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‘Integral part of our culture’: Prime Minister salutes the service of horses in the armed forces | Latest India News

Virat, the Hanoverian horse, received the Army Chief of Staff Commendation on the eve of Army Day on January 15 and was the first horse to receive the commendation for his service and his exceptional abilities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the contribution and services of horses in the armed forces as an “integral part of India’s glorious history and culture”.

The prime minister particularly praised “Virat”, the equestrian part of the president’s bodyguard regiment which retired after 19 years of service following the 73rd Republic Day parade earlier this year, calling it “well Precious” of the Indian Army Cavalry Unit.

“Horses are an integral part of our rich and glorious history and culture…I am confident that this unit (61st Cavalry) will continue to uphold the illustrious traditions in service to our Armed Forces and the nation,” said the Prime Minister in a letter sent. to Colonel HS (Billy) Sodhi (retired) on Saturday.

Colonel Sodhi had earlier written to Prime Minister Modi congratulating and thanking him for showing affection to ‘Virat’ by patting his forehead on the occasion of Republic Day. Prime Minister Modi also praised ‘Virat’ on the show ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Virat, the Hanoverian horse, received the Army Chief of Staff Commendation on the eve of Army Day on January 15 and was the first horse to receive the commendation for his service and his exceptional abilities. After the parade, the PBG announced the retirement of Virat, who participated in the event 13 times.

In his letter to Sodhi, the Prime Minister said that according to religious beliefs, the Sun God also rides a chariot of seven horses. He further wrote that the stories of heroic warriors like Maharana Pratap and Rani Lakshmi Bai having a great connection with their horses and bravery are also well known.

“Virat” and other brave horses from cavalry regiments continue this unique tradition even today, Modi said in the letter.

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