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5:57 am - Monday November 20, 2017

Col Gill Army: Passing out parade at the Mahar regiment centre

Staff Reporter, Bhopal

Yash Siddhi (Success and Attainment), the Mahar Regiment’s motto reverberated in a grand and impressive Passing out ceremony organised at Snusuya Prasad Parade ground of Mahar Regiment Centre, Sagar. 179 Young Soldiers took oath of affirmation to serve the nation in presence of tricolour, after their 34 weeks of rigorous military training.

The parade was reviewed by Colonel of the Mahar Regiment, Major General Sudhakar Jee. While addressing the parade, the General Officer recounted the contribution of the gallant and brave Mahar soldiers who achieved martyrdom while serving the nation.

He further highlighted the challenging situations and motivated the young soldiers towards selfless service and to be always prepared to meet current challenges. He also expressed satisfaction at the training level of recruits.

The General presented the medals to young soldiers for excelling in various fields to include Drill, Physical Training, Firing and other disciplines. “Gaurav Padak” were also presented to the proud parents of the young soldiers by the General Officer.

The event was witnessed by large number of parents of young soldiers, army personnel, civilian dignitaries and students of local schools. Centre Commandant, Brigadier Ashit Bajpai, briefed the visitors about training infrastructure and basic techniques being used during military training of the recruits in the Centre.

Mahars have a long tradition of bearing arms. They were respected members of Shivaji’s and later Maratha armies. After the Indian Infantry was formed in the early 19th century, Mahars were part of the Bombay Presidency Army. They particularly distinguished themselves in the battle for the defence of Koregaon in 1818.

A Mahar battalion was raised in 1917 and took part in the First World War but was later merged with another regiment. The Mahar Regiment was again raised in 1941. It fought in Burma, Persia and Iraq in the Second World War.

In 1946, the Regiment converted to the specialist role of fielding Medium Machine Guns (MMGs) and for a decade-and-a-half rendered most effective support in combat. The men carried the heavy weapons over every terrain and never failed to hold their front.

The class composition of the Regiment changed over the years to accept men from all states and classes while retaining basic Mahar composition in some battalions. The Badge is a pair of crossed Vickers MMGs with a dagger.

Battle honours of the Regiment comprise Punjab and Kashmir 1947-48, Ladakh 1962, Asal Uttar, Jaurian Kalit, Kalidhar, Tilakpur-Muhadipur, Sehjra, Harar Kalan, Parbat Ali, Thanpir and Shamsher Nagar.

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