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The Indian Army provides that "The Indian Army is the land component of the Indian Armed Forces which existsto uphold the ideals of the Constitution of India."
As a major component of national power,alongside the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force, the roles of the Indian Army are as follows:Primary: Preserve national interests and safeguard sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Indiaagainst any external threats by deterrence or by waging war.Secondary: Assist Government agencies to cope with ‘proxy war’ and other internal threats and provide aid to civil authority when requisitioned for the purpose."
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Main article: British Indian Army Further information: List of regiments of the Indian Army (1903)
A Military Department was created within the Supreme Government of the East India Company at Kolkata in theyear 1776. Its main function was to sift and record orders relating to the Army that were issued by variousDepartments of the Government of the East India Company
With the Charter Act of 1833, the Secretariat of the Government of the East India Company was reorganizedinto four Departments, including a Military Department. The army in the Presidencies of Bengal, Bombay &Madras functioned as respective Presidency Army until April 1895, when the Presidency Armies were unifiedinto a single Indian Army. For administrative convenience, it was divided into four commands at that point of time, namely Punjab (including the North West Frontier), Bengal, Madras (including Burma) and Bombay (including Sind, Quetta and Aden).
The British Indian Army was a critical force for the primacy of the British Empire both in India and across the world. Besides maintaining the internalsecurity of the British Raj, the Army fought in many other theaters - Anglo-Burmese Wars, First and Second Anglo-Sikh Wars, First, Second andThird Anglo-Afghan Wars, First and Second Opium Wars in China, Abyssinia, Boxer Rebellion in China.
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Main article: Indian Army during World War I