(Last Updated on : 20/09/2018)
Honours and Awards in Indian Army
are given for safeguarding the nation from terrorists and insurgents. The officer was earlier awarded medals for exhibiting gallantry and leadership in counter-terrorist operations. Decorations and medals in the Indian Military are conferred with according to the measure of their service towards the nation. Medals are very potent motivators. The system of honours and awards dates back to time immemorial.
Honours and Awards in Indian Army during Ancient Period
The personal decorations used by the ancients as honorary awards for military achievements were crowns and wreaths, and ornaments for the neck and arm. Fillets or ribbons were also worn around the head as emblems of victory.
The Grant of Land and a share of the "War Booty" was another method of recognizing military achievements. This system has been prevalent in India since Vedic period
and is in practice even today. Land is allotted by some state governments to the gallantry award winners.
With the passage of time, it became increasingly difficult to grant land for distinguished services because of the paucity of available land. Some of the kings therefore, attempted to introduce a series of orders, decorations and Medals not only to recognise the brave deeds of the subjects but also to distinguish them from their peers.
Honours and Awards in Indian Army during British Period
During the British
times, there were more than 550 states in India
governed by Nawabs, Rajas and Maharajas. Almost all the rulers of these states have instituted various orders, decorations and medals in recognition of the brave deeds and outstanding services of their subjects. The East India Company
not only brought in British customs on medals but also introduced some new concepts.
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