Southern Army Commander Lieutenant General DR Soni, speaking on the eve of the 124th Raising Day of the Southern Command on Saturday, said the Army’s manpower was changing because of transitions in the social and educational setup. Keeping soldiers ready for “the battles of today and tomorrow” is one of the challenges of the future, he said. The Southern Command, India’s oldest field army, celebrates its 124th Raising Day on April 1, the day on which it was raised in Pune in 1895. To commemorate the occasion, authorities have organised a ‘military tattoo’ on Saturday and Sunday to showcase its prowess. The event is being conducted at the General Parade Ground, Race Course.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event on Saturday, Lt Gen Soni said, “41 per cent of India’s land mass is under the Southern Command’s area of responsibility. It is the largest Command in the Indian Army. We are making sure that we are well equipped and well trained… I want to assure our citizens that they are safe. We are standing strong for their protection.”