Recognising the significance of Indian armed forces’ veterans, the Indian Embassy in Washington on Monday organised ‘Varishtha Yoddha’, an occasion to honour the ex-servicemen who are actually dwelling in the US.
Greater than 140 individuals, together with some distinguished veterans who had fought in numerous wars and their households, attended the occasion right here.
“Associates, you might have served and sacrificed for mom India, with utmost sense of obligation and selflessness. You and your loved ones members as part of four million-strong Indian neighborhood are instrumental in strengthening India-US ties throughout a variety of sectors,” Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s Ambassador to the US, stated.
“Whereas no recognition and award can do justice to your contributions, in the present day’s occasion in a small manner expresses our respect and gratitude and tells you that we’re right here for you,” he stated in his admiration to the veterans. “It is a matter of satisfaction, privilege and honour for me to be part of this particular gathering.” There are individuals on this room, who’ve fought for India in 1948, 1962, 1965 or 1971, 1985, the Kargil battle in 1999 and in quite a few different operations, he stated.
“As we speak’s Varishtha Yoddha occasion is our humble effort to recognise the sacrifice and repair of our veterans and honour them for the patriotism, dedication and willingness to serve and sacrifice all for the nation.
“We stay dedicated to caring for our veterans in the identical manner as they’ve taken care of the safety of our nation,” he stated.
Mr Sandhu stated Indians veterans, wherever they go, carry the very best requirements of obligation, self-discipline and professionalism for which Indian armed forces are recognized.
“Our veterans dwelling in USA stay the flag-bearers of the traditions of our armed forces and proceed to encourage the Indian neighborhood,” he stated.
India-US strategic partnership is enriched by their knowledge, arduous work and excessive ethical values, he added.
In his tackle, Mr Sandhu stated the defence partnership between the US and India has been instrumental in intensifying quite a lot of pacts between them, together with these associated to sharing of defence expertise and cooperation in maritime safety and counter-piracy.
India has been designated as a ‘Main Defence Companion’ by US, and conducts extra army workouts with the US, than with some other nation.
Presently, an Indian naval contingent, together with a naval ship, is in Hawaii for participation, in RIMPAC naval train, Sandhu instructed the veterans.
Over the past decade, he stated, India has procured defence-related acquisitions from the US value over $20 billion.
“As we speak, Indian forces are working US defence platforms, together with transport planes, helicopters, howitzers, ships and a lot of different mild gear a lot of which have been absolutely deployed in operational and humanitarian makes use of, together with throughout the COVID pandemic to ship support and transport medical provides,” stated the Indian envoy.
“In step with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, we’re transferring ahead leveraging our comparative benefits and the chance for protection industrial collaboration, particularly to innovate, co-develop and co-produce for India and for the world,” he stated. PTI LKJ VN VN
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