My Experience of Army Day

Army Day from an outsider's perspective

On 15th January, Army Day was commemorated in MIT and was organized by 4KAR ENGR COY, NCC. Army Day is celebrated this day every year in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa becoming the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army after General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. The day honors our Indian Army and the soldiers who have bravely fought for the safety and security of our nation.

The 4KAR ENGR COY, MIT NCC cadets worked hard for days, setting up tents and preparing for the events. I had the honor of interviewing some of them and was amazed by their confidence, determination, and zeal.

On being asked, how they manage their studies and NCC together, two cadets who are students of MIT replied that their participation in extra-curricular activities is never an excuse to lag behind in studies. NCC has taught them discipline. They told me how they have developed the habit of waking up early for NCC when most other students are sleeping in the mornings. While other students spend time in clubs, NCC cadets work hard towards their physical and mental strength.

I witnessed the 3k and 5k races and realized how although physical strength is important, making it past the finish line requires mind control, determination, resilience, and perseverance. It was afternoon yet the runners kept running for their respective institutions in the scorching heat.

I also got to witness the ‘Tug of War’, which was very entertaining. The game displayed the team spirit and enthusiasm of the participants. Even though it was 12 in the afternoon and very hot, most NCC candidates were dressed head to toe in their uniform, using up all their strength and energy to pull the rope and encouraging each other at the top of their voices. I was supporting MIT (I’m a loyal student) and was elated when they became the first runners up in Tug of War.

The prize distribution ceremony was conducted at MV Seminar Hall. I also witnessed an organized way the NCC cadets use to clap. Everyone wore their uniforms and looked very smart. I got to hear the NCC song as well.

It was a wonderful experience, and after witnessing the celebrations, I have even more respect for the NCC cadets. They lead their lives with discipline, hard work, and patriotism. Their dedication towards the event was mind-blowing. After the event, too, it was the NCC who removed the tents. I applaud them for their hard work and everything they did to make the event a successful one. Although I went to interview them, I have come back with a lot of knowledge and valuable lessons myself. They have inspired me to be persistent, strong and disciplined.

I also witnessed a beautiful amalgamation of various departments coming together to make the event successful. The students of MIT, the security, the faculty, the people at the cafeteria, and the ManipalBlog team, everyone did their job wonderfully and supported one another, which led to the successful celebration for our Indian Army. Teamwork indeed makes the dream work.

Mighty Mighty MIT!