The Indian Army is the largest army in the world with over 1,237,117 soldiers deployed in the frontline service. The fundamental structure of Indian Army is found dated back to approx. 10,000 years ago. The great Hindu epics of
Ramayana and Mahabharata showcase the basics of what we today know as the INA.
The army was serving during the first entrance of East India Company in 1600. When the First War of Independence occurred in 1857, the leaders of various districts collectively formed the Indian National Army and gathered to defeat them. However, the revolt failed to free India and Queen Victoria got full control of the governance and army of our nation.
Ever since then, the Army, formed from both Indian and British soldiers participated in both the
World wars and Indo-Pak separation. After that the Indo-Pak wars in 195, 1971
and the famous Kargil War in 1999 was bravely fought by Indian Army. Also the Indo-China war is a major mention in the Indian Army. Army has also achieved some spectacular
surgical strikes with the help of Indian Air Force.
The Indian Army is mandated to safeguard our country from any external aggression and internal dispute/devastation.
The current chief of all Armed Forces
(army, navy and air force) is also an Indian Army veteran
Gen. Bipin Rawat
There is a very interesting act that is constituted especially for Armed forces of India:
Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). It was enacted by the Parliament and confers special power on the members of Armed forces. They are deployed in various counter insurgency or terrorist operations where they have to deal collectively as a group. Therefore, they need some special powers and protection in the form of an enabling law.
Following are some of the tasks/actions which come under INA:
• Meeting external aggression (wars, if necessary)
• Internal security management
• Force projection
• Military assistance to friendly foreign countries (peace keeping operations)
• Humanitarian assistance
• Civil aid
• Disaster relief.
The Indian armed forces are considered to be the pride of India and Army is one of them. Various parts of Indian Army structure are deployed at various locations in the country like, Coastal Guard services, Assam Rifles, Border Security Force, CRPF, NDRF, Sahastra Seema Bal, National Security Guard, etc. They all collectively constitute and protect the country from aggressions.