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On Army Day, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir among others pay tribute to India’s heroes

Sports Minister Rajyvardhan Singh Rathore, cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina among others paid tribute to the Indian Army.

cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2018 16:16 IST
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Army Day is celebrated on January 15 in India, in recognition of Field Marshal KM Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on January 15, 1949.
Army Day is celebrated on January 15 in India, in recognition of Field Marshal KM Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on January 15, 1949.(AFP)

India celebrated its 70th Army Day on Monday as tensions escalated on the border with the military involved in neutralising terrorists in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The day is celebrated to mark the occasion of Field Marshall KM Cariappa taking over as the country’s first army commander-in-chief on January 15, 1949.

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Several netizens paid tribute to the Indian Army, including sportspersons, who took to Twitter to express their thoughts. Several distinguished sportspersons have been a part of the Army, including the likes of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist who currently is the union sports minister.

“Our Flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it” Salutations to the Indian Army on #ArmyDay.Their dedication and selfless service towards the country is an inspiration to the world,” former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif tweeted.

Among other distinguished names who were a part of the Indian Army before switching over to pursue sports are Jitu Rai (shooting), Vijay Kumar (shooting), Ram Singh Yadav (long distance runner) and the legendary Milkha Singh (sprinting).

Rathore wrote: “Salute to band of brothers. Nation first, always and every time. #ArmyDay.”

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Boxer Vijender Singh, too, was among a few others to join in on social media. “Indian Army has time and again lived up to its tradition of valour, heroism,sacrifice & fortitude.On 70th #ArmyDay ,let us show our gratitude to the brave soldiers for their selfless service to the nation. Jai Hind! #IndianArmy #ArmyDay,” he stated.

Among other cricketers who paid their tributes to the country’s brave hearts were Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and VVS Lasman.