DEHRADUN || Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday reviewed the passing out parade ofIndian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun where 377 gentlemen cadets (GCs) of 145 Regular Course, 128 Technical Graduate Course, including 71 GCs from ten friendly countries passed out from the portals of the Academy.
Singh wished all the GCs on the Armed Forces Flag Day and said, “Today, the whole country is celebrating Armed Forces Flag Day. Therefore, you should also take an oath that in the coming times to come you will keep the flag of our Armed Force high at all costs and circumstances.”
He further said, “Pakistan, has made terrorism its state policy. Our neighbour has lost four times in direct fights; however, it is still not shying away from its sinister design. The whole world is aware it was Pakistan where the mastermind of 9/11 attacks and head of Al Qaida was found there. The whole world also aware that terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba, who are perpetrators of 26/11, are sitting there in Pakistan”, he added.
Exhorting the GCs the Raksha Mantri said, “Therefore, you have to prepare yourself to fight terrorism bravely. Our government has adopted a multi-pronged strategy against terrorism, which has led to some positive results.” The GCs displayed tremendous enthusiasm, vigour and zeal, and put up an excellent show, marching to Military tunes of ‘Col Bogey’, ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha’ and ‘Kadam KadamBadhaye Ja’ with pride and élan.
Congratulating the GCs on successful completion of their training at IMA, the veteran BJP leader complimented all GCs for the excellent parade, immaculate turnout as well as the crisp and energetic drill movements indicating high standards of training and discipline imbibed by the young leaders.
The union minister also complimented the 71 Gentlemen Cadets from friendly counties, who have been in India and at IMA for one year. He said “I am sure, you as ambassadors of your country will carry back a treasure of good memories of the place and training with you and will cherish them for a lifetime. The IMA has imparted training to you which will form the bedrock for your growth both professionally and personally and will definitely strengthen the ties between our countries”.
Rajnath Singh also announced that IMA will soon get two underpasses. These would cost 42.32 crores. These underpasses will enhance the security of IMA and be convenient for the general public.