Khadakwasla, 23rd December 2023: In a significant ceremony held at Raj Bhavan, Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh (Retd), the Governor of Uttarakhand, flagged off the ‘Car Rally from Clement Town to Pune’ today. This rally stands as a moving tribute to Operation ‘Badli’ and marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the National Defence Academy (NDA) on January 16, 2024.
Operation ‘Badli,’ initiated in 1954 under the distinguished leadership of Maj Gen Enayat Habibullah, holds a special place in military history. The journey, symbolizing the resolute commitment demonstrated by cadets and officers during the transition, commenced near Raj Bhavan. The rally will cover key cities, including Delhi, Gwalior, MHOW, Nashik, and Mumbai, concluding at the National Defence Academy in Pune, covering a challenging 1800 kms over 6 days.
The presence of Vice Admiral Ajay Kochhar, the Commandant of the National Defence Academy, added weight to the event. The Honorable Governor of Uttarakhand, an esteemed alumnus of the National Defence Academy from the 50th Course, Charlie Squadron, graced the occasion, emphasizing his deep connection to the academy’s legacy.
Mahindra Auto’s generous sponsorship played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the rally by providing six vehicles, showcasing their commitment to supporting initiatives that celebrate valor, camaraderie, and national pride.
In commemorating the bravery and sacrifices resonating with the NDA’s legacy, today’s rally not only pays homage but also stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Indian Armed Forces. This occasion serves as a reminder of our shared commitment to upholding values of excellence, integrity, and nation-building.