For millions of us, the Indian Army has been a source of inspiration, of immense courage and of trustworthy, reliable men who will come to your rescue whether the clouds burst or buildings collapse.
Proving that this trust is in no way unwarranted, army troops rushed to the relief of villagers stranded in a village in Uttarakhand.
Last week, a massive cloudburst in the Malari area of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, led to a landslide. The forested, uneven terrain and gushing rivers coupled with the torrential rain, spelt trouble for the villagers and at least four people were reported to be dead following this natural disaster.
Flowing with full force and sparing nothing on its way, a river dividing the districts of Rathgaon and Chamoli destroyed a bridge that connected them.
The bridge was the only way that villagers could pass the river.
This destruction meant that over 40 families were stranded in their village with no way to cross the river if disaster struck.
However, the Field Engineer Company of the Indian Army was quick to rush to the site. Within a day and a half, the men built a footbridge to connect the two Uttarakhand districts.
The river was flowing heavily below, and heavy rain pelted the soldiers from above, but none of this stopped them from performing their duty.
This is certainly not the first time that the army is helping to rebuild broken bridges. The Elphinstone bridge tragedy in Mumbai is another example of how the army had stepped up to help. You can read about how the Railways developed their budget to ensure that such a tragedy does not occur again, here.
Just as the Indian Army is always at our service whenever need be, many civilians too, try to help our soldiers at the border. Sonam Wangchuk, for instance, has developed eco-friendly solar heated mud huts for the army troops stationed at Siachen. You can read about this brilliant innovation here.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)