“Old is gold” the old and golden proverb itself, which suits perfectly to Indian Miliraty Academy(IMA),dehradun. IMA grows 75 yrs old, celebrating its own glory of past and present. The instituion once started with 40 cadets, now comprise of 1900 cadets and giving this many officers to the country every year.
The institution who embibe its credo in cadets, in its journey as a cadet to an officer, says “The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time. The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.”
Last night, i was watching NDTV show on completion of 75 Yrs of IMA with its cadets and officer. For great surprise, an ex-officer, 94 yr old , from the first batch of IMA,dehradun was on the show. Thats a great honour and fortunate for all to talk to him.He personality reflects the persona of defence person. A cadet, who left IIM and joined IMA, said the thing he liked the most till now in IMA was “GYPSY-HEIGHT”. The name given by his commanding officer to a job,which they have to perform everyday. He joined IMA, leaving a lucrative job of comfort, because he wished to take challenges in day to day life and above all the wish to live a life of an honour and passion which he can`t get in that alluring job.
A Major narrated a small incidence of a war to describe the culture of army. Once an officer got injured near to the enemy line, a soldier of his battalion came to save his life overcoming the danger around. Officer asked the soldier,” Why you came to save me, on keeping your life in danger?”. Soldier replied, If i will not save you then who will save you?”. Thats a thing which indian army inculcates in themselves.