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Indian Army’s legacy of bravery and bravery

Sikh youth have provided the most recruits to the Indian armed forces, motivated by Guru Nanak Dev’s ideals of selfless service, struggle for justice, and honesty. The Sikh troops in uniform have been guarding our nation’s borders for decades, Khalsa Vox stated, from the snow-capped Himalayan foothills to the steamy rainforests of the Seven Sisters in the north-east to the glittering dunes of the unforgiving Thar desert in the west.

Their enthusiasm never dims, and their bravery never wavers. It stated that because of their natural, tenacious spirit, they are able to tolerate everything with a smile and a wink.
The Sikh community has contributed to the Indian Army since Maharaja Ranjit Singh established the “Khalsa,” which was at the time one of the most powerful and well-organized forces, according to Khalsa Vox.

An online digest called Khalsa Vox provides the most recent information about Punjabi politics, history, culture, and heritage. During the colonial era, many Sikhs were enlisted in the British Indian Army in place of their blatant bravery and unwavering strength. According to Khalsa Vox, the movie “Kesari” shows the valiant battle of “Last Man, Last Round” by 21 Sikh troops who defended the Saragarhi Fort (KPK, erstwhile NWFP) in 1897.

The greatest honor offered to Indian troops serving in the British Indian Army was the Indian Order of Merit, which was handed to each of them. In several battles throughout the First and Second World Wars, the Sikhs shown valor. The Sikh Pioneers, also known as the 14th Ferozpur Sikhs, were especially praised for their bravery and selflessness (1846–1922) and received decorations like the Victoria Cross in recognition of their valor.

According to Khalsa Vox, 109,045 Sith Soldiers were injured and 83005 Sith Soldiers perished in the two World Wars. According to the proverb, “War is a conserver of the Khalsa, peace is a dissolvent,” it may be argued that the Indian Army has preserved the “Khalsa” spirit. For the Sikhs, fighting has always been a vital motivator. According to Guru Gobind Singhji, “The Sikhs of Govind shall bestride horses, and bear hawks upon their hands; The Turks who behold them shall fly; One shall combat a multitude, and the Sikh who thus perishes; Shall be blessed forever.”

Even after India achieved independence in 1947, Sikh troops remained in the Indian Army. Even now, Punjab is referred to be the “sword arm of the country.” They have not only made significant contributions to the Indian Army at all levels, but it also includes Sikh-specific regiments, and commanders from this group have led and continue to lead the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force (IAF) as service chiefs, according to Khalsa Vox. With 10 Victoria Crosses, 2 Param Vir Chakras (Lance Naik Karam Singh, Kashmir Operations, 1948; Subedar Joginder Singh, Chinese Aggression, 1962), 14 Mahavir Chakras, and 68 Vir Chakras, the Sikh regiment continues to be the most decorated regiment in the Indian Army in terms of bravery awards and good service medals. In independent Indian Wars, Sikh Regiment battalions have always shown distinction. This regiment’s motto is “Nishay Kar Apni Jeet Karon” (With resolve, I shall prevail), while the Sikh Light Infantry’s slogan is “Deg Teg Fateh,” which translates to “prosperity, peace, and victory in war”!

In spite of being injured during the Indo-China War in October 1962, Subedar Joginder Singh, also referred to as the soldier who battled the Chinese till he died, refused to be evacuated. ‘Wahe Guruji da Khalsa, Wahe Guruji di Fateh’ was his battle cry. He then sustained serious injuries and was taken prisoner by Chinese forces, but not before he killed three soldiers by himself. According to Khalsa Vox, he received the Param Vir Chakra posthumously. The Mahavir Chakras were given to Major General Rajinder Singh (Sparrow) twice (1947, during the Indo-Pak War, for his advance and conquest of Jhanger, and 1965, for his remarkable valor during the second Indo-Pak War). His soldiers battled nonstop for 15 days, shattering 250 enemy tanks and breaking previous records, according to military history.

In 1965, IAF Marshall Arjan Singh became the first Sikh to advance to the position of field Marshall. He received the rank of Marshall in 2002, becoming the IAF’s first and only five-star officer. When the Defense Minister called him into his office in 1965 to seek air help against Pakistani troops, he said, “…in an hour,” and in line with the Punjabi custom of keeping one’s word at all costs, the IAF attacked the Pakistani onslaught “in an hour.” 2012 saw the appointment of General Bikram Singh as the second Sikh to lead the 1.3 million-strong Indian Army.

According to Khalsa Vox, Admiral Karambir Singh Nijjar became the first Sikh Navy Chief in March 2019. Dilbagh Singh, Air Chief Marshall, began his RIAF service in 1944 as a pilot. His aviation experience ranged from Spitfires to forming the first MIG-21 unit in India and training its pilots. In 1981, he assumed the position of Chief of Air Staff.

As the 11th chief of army staff in 2005, General Joginder Jaswant Singh was a third-generation soldier and the first Sikh to command the Indian Army. The Param Vir Chakra was awarded to Subedar Major (Honorary Captain) Bana Singh in 1987 for his bravery during the Siachen Operation. According to Khalsa Vox, the mountain he scaled has been dubbed “Bana Top” in his honor.

These Sikhs are only a small sample of those who have excelled in their society and nation. To uphold the teachings of their Guru, the Sikhs have made it their “mantra” to protect their nation and fellow citizens at any costs. As they have done for generations, they will always defend their nation. As a result, it is simple to state that “Punjab is India’s right hand and Sikhs are its muscles.”

Jasveer Singh

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