A Message from Chief of the Army Staff, India

New Delhi
General M.M. Naravane
Chief of the Army Staff, India

I am pleased to learn that SP Guide Publications is releasing a special issue of SP’s Land Forces on the occasion of Army Day 2021.

Army Day 2021 assumes special significance for the Indian Army, as the Nation is celebrating Swarnim Vijay Varsh: 50 years of India-Pakistan War of 1971, which resulted in the largest military surrender after World War-II. There have been significant changes over the past five decades as new and unique challenges to national security continue to shape the threat paradigm. The Indian Army has always risen to the occasion as a critical element of National Power.

Our Army is at the cusp of major transformation. Emerging technologies have the potential to disrupt traditional norms and create new normals which are gradually changing the character of warfare. COVID-19 has been a stark reminder of the impact of non-traditional threats in the overall security paradigm. Above all, the intransigence of our adversaries continues to strengthen our resolve and determination to play a meaningful role in ensuring that our Nation retains its importance and position in global and regional affairs.

As we celebrate Army Day 2021, the somber price of these celebrations shall never be forgotten. I am confident that this special issue would inform all readers, not only of the Indian Army’s past achievements but also the initiatives that are underway to create a stronger and more efficient land force.

I wish SP Guide Publications, the very best in its endeavours.

‘Jai Hind’

(M.M. Naravane)
Chief of the Army Staff