What is a Regiment?
A Regiment is in most armies, a body of troops headed by a colonel and organized for tactical control into companies, battalions, or squadrons. French cavalry units were called regiments as early as 1558. The Regiment word is derived from the Latin regimen,means a rule or system of order, and describes the regiment’s functions of raising, equipping, and training troops. As there are different regiment separated with the name and acquired individuality, coat of arms, dress code or uniform, insignia and achievement in battle.
Talking about the Rajput Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army with the highest number of gallantry awards and most number of PVCs (Param Veer Chakras). Rajput Regiment center is in FatehgarhUttarpradesh. Their insignia a pair of crossed Katars (Rajput daggers) flanked by 3 Ashoka leaves on either side. The motto of the Rajput Regiment is Sarvatra Vijay (Victory Everywhere) and the war cry is “BolBajrang Bali Ki Jai” (say victory to Lord Hanuman) sent shivers down the spine of the enemy, as the fierce ‘Rajputs’ who could also be Gujjars, Brahmins, Bengalis and like, Subedar Khan, a proud Muslim, but still collectively and simply ‘Rajput’ soldiers, and true patriots. Rajput is composed primarily of troops from the Rajput, Ahir, and Gurjar community. In 1945, the class composition of the regiment was 50% Rajput and 50% Muslim.
There are different battalionsworking on Rajput Regiment. In 1922 the infantry regiments of the British Indian Army were reorganized and all the Rajput regiments. Rajput Infantrywere amalgamated to become battalions of the new 7th Rajput Regiment as follows:
2nd Battalion, 15th Bengal Native Infantry (1798–1857)
31st Bengal Native Infantry (1857–1861)
2nd Bengal Native Light Infantry (1861–1876)
2nd (The Queen's Own) Bengal Native Light Infantry (1876–1897)
2nd (The Queen's Own) Rajput Bengal Light Native Infantry (1897–1901)
2nd (The Queen's Own) Rajput Light Infantry (1901–1911)
2nd Queen Victoria's Own Rajput Light Infantry (1911–1922)
2nd Battalion, 16th Bengal Native Infantry (1798–1824)
33rd Bengal Native Infantry (1824–1861)
4th Bengal Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry (1861–1890)
4th (Prince Albert Victor's) Bengal Infantry (1890–1897)
4th (Prince Albert Victor's) Rajput Regiment, Bengal Infantry (1897–1901)
4th Prince Albert Victor's Rajputs (1901–1922)
69th Bengal Native Infantry (1824–1828)
47th Bengal Native Infantry (1828–1861)
7th Bengal Native Infantry (1861–1883)
7th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Bengal Native Infantry (1883–1893)
7th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Rajput Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry (1893–1903)
7th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Rajput Infantry (1903–1922)
1st Battalion, 30th Bengal Native Infantry (1798–1824)
59th Bengal Native Infantry (1824–1861)
8th Bengal Native Infantry (1861–1897)
8th (Rajput) Bengal Infantry (1897–1901)
8th Rajput Infantry (1901–1922)
2nd Extra Battalion, Bengal Native Infantry (1825–1828)
70th Bengal Native Infantry (1828–1861)
11th Bengal Native Infantry (1861–1885)
11th Bengal Infantry (1885–1897)
11th (Rajput) Bengal Infantry (1897–1901)
11th Rajput Infantry (1901–1922)
10th (Training) Battalion:
Regiment of Lucknow from loyal elements of the 13th, 48th and 71st Bengal Native Infantry (1857–1861)
16th Bengal Native Infantry (1861–1864)
16th (The Lucknow) Bengal Native Infantry (1864–1885)
16th (The Lucknow) Bengal Infantry (1885–1897)
16th (The Lucknow) Rajput Bengal Infantry (1897–1901)
16th Rajput Infantry (The Lucknow Regiment) (1901–1922)
Battle Honors for Rajput Regiment
Naushera, Zoji La, Khinsar, Madhumati River, Belonia, Khansama and Akhaura.
Rajput Regiment is one of the Regiment of Indian Army who was honored bymost of the Awards and chakra.
- - 1 ParamVir Chakra
- - 1 Ashok Chakra
- - 5 ParamVishishtSeva Medals
- - 7 MahaVir Chakras
- - 12 Kirti Chakras
- - 5 AtiVishishtSeva Medals
- - 58 Vir Chakras
- - 20 Shaurya Chakras 4 YudhSeva Medals
- - 67 Sena Medals
- - 19 VishishtSeva Medals
- - 1 Bar to VishishtSeva Medal
- - 1 Padma Shri.
While talking about the current situation from all battalions of the Rajput Regiment, 17 Rajput has a special place in present day of the Indian Army. This placement raised during the time of ‘Quit India Movement’ in 1942.
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