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16th January, 2023 Security

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Context: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh kick-started the ‘Soul of Steel’ alpine challenge, an initiative to promote tourism in border areas, at an event in Dehradun coinciding with Veterans Day.


  • The ‘Soul of Steel’ expedition will test one’s high-altitude endurance and will initially have 12 Indian participants plus six international teams, between the age group of 18 and 30 years.
  • The challenge will be spread across three months.
  • The first armed forces Veterans Day was celebrated on January, 14, 2016 coinciding with the retirement of the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa.