It is the 19th largest of the 29 states of India. With a population of just over a million, the state ranks 20th in the country and has 20 times less the population of its immediate neighbour – of which it was once part – Uttar Pradesh.
Uttarakhand can brag about being the state that sends the highest numbers of officers in the Indian Army per capita of the population.
At the 2016 passing out parade of young officers at the Indian Military Academy, 52 soldiers were from Uttarakhand.
Uttar Pradesh is the state that has been sending the highest numbers of officers to all three services for the last many years, but when divided by the state’s population it falls behind Uttarakhand.
This year 78 cadets from Uttar Pradesh graduated from the IMA as young Indian Army officers. When seen in the backdrop of the population of approximately 204 million of the state, it comes to around 0.00000039.
Compare this with Uttarakhand’s 0.0000052 per capita of the population.
Haryana too has been sending in very high numbers of brave officers to the Indian Army.
In 2013, 70 cadets were from the state. In 2014, the number was 62. That same year, 57 cadets who graduated were from Uttarakhand.
Haryana has a population of over 25 million.
This year’s Sword of Honour too has gone to a cadet from Uttarakhand, Academy Cadet Adjutant (ACA) Rajendra Singh Bisht.
Uttar Pradesh leads the numbers of overall recruits in all three wings of the Indian armed forces. One should note here that once the officers cross over the ‘Antim Pag’ they become the sons and daughters of India.