INDIAN DEFENSE FORCES AND ITS HUMAN FACE
“MERA BHARATH MAHAN”
They are trained to fight and defend our motherland against external threats.
But over the years the three arms of our armed forces – Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force – have come to the rescue of not only the citizens of the country but also foreign nationals during times of natural calamities, international conflicts and civil wars in distant lands.
As relief and rescue operations continue in Nepal, yet again the Indian armed forces have shown that they can be relied on in times of crisis. There is no denying that India has remained at the forefront in providing succour to one and all.
From Uttarakhand to Yemen, from Kashmir to Nepal, the IAF helicopter rotors have moved, Navy’s ships have sailed and the Army personnel have walked and climbed till the last survivor has been picked, till the last food packet dropped and the last family brought to safety.
Over the years, India’s defense forces have often been the first ones to be on standby in times of crisis and have been called on to help during earthquakes, floods, international conflicts, deadly fires and so on.
It’s a call that all three arms have responded to with swiftness and urgency.
Just a few weeks ago, India’s success in evacuating its citizens from Yemen didn’t go unnoticed. A total of 23 countries requested India for help as the Navy deployed a range of military and civil assets.
On an earlier occasion in Kashmir the IAF and Army reached out when the Kashmir valley was drowned by excessive rain.
In Uttarakhand the IAF put into action all its resources, as choppers whizzed in the air. Tourists and locals, young and old were evacuated. It was ensured that all were brought to safety and were properly taken care off.
Now in Nepal, the Indian agencies are leading the effort once again, this time in foreign land.
The Indian Army is playing a supporting role to the Nepalese forces in helping the thousands hit by the worst earthquake ever. In all the cases India’s response has been competent and convincing.