The Legacy of Bihar Regiment
The Bihar Young Thinkers organised an event on ‘The Legacy of Bihar ‘ on the 20th of August. The Speaker Guests of the event were Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Former Chief Of Integrated Chief Staff), Sri Nitin A Gokhale (Founder and Editor In Chief of bharatshakti.in and StarNewsGlobal.Com ) and Lt. General A.K. Bakshi who has Served in the Bihar Regiment and has an experience of 39 years in The Indian Army). The Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, who hails from Purnia, Bihar, talked about the Indian Naval Ship Vikramaditya. Vikramaditya is the largest ship in the Navy and the country’s only aircraft carrier, which was formally affiliated to The Bihar Regiment, a highly decorated and battle hardened Infantry Unit of the Indian Army and the №6 Squadron of the Indian Air Force, that specialises in the maritime strike operations and operates the Jaguar fighter aircraft. He said Being in the army is not a Job, it is service to your great country.
Thereafter, Lt. General A K Bakshi talked about the history of The Bihar Regiment and its origins which is way back from the time of the British Indian Army. He shared the heroism of the Bihari troops who led the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and who preferred being blown by the guns than giving up their faith. The legend, Mangal Pandey belonged to the 34th Regiment itself. He while praising the very soil of Bihar went on to narrate the heroic tales of Veer Kunwar Singh and Birsa Munda. He shared with the participants an interesting War Cry “Bajrang Bali ki Jai” which was given by Capt. Habibullah khan Khattak and talked about the Major Operations carried by the regiments like Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 in the Kashmir Valley during 1948–49 and also 1965. The Units of the regiment have also served in UN Peacekeeping operations in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He further shared quite a few interesting facts about the BRC, Danapur which has a war museum and according to the Lt. every one must visit it once. The Lt. also talked in detail about the bravery of the Bihar Regiment in the Galwan valley clash.
The third speaker of the event, Sri Nitin A. gokhale narrated the story of Valour and courage of the 16 Bihar Regiments and remarked that the recent clash with the chinese army at the Galwan Valley will be remembered for a long time in Indian Military History.
Sri Gokhale reminisced about the Nathu La and Cho La clashes which were a series of military clashes between India and China alongside the border which saw the valiant participation of the Bihar Regiment. The Sino-Indian border remained peaceful after these incidents till 2020 China–India skirmishes. Sri Gokhale did not shy away from speaking about the movie ‘Gunjan Saxena. He said that the bollywood portrayal is absolutely unreal and the Indian Armed Forces do not ever have those ethos which can disturb any women commission and that that Bollywood has taken too many liberties in that movie.
The BYTF event ended on a high note as the evening was buzzing with the feeling of love, devotion and sense of belonging to our motherland, India.