The Southern Command of the Indian Army, which is based in Pune and has been in service since 1895, celebrated its 129th Raising Day on April 1. A lot of praise was also given to the brave martyrs who gave their lives for their country.
The Southern Command is the oldest and biggest part of the Indian Army. It is made up of eleven states and three Union territories, which is about 40% of India.
A press release from the Indian Army said that Lt. Gen. A. K. Singh, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Command, praised the event and urged all citizens and soldiers to work together to complete the mission of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
On Saturday, Lt. Gen. Singh was remembered at the Southern Command War Memorial by Maj. Gen. Hirdesh Sahani, who is in charge of medical services for the Southern Command.
From March 31 to April 2, Army bands put on special displays and shows at the Pune Race Course as a special gift to the people of Pune.
Before and after Independence, the Southern Command took part in a number of operations. These included the merging of Junagarh and Hyderabad in 1947 and 1948, the liberation of Goa in 1961, the Indo-Pak wars in 1965 and 1971, Operation Pawan, and, most recently, Operations Vijay and Parakram.
The Command’s formations have been very important in helping people after disasters like the Bhuj earthquake, floods in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Bengaluru, Cyclone Tauktae, and the collapse of the Morbi bridge.