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Indian Army, a professional and formidable fighting machine : President of India
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 9/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

President Pranab Mukherjee has said that on all fronts and by any parameter, the Indian Army was a thoroughly professional and formidable fighting machine, held in awe both by friends and adversaries.

''This achievement has been attained due to the blood, sweat and toil of your illustrious predecessors'', he said, while addressing the Presidential Dinner at theOfficers Training Academy (OTA) here last night.

''In my personal capacity of having served long on the Treasury Benches and my tenure as the Raksha Mantri and now as your Supreme Commander, I have been an integral part of the Defence Services and have proudly seen our Armed Forces grow from strength to strength'', he added.

He said the Indian Army today was in the midst of a transformation and needs agile, adaptive leaders with a broad perspective and wide range of skills.

''In an era, where you will face the full spectrum of conflict, ranging from high intensity combat, peace time soldiering, peace keeping, humanitarian intervention, counter terrorism and insurgency, low intensity conflict, all in rapid succession or even simultaneously, we cannotsucceed without military leaders, who are equal to the challenge'', the President said.

''You will be expected to make sound and ethical decisions in operational and other difficult situations in a split second and you have to train hard to achieve this competence'', he added. He said the journey of OTA which began more than five decades back in 1963 was embellished with the acts of great valour and heroism by the Alumni of this Academy,a bench mark that all the passing out cadets must strive to equal.

''The courage and supreme sacrifices by many brave hearts like Major Ramaswamy Parmeswaran, Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous) and more recently Maj Mukund Varadharajan, Ashok Chakra (Posthumous), amongst many other heroes, should always be your guiding light in the years ahead that lie ahead'', Mr Pranab said, adding, he was humbled by all those brave sons of India who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our motherland.

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