
Photo: Lieutenant General AK Singh
Southern Command is the Indian Army’s oldest and the largest, covering nearly 40% of the country’s landmass spread over 11 states and three Union territories.
The command has successfully participated in various operations, including the amalgamation of Junagarh and Hyderabad in 1947-48, the liberation of Goa in 1961, India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, Operation Pawan and, of late, Operation Vijay and Operation Parakaram.
Be it the Bhuj earthquake, floods in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bengaluru, Cyclone Tauktae or the Morbi bridge collapse, the valiant soldiers have stood by the people.
Source: Times of India