Yes, we all know that the Indian army doesn’t discriminate. There is no Hindu, Christian, Parsi and Muslim in the army, all of them are “Hindustani”. But many raise question on the existence of Sikh regiment in the Indian Army.
- Why isn’t there a Hindu regiment, when there is a Sikh?
- Why isn’t there a Jain regiment, when there is a Sikh?
- Why isn’t there a Christian regiment, when there is a Sikh?
- Why isn’t there a Buddhist regiment, when there is a Sikh?
- Why isn’t there a Parsi regiment, when there is a Sikh?
Sikh regiment: All You Need To Know
Sikh regiment was formed during the British rule under British Indian Army. Basically, it was constructed so that it could recruit the army persons in such a way so that they are well aware of the regional languages. terrains, places, people and communities. The number of Muslims in the Indian Army was about 30 percent in the British Raj. After six years the number had come down to 2 percent.
Moreover, regiments are based on ethnicity, not religion. Many battalions are organised on the basis of regions and caste. Thus we have the Sikh regiment, the Marathas, the Gorkhas, Rajputana Rifles, Jat, Rajputana, Dogra, The Grenadiers, Kumaon, Bihar or Mahar Regiment. In a pre-independent era, there had been regiments called the Baloch Regiment which is now in Pakistan.
Indian Army is the one institution that has not and will not become a victim to any religious propaganda. The Army is not a communal organisation. So claiming that any regimental structure has its origins with a religious base is completely out of the question.
Some of the high-ranked Muslim army officers:
Lieutenant General P M Hariz: PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, Currently serving as the General of Southern Command
Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif: A four-star general rank officer who headed the Indian Air Force in 1980s.
Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain: PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (Bar) is a retired Three-Star General of the Indian Army.