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Ansari delivered KMC Memorial Lecture

The Infantry celebrates 27 Oct every year as the “Infantry Day” to commemorate the supreme sacrifices made by the gallant Infantryman since our independence. It was on this day in 1947, that the first Infantryman landed at Srinagar and defended that city from the raiders that were threatening to overrun it. Since that day onwards, the Indian Infantry has always been at the forefront in guarding the territory and integrity of the country.

Since 1995, another facet has been incorporated in this annual event. To commemorate the memory of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Indian C-in-C and an Infantryman, the Infantry Directorate at the Army HQ organizes the ‘Field Marshal KM Cariappa Memorial Lecture’ as part of Infantry Day Celebrations, where eminent speakers are invited to address issue of national importance.

Field Marshal Cariappa was a the first officers to receive the King’s Commission in 1919 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army on 15 Jan 1949. He was bestowed with the highest rank of Field Marshal by the Government on 14 Jan 1986.

The fourteenth Field Marshal KM Cariappa Memorial Lecture was delivered by the Chief Guest M Hamid Ansari, the Honourable Vice President of India on “Insecurity and the State : Emerging Challenges”, at DRDO Auditorium, New Delhi today. Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor and other Service Chief’s were also present. The event was organized by the Director General of Infantry.


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