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Facts about our Indian forces

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The proud moment of life is when you see your nation and the national flag on the top. You must have felt the happiness from the bottom of your heart after looking at the Indian army parade, You must have felt the goosebumps while looking at the uniform of our Indian army.

India with the total number of 13.62 lac soldiers is the world’s second-largest army. But in terms of military power, India is on the 4th position after America, Russia, and China. Our Indian soldiers are always awake just to make sure that we can sleep peacefully, they protect us and our motherland India from the evil enemies.

Do we ever think about knowing the way of working of our Indian army, or else do we know those interesting facts about our three renowned armies which makes them different from the world? Although the way of working of all the three armies of India is different from each other, all of them are identified as the brave soldiers of the country. Some stay on the ground and protect the borders of the country, some of them protect via air, and some stay in the water and keep a watch like an eagle eye on the enemies of India.

Do you know that there are different ways to salute the 3 armies of India? Today we are going to talk about the interesting facts and the strength of the Indian army which is the identity of our three armies.

Let’s begin with the Indian Army.

Indian Army

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Indian Army is the world’s 3rd largest army. It ensures national security and plays a major role in controlling the problems. Siyachin glacier is the world’s highest battlefield and you will be happy to know that it is controlled by our Indian army. Only 3 countries around the world have horse calvary, and our Indian army is one of them.

Indian army soldiers salute by putting placing an open palm with there forehead. During this, the palm of the soldiers remains completely open. The middle figure is almost touching the hatband or eyebrow. It is also a way to show respect to our seniors. This type of salute means that there is no weapon in their hands and their intentions are noble.

Indian Air Force

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The flag of the Indian air force was adopted in 1951. The Indian air force flag is blue in color, on its 1st quadrant, there is a national flag. ( Planes logo & Indian air force flag was changed more than 4 times.

Flying officer Nirmal jit Singh Sekhon was the first and only Air force officer who was awarded Param veer Chakra posthumously for his bravery after the India-Pakistan war of 1971.

The Indian air force has a base in Tajikistan namely Farkhor airbase which is located in Farkhor. This is the first and the only military base which is out of our country.

Indian air force personnel give salute by bending the open palm at a 45-degree angle. This position of the arm during the salute reflects the move of the air force towards the sky. Before March 2006, the method of saluting the Indian air force was similar to that of the Indian army, but after 2006 it was changed. 

Indian Navy

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Indian navy is the world’s first navy who send the submariner for the expedition on the Mt. Everest. The expedition was lead by Lt. Commander M.S Kohli in the year 1965.

After the terrorist attack 26/11 Indian navy has started a patrolling unit named Sagar Parihar Bal (SPB). To keep an eye on the coastal waters.

Chatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle is known as the father of the Indian Navy. To protect the sea trades Chatrapati built a strong naval force on the coast of Konkan and goa.

In the Indian Navy, the salute is given by tilting the open palm towards the ground. For the salute in the navy, the palm is held with the head parts in such a way that it forms an angle of 90 degrees between the palm and the ground. There is an interesting story behind this. Years ago the hands of navy officers got dirty by working on ships. So while saluting they kept there hand down, so that the dirt would not be seen and the senior was not insulted.

These are some of the Interesting and unknown facts about our Indian forces. I know after reading this you all must be amused, but just this much article is not enough to tell the bravery of our soldiers. Because many more to come.

Jai Hind…..              


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Hello, I am Yeshi Upadhyay. Pursuing (Final year) Bachelor of journalism and mass communication. An aspiring journalist and a content writer, with a passion for ground reporting and anchoring.