Lt Gen KJS Dhillon pays homage to fallen soldiers on Rajputana Rifles’ Remembrance Day

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Lt Gen KJS Dhillon pays homage to fallen soldiers on Rajputana Rifles' Remembrance Day
Lt Gen KJS Dhillon pays homage to fallen soldiers on Rajputana Rifles' Remembrance Day

Lt Gen KJS Dhillon pays homage to fallen soldiers on Rajputana Rifles’ Remembrance Day

Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon, Colonel, Regiment of Rajputana Rifles paid homage to fallen soldiers by laying a wreath on the Remembrance Day of the Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army, at the Delhi Cantonment.

The Rajputana Rifles is the oldest Rifle Regiment of the Indian Army with a glorious history of 245 years. Every year on 25 th November, the Regiment celebrates Remembrance Day at its Regimental Centre located at Delhi Cantt to remember its soldiers who have laid down their lives in the highest traditions of the Army safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation.

The Rajputana Rifles is  one of the senior most regiments of the Indian Army. It was originally raised in 1921 as part of the British Indian Army, when six previously existing regiments were amalgamated to form six battalions of the 6th Rajputana Rifles. In 1945 the numeral designation was dropped from the title and in 1947 the regiment was transferred to the newly independent Indian Army.The regiment was actually raised in 1775, when the  East India Company saw the bravery of Rajput warriors and recruited them to protect its operations.

While on one hand the brave fallen soldiers of the Regiment were paid obeisance in reverence to their supreme sacrifice, the General also spoke to the officers and soldiers of the Regiment to live up to the ethos and traditions of the Regiment which has the rich heritage of producing gallant warriors and glorious history of defending the nation.

Besides Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishist Seva Medal, Director General of DIA and DC IDS (INT) and Colonel of the Rajputana Rifles Regiment along with other veterans and serving officers paid homage to the national heroes.

The celebration also showcased the unrivalled and non-paralleled legacy of the Rajputana Rifles in its rich cultural heritage, glorious past and an equally promising future, the statement added. (ANI)

Since independence, the regiment has been involved in a number of conflicts against Pakistan, as well as contributing to the Custodian Force (India) in Korea under the aegis of the United Nations in 1953-54 and to the UN Mission to the Congo in 1962. As a rifle regiment it uses a bugle horn as its insignia, the same as the British Light Division, but unlike its British counterparts, the Rajputana Rifles march at the same march pace used in the Indian Army as a whole.

2 Rajputana Rifles was the first of seven Indian Army units to receive an official citation for their bravery during the Kargil War in 1999.Its motto is Veer Bhogya Vasundhara which means “The brave shall inherit the Earth”.The Battle cry of this daring Raj Rif is Raja Ramchandra Ki Jai.About 30,000 braveheart of Rajputana Rifles died in the First and Second World War.

Pratyusha Mukherjee
Pratyusha Mukherjee

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(with inputs and photos from Indian Army Official website)