Sep-Oct 2015

  • A TRIBUTE TO THE MARATHA SEPOY
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    Speaking on occasion of Presentation of Colours to the Regiment in 1968, Dr Zakir Hussain, then the President of India, had said: “History will record that the name of the Maratha is synonymous with, and second to none in deeds of courage and devotion; the Maratha sepoy is daring and has exhibited qualities of self […]

  • THE LION OF GUREZ
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    “Sir, I wish around 15 militants come in one go and get caught in our ambush so that we neutralise them all and don’t have to lay an ambush in all places all the time there after”, were the last words of Lt Navdeep Singh at 2330 hours during a casual discussion at the Tactical […]

  • OF COURAGE AND COMMITMENT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    “I have just dealt death to two human beings – militants they might have been, but humans nevertheless. One was shot dead by my company, and the other by my hands – along with a dog and two heads of cattle – it was my hand that threw the grenade. I don’t know what I […]

  • A tribute to an officer and a gentleman
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    Many, many years ago, while still in service, I achieved a lifelong ambition to be elected Colonel of the Regiment, now 226 years old. I happened to be visiting the 16th Battalion, which was then commanded by burly Dharam Pal Thapar whose daughter is one of the first women to be commissioned into the Army. […]

  • BOOTS TO BROGUES
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    This narrative is about my transition from military to a civilian work milieu. I’m not using the word ‘Corporate’, as firstly it’s way too clichéd and secondly I’m actually not working in a corporate house. To start my story, I’ll set out from my boots days. I’m a first generation army officer, so there was […]

  • HIGH UP: MARATHAS SCALE MOUNT EVEREST
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. —Samuel Johnson An expedition planned by the Indian Army to scale Mount Everest was planned for 2007. Lt Col I.S. Thapa, SM, from the regiment was selected as the leader of this team. Around 65 percent of the expedition team and half of those who […]

  • SYNERGY WITH SERVICES
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    AIR FORCE 20 Squadron, the Lightnings is one of the most highly decorated squadrons of the Indian Air Force, which has the unique distinction of flying the famous aircraft, the Hunter for almost two decades. The Squadron has had a glorious history since its raising in 1956 and during combat flying in two air wars […]

  • THE SPECIAL FORCES CONNECT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    The Maratha Light Infantry has the distinction of contributing two Para Special Forces battalions to the Indian Army. While 2 Para, which was 3 Maratha LI, is amongst the oldest and most decorated of the army, 21 Para, was raised more recently, though the battalion draws its lineage from the Baroda state forces. 2 Para […]

  • THE MARATHAS IN PEACEKEEPING OPEARTIONS
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    That the Indian army has been at the forefront of UN peacekeeping is well known. Axiomatically then, it follows that along with their comrades from all regiments, the Marathas too have shouldered the peacekeeping responsibility across the globe. This article highlights the contribution of the Marathas. Ever since they watered their horses at River Indus […]

  • COMBATING THE NAGA INSURGENCY: A RETROSPECTIVE ACCOUNT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2015

    The Indian Army was inducted into Nagaland to combat insurgency in early fifties. 2 Maratha LI (Kali Panchvi) was the first battalion of our Regiment to be inducted in Nagaland after India’s independence. The battalion was deployed in areas East of Kohima, Chakabhana and Phek to combat insurgency. Phek, a small village then, is today […]