Nepal Army observed its anniversary cum Mahashivaratri festival Friday. Army’s anniversary is taken as an occasion to exhibit its skills and also strength. It was the first time Nepal Army observed its anniversary in the new name (after recent deletion of the Royal from its name).
A dog’s performance during the NA’s anniversary at Sainik Manch, Tundikhel
Meanwhile, giving a message on the Army Day, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has expressed the confidence that Nepali Army will work as per the aspiration of Nepali people for the protection and promotion of democratic norms and values.
Likewise, Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Rookmangud Katawal has also expressed commitment to the democratic norms and values, its apolitical image respect to national and international humanitarian laws, rule of law.
Till last year, it was loyal to the King and the palace. However now, it is supposed to be loyal to the civilian government. The army also broke the tradition of previous years that the King was the Chief Guest of the Army Day function. Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Rukmangad Katawal observed the function as the Chief Guest.This gave me a curiosity to observe the occasion. Here are a few pictures that I could shoot while observing the occasion.
The Sainik manch with dignitaries
The band Master guides through the musical performances
Musical performance -1
Musical performance -2
Parachutists in the sky
Parachutists approaching the ground
Parachutists – 3
The crow and the Parachutist
Up above the sky so high ….
Dog Show -2
Weaponries in the exhibition -1
Weaponries in the exhibition -2
Weaponries in the exhibition -3
Heavy weaponries at the Khulla Manch after exhibition
Tanks and other carrier vehicles
A statue if Rana time Prime Minister at the corner of Tundikhel
(All pics Indra Dhoj Kshetri)