We have all watched the republic day parade. Every year on this day, we sit in front of our Idiot box and witness the pride of India.
The personnel of the three defense wings, that is, army, air force and navy greet each other by a salute. The salute is the highest form of respect that the Armed Forces can display. On a closer look, you’ll notice that all three have a very peculiar yet unique way of rendering a salute.
When the three chiefs salute at the ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ at India Gate, Delhi, we can see the difference. Now the question is, WHY? We have here for you, how each of our armies salute and the exact reason why it is so.
Method:- The salute rendered by an army man will be with open palms facing the person being saluted.
Reason:- The salute is rendered this way to show that they are carrying no weapons and that the other person can trust them.
Method:- The salute in navy is with the palm facing down. It has a very old cultural origin.
Reason:- Way back in the medieval times the ships were more of hand operated and the sailors kept working on operating these ships. Due to operating levers and other machinery their hands would get all greasy and extremely dirty so they saluted with palm facing down to show respect to their senior.
Indian Air Force
Method:- Earlier the salute of air force was just like that of the army with palm facing up but it evolved into what we see now. The salute of air force personnel will be at 45° from the ground.
Reason:- The salute is done at 45° from the ground showing the progress to the skies. It is like fulfilling their motto of ‘Touching the sky with glory’.
The next time you meet someone from the Indian Navy, you know exactly how to salute them.