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    Gorkha regiments (India)

    Since the independence of India in 1947, as per the terms of the Britain–India–Nepal_Tripartite_Agreement, six Gorkha regiments, formerly part of the British Indian Army, became part of the Indian Army and have served ever since. The troops are Gorkhas, residents of Nepal and have a history of courage in battle, evident from the gallantry awards won by Gorkha soldiers and battle honours awarded to Gorkha battalions, both before and after joining the Indian Army. A seventh Gorkha Rifles regiment was re-raised in the Indian Army after Independence to accommodate Gorkha soldiers of 7th Gurkha Rifles and the 10th Gurkha Rifles who refused to transfer to the British Army.


    Currently there are 39 battalions serving in 7 Gorkha regiments in the Indian Army. Six regiments were transferred from the British Indian Army, while one was formed after independence;
    1 Gorkha Rifles 5 battalions (previously 1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)).
    3 Gorkha Rifles 5 battalions (previously 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles).
    4 Gorkha Rifles 5 battalions (previously 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles).
    5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) 6 battalions (previously 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force)).
    8 Gorkha Rifles 6 battalions.
    9 Gorkha Rifles 6 battalions.
    11 Gorkha Rifles 7 battalions and one TA battalion (107 Inf Bn (11GR) (raised after the independence of India).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorkha_regiments_(India)

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    Dogra Regiment

    The Dogra Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army, formerly the 17th Dogra Regiment when part of the British Indian Army.


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    The regiment has the Dogra people from the Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and the hill regions of Punjab. The current regiment was formed in 1922 through the amalgamation of three separate regiments of Dogras as the 17th Dogra Regiment. They were:
    1st Battalion - Formerly the 37th (Prince of Wales's Own) Dogras
    2nd Battalion - Formerly the 38th Dogras
    3rd Battalion - Formerly the 1st Battalion, 41st Dogras
    10th (Training) Battalion - Formerly the 2nd Battalion, 41st Dogras

    The 41st Dogras were an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. They could trace their origins to 1900, when they were raised as the 41st (Dogra) Bengal Infantry.After World War I the Indian government reformed the army moving from single battalion regiments to multi battalion regiments.[1] It dropped 17th from its title in 1945 and was allocated to India upon its independence in 1947.

    Enlisting in the army is seen as an honourable pursuit for Dogras, with the earnings of the soldiers of the regiment forming a sizeable part of the local economy. The regiment currently has 18 battalions. The 1st Battalion was reroled in 1981 to become the 7th Battalion, Mechanised Infantry Regiment.

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    The Garhwal Rifles

    The Garhwal Rifles is a light infantry or 'rifle' regiment of the Indian Army. It was originally raised as the 39th Garhwal Rifles of the Bengal Army, became part of the old Indian Army, and received its present name on Indian independence. It served during the Frontier campaigns of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, as well in both the World Wars and the wars fought after Independence. Mainly made up of Garhwali soldiers, this regiment has a distinguished record and a unique identity. Today it is made up of more than 25,000 soldiers, organised into nineteen regular battalions (i.e. 2nd to 19th) and the Garhwal Scouts, who are stationed permanently at Joshimath. The 1st Battalion has been converted to a mechanised infantry unit as part of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment as its 6th battalion.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garhwal_Rifles

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    Jammu & Kashmir Rifles

    The Jammu & Kashmir Rifles is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army. The Jammu & Kashmir State Forces was the only former Princely State Forces of India to be absorbed into the Indian Army as a distinct and separate Regiment. In 1963, the designation was changed to Jammu & Kashmir Rifles. After the conversion, the Ladakh Scouts came under the aegis of the Regiment, where it remained until raised as a separate Regiment in 2002.

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    Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry

    The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAK LI) is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.
    The regimental center is in Srinagar's Airport Complex at Avantipur with a small winter setup near Jammu. It's regimental insignia consists of a pair of crossed rifles. The motto of the regiment is Balidanam Vir Lakshanam (Sacrifice is a characteristic of the Brave).
    The regiment mostly consists of volunteers from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It has 50% Muslims while the rest represent other ethnic groups from the state.

    In response to the Pakistani invasion of Kashmir in 1947, local militias were raised for specific sectors, such as Jammu, Leh, Nubra, etc. The militias were a paramilitary force under the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and operated on the Line of Control.[2] Following the Sino-Indian War of 1962, in 1963 the 7th and 14th Battalions of the J&K Militia were spun off to form the Ladakh Scouts.

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    Arunachal Scouts

    Arunachal Scouts is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army. It was raised to defend India's border with Tibet in Arunachal Pradesh. It specializes in mountain warfare.


    The proposal to raise the Arunachal Scouts along the lines of the illustrious Ladakh Scouts for defending the border with China was proposed by former Indian Army chief and Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, General J. J. Singh, in 2008. The proposal was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2009.[1]
    The first battalion was raised in 2010.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunachal_Scouts

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    Default Pakistani General adds his views

    The men who witnessed the Kargil fiasco continue to spill the beans. Lt Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz, a former chief of general staff of Pakistan Army who has till now kept his peace about what he witnessed in the summer of ’99, says the ‘misadventure’ was a four-man show the details of which were hidden from the rest of the military commanders initially.
    There is more to come, the General, who also served at ISI, is about to publish a book. Needless to say what he say now is noteworthy.

    Link:http://dawn.com/2013/01/29/kargil-ad...-show-general/
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    A peek at the summer course of High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBZbu-Y0pfE

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    Default A stitch in time saves nine

    A short excerpt from a new book 'The Evolution of India’s Israel Policy' on how India's disadvantages at the time of the Kargil crisis enhanced the Indo-Israeli relationship, it describes how India turned to Israel after finding itself short of crucial surveillance and military equipment. The link refuses to allow citing passages.

    Link:http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantag...aeli-relations

    Link to Amazon.uk:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-Indias-Israel-Policy-International/dp/0199450625 and publisher:http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199450626.do
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