Sep-Oct 2017

  • THE FIRST COLONEL OF MECHANISED INFANTRY REGIMENT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    Gen K Sundarji, PVSM, popularly known as “the thinking General”, was the guiding force behind the raising of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment. He was also the first Colonel of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment, who nurtured and steered it through its early days and provided a rock solid foundation to it. As the pioneer of nuclear […]

  • RAISING OF THE MECHANISED INFANTRY REGIMENT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    The 1965 India-Pakistan War saw hard fought battles in attrition warfare style like the one at Dograi, in which large number of casualties were taken by the infantry battalions in their operations. Moreover the infantry and armour battles during that war brought out the glaring deficiency of mobility to foot Infantry and lack of synchronization […]

  • THE MECHANISED INFANTRY REGIMENT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    I had the great honour and privilege of taking over as the Colonel of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment from the first incumbent, the illustrious and charismatic Gen Krishnaswamy Sundarji, when he retired as COAS on 31 May 1988. I was then commanding the Mechanised Division. My association with the mechanisation process goes back to the […]

  • A ‘COLONEL’ REMEMBERS
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    I was commissioned during the early years of mechanisation of our Infantry. The APC was still looked upon as some sort of a steed that you would pick up from the stables and at the end of the ride leave it with the Transport Company Commander to tend. However, the rank and file soon learnt […]

  • EVENTFUL TENURE AS COLONEL OF THE MECHANISED INFANTRY REGIMENT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    My tenure as Colonel of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment from June 1st, 2013 to July 31st, 2015 was both eventful and satisfying in that, units of the Regiment performed extremely well in their respective formations, officers of the Regiment notched up many successes in the promotion boards and selections on competitive courses, and we were […]

  • OPERATIONS, GALLANTRY AWARDEES AND WAR MEMORIAL
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    Post Mechanisation from 1979, the battalions of the regiment have been deployed in various operations and have acquitted themselves commendably. Operation BLUESTAR: A very difficult and sensitive operation as it involved eliminating terrorists from the Golden Temple. 5 Mechanised Infantry won a Kirti Chakra during this operation. Operation PAWAN: This was the codename given to […]

  • FIRST MECHANISED INFANTRY TASK FORCE AT LEH
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    Leh – Ladakh is a mountainous area with alitutdes varying from an altitude of 14000 to 18000 feet. India and China share a long border in this inhospitable terrain for a distance of over 4000 kms. Post 1962 war, efforts were undertaken to improve and modernize the infrastructure along the border. Keeping in view the […]

  • ROAD TO LADAKH
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    Seize fleeting opportunities’ is a popular dictum in battle. I believe that not only should one seize fleeting opportunities, one must also endeavour to create them, not only in battle but also in life. Carpe diem – seize the day – was my antidote to inaction. In 1988, I seized an opportunity to pioneer the […]

  • RAISING OF THE MECHANISED INFANTRY REGIMENTAL CENTRE
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2017

    The Raising The plan of raising the Regimental Centre can be traced back to the Experts Committee Report of 1975. Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre was raised and co-located at Ahmednagar along with Armoured Corps Centre and School, on 2nd April 1979, at the erstwhile disused stud farm of Remount and Veterinary Corps. A total of […]