17TH POST-WAR MEETING OF THE MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY REGIMENT

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The MARATHA Light Infantry Regiment, one of the oldest regiments in the Indian Army with a proud and rich history of over 250 years, celebrates its XVIIe Post-war meeting at the MARATHA light infantry regimental centre, Belgaum
Oct. 15, 2022 to Oct. 17, 2022 with theme of ‘Synergy’ highlighting operational bonhomie and camaraderie between all affiliated units not only of Indian Army but also with sister services including Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.

The MARATHA Light Infantry is one of the finest and oldest regiments in the Indian Army with a glorious history spanning over 250 years filled with the sparkling crystals of our heritage and the exceptional qualities of Maratha warriors par excellence. He traces his lineage back to Bombay sepoys, raised in 1768, making it the oldest light infantry regiment in the Indian Army. The history of the MARATHA Light Infantry is, in essence, the brilliant saga of the heroic exploits of all those valiant men whose service and sacrifice constitute some of the brilliant chapters in the annals of the Indian Army.

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The true fighting qualities of the Marathas were adequately demonstrated during the First World War (1914-1918) during the long Mesopotamian campaign, the MARATHA battalions covered themselves with glory. World War II also saw the MARATHAS at the forefront in nearly every theater of operations, be it the jungles of Southeast Asia, the deserts of North Africa, the mountains and ravines of Europe. , etc. Since its raising, the regiment has been honored with 52 battle honors,
12 Theatrical Honors, 28 Bravery Awards including 02 Victoria Cross, 05 Ashoka Chakra, 02 Padma Bhushan, 31 Param Vishist Seva Medal, 05 Mahavir Chakra, 15 Kirti Chakra, 02 Padma Shri, 44 Vir Chakra, 65 Shaurya Chakra and 421 Sena Medal for various acts of valor and bravery. The regiment has also proven itself in sports and adventure activities where its sportsmen have won medals, including an Arjuna award, in national and international sports arenas like the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other sports. other world championships.

General Manoj Pande, AVSM, MVS, CDA, SM, Army Chief of Staff will honor this historic and important occasion. Other prominent senior officers will include
Gen JJ Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC (Retd), Former Chief of Army Staff and Former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Honorary Colonel of the Regiment,

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Lieutenant General Ajai Singh, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command, Maj Gen K Narayanan, AVSM, SM, Joint Secretary (Army and TA), Government of India, Ministry of Defence, Department of Military Affairs and Colonel of the Regiment and ten Lieutenant Generals (serving and retired) and 19 Major Generals (serving and retired) and the Royal Family of Kolhapur and Thanjavur. A large number of serving and retired officers, junior officers and other ranks of the MARATHA Light Infantry Regiment are expected to join this mega event to share their experiences and memories. Additionally, to honor the contribution of the Martyr Soldiers, Veer Naris / Close Relative of the Martyr Soldiers are invited to honor the occasion.

A Commemoration Parade symbolizing the Synergy‘ among the three services will be the first major curtain-raising event. Seven contingents of
The MARATHA Light Infantry Regimental Center, Bombay Engineer Group, 34 Medium Regiment, 36 Medium Regiment, INS Mumbai, 20 Squadron Indian Air Force represented by Airmen Training School, Sambra and Indian Coast Guard Air station (Daman) will march smartly on the air from the regimental center silver military band. The parade will be commanded by Major Shashwat Dabas, a young officer from the 2n/a Battalion, The MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY and reviewed by
Lieutenant General Ajai Singh, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command and will be immediately followed by Wreath laying at the Sharqat War Memorial by senior and veteran officers, JCOs and ORs in solemn remembrance of the valiant soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the country.

The glorious history of the MARATHA regiment will be presented through
Maratha Competition which will show the deeds of Valor and Bravery of Maratha Troops after independence, drawing parallels with the gallant acts of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s era. Plus, a scintillating performance of folk dances during the cultural festival highlighting the Diversity of the Maratha regiment of its Recruitment Areas has also been planned.

The celebration will culminate with the solemn pledge of all ranks, including veterans, to strive for the glory of the regiment in all spheres of endeavour.

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