Eastern Command of the Indian Army celebrated its 103rd Raising Day at its Headquarters in Fort William on Wednesday, 01st November 2023.
On this special day, Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C Eastern Command laid a wreath at Vijay Smarak to pay tribute to Bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in the service to the nation. The Eastern Army Commander assured that the Command is operationally ready at all times and continues to develop its capabilities to face any present or future challenges. He conveyed best wishes to all officers, troops, and defence civilian employees of HQ Eastern Command. Commending the tireless efforts of all personnel of the HQ on the occasion of Command’s Raising Day, he called upon everyone to continue working with dedication and devotion in the true traditions of the Indian Army.
Headquarter Eastern Command was raised on 1st November 1920. The Command was raised at Lucknow under General Sir H Hudson, with territorial jurisdiction over Delhi, UP, Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Assam. Thereafter owing to operational commitments, the Command Headquarters shifted to Barrackpore, Ranchi, and Lucknow before permanently settling down in Fort William, Kolkata in the immediate wake of 1962 Sino – Indian War.
Eastern Command covers the geographical area spread over eight states, overseeing 8350 kms of land borders of India. The Command is responsible for guarding borders with five countries, a task it has carried out with distinction. It has also actively participated in all major wars fought by the Country. However, its crowning glory was the 1971 War which led to the creation of a new nation “Bangladesh”. Over the years, the “WARRIORS OF THE EAST” have time and again proved themselves as a formidable professional force capable of safeguarding the territorial integrity of the Nation and leading highly successful counter insurgency operations in the affected regions of North East.
Eastern Command as the guardians of East has been involved at every level to bring in meaningful changes in the lives of the people through Operation SADBHAVANA and Operation SAMARITAN schemes which have left an indelible impact on the lives of the local population. Be it humanitarian assistance, disaster relief operations or restoring law and order, the Command has acquitted itself in an exemplary manner reinforcing the Nation’s faith in it’s Army.
Source: Indian Army