I got up a little late today (It’s a holiday dude). Switched on the idiot box and enjoyed music on MTV. The ticker running at the bottom had a question – “How would you celebrate Independence Day?” It also adviced not be on couch and watch the idiot box but celebrate Independence Day. So, here I have the same question how would you celebrate Independence Day? Well what’s the best way to do it? We all have different opinion. My opinion learn something new about your country. India has a great history. Of course we had a part of it in our curriculum during school but not everything. So, go and explore India.

I belong to a family closely associated with the Indian Army. So, I would share with you something regarding the biggest Indian Army Regiment – ‘The Kumaon Regiment’. Kumaon Regiment is one of the crack troops of the Indian Army. It has received 2 Param Vir Chakras, 3 Ashok Chakras, 10 Maha Vir Chakras, 6 Kirti Chakras, 2 Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 78 Vir Chakras, 1 Vir Chakra & Bar and 23 Shaurya Chakras, apart from numerous other honors and awards. Major Somnath Sharma, 4th Kumaon, was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous), for the Regiment in October 1947. He was also the first individual, from the three Services, to receive the Param Vir Chakra – India’s highest award for gallantry.

The Kumaon Regiment has an interesting history. It was raised by Henry Russell, a British resident at Hyderabad. The Kumaon troops then served under the Nizam Nawab being called the Hyderabad Regiment for a period of time. During the ‘Operation Polo’ on September 17th 1948 the war ended. The state of Hyderabad was now in India. In Nov 1970 the Naga regiment was raised and joined with the Kumaon regiment. The Kumaon regiment was chosen on specific request of the Nagaland Government based on the performance of Kumaon Regiment in fighting insurgency in Nagaland.

Immediately after Independence Pakistan invaded Kashmir Valley. Maj Somnath Sharma’s company of 4th Kumaon came to defend India. Also, in 1962 the C company of 13 Kumaon defended the ‘Chusul’ at Rezang-La in Ladakh. It was here that Maj Shaitan Singh of 13 Kumaon laid down his life in action. In 1971 war against Pakistan, battalions from the Kumaon and Naga Regiments played significant role in helping Bangladesh attain freedom. There are various other operations where the troops of Kumaon Regiment have brought laurels to India.

Well that’s is about the Kumaon Regiment. There’s a lot more to explore about them. Also check this out to refresh your memory about Independence.

Today in Kashmir many hoisted black flags in protest. All this because of Amarnath Land controversy. Arre yaar keep the land with government both Hindus and Muslims can use it that way. Is this a way to celebrate Independence. Are we really Independent. May be we are that’s the reason every now and then cities face a total shut down due to some protest. We are either Independent to protest or we are all slaves of a protest.

One Response to “Independence Day”
  1. Dr Yasser Mallick S/O Maj Gen W M Khairwi(Retd)AVSM,VSM says:

    Dear Sir,

    I salute your ROBUST essay and sayings.God Speed!

    Dr Yasser from USA

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