Chandigarh  : October  6:  The Kharga Corps of the Indian Army celebrated its 45th Raising Day today. To commemorate the occasion the Corps Commander, Lt Gen MM Naravane, paid homage to the valiant soldiers who were martyred in the service to the Nation. The General Officer then inaugurated the newly constructed Kharga Sainik Institute set up for Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks and their Families. Barakhana was attended by all Officers and men along with their families. Also planned during the course of events is a get-together with Veterans on 07 October as a mark of respect for their valuable contribution to the Army.

Since its raising in Krishna Nagar, West Bengal in 1971. Lt Gen TN Raina, MVC (who later became the Chief of Army Staff) was its first Corps Commander. The Corps was raised in order to carry out operations in the Eastern Theatre, where there was a warlike situation. It proved its mettle in battle capturing important towns of Khulna, Jessore, Jhenida, Magura, Faridpur and large swathes of territory between the Ganges and Padma River. Subsequently the Corps shifted to the Western Theatre of our country where it was initially Headquartered in Chandimandir and later moved to Ambala, in 1985.

The formation sign of the Corps is the ‘Kharga’ or Scythe – the mythological weapon wielded by Maa Kali to decimate her enemies. The ‘Kharga Corps’ adopted its name from a two hundred years old Kharga which was presented by the Raja of Krishnanagar to the Corps on its raising. The ‘Kharga’, a prized possession finds a pride of place in the Kharga Officer’s Mess, at Ambala Cantonment.

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