NEW DELHI: Army chief Gen M M Naravane on Wednesday hailed the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 as a “historic step” and said the move has disrupted the proxy war by the “western neighbour”, apparently referring to Pakistan without naming it. The armed forces have a “zero tolerance against terrorism”, he said in his address at the 72nd Army Day function in the Cariappa Parade Ground here.
“We have many options to counter those who promote terrorism and we will not hesitate to use them,” he said. General Naravane asserted: “We will respond in equal measure.”
Researchers in the US have built the first ever “living robot”, or xenobot, by engineering bits of frog embryo to behave like “living, programmable organisms,” an advance that may lead to computer-designed “life forms” capable of delivering drugs into the human body, clean up radioactive waste, collect microplastics in oceans or even scrape out plaque from arteries. General Naravane also conferred medals to the jawans at the Parade ground in Delhi Cantonment area.
During the occasion, a woman Indian Army Captain Tanya Shergill, who is from the fourth generation Indian Army family, led an all-men parade at the event.
Earlier in the day, chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Narawane, chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh paid tribute at the National War Memorial.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh extended greetings on the occasion of the Army Day.
President Kovind said: “On Army Day, greetings to the valiant men and women of the Indian Army, to veterans and to their families. You are our nation’s pride, the sentinels of our liberty. Your immense sacrifice has secured our sovereignty, brought glory to our nation and protected our people. Jai Hind!”
Modi hailed the Army for its valour and professionalism. “It is also respected for its humanitarian spirit. Whenever people have needed help, our Army has risen to the occasion and done everything possible! Proud of our Army,” Modi tweeted.
The defence minister said, “On Army Day today, I salute all valiant Indian Army personnel and recall with pride their indomitable spirit, valour and sacrifices in making India a safer place.”