Two Maratha Light Infantry battalions honoured with colours by Army Chief

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, presented the President’s Colours to two battalions of the Maratha Light Infantry -- 23 Maratha LI and 24 Maratha LI -- at a ceremony here yesterday.
The ceremonial parade at the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre here yesterday was commanded by Commandant Brigadier Govind Kalwad. The President’s Colours were received by Maj Shourabh Modak and Maj Karan Joseph of the two units, respectively.
Award of President’s Colours to a battalion is an honour, bestowed upon in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation both during war and peace.
Maratha Light Infantry has a glorious history and has been conferred with eight Battle Honours, five Theatre Honours, five Maha Vir Chakras, five Ashok Chakras, 44 Vir Chakras and 15 Kirti Chakras along with various other decorations.
The ceremonial parade was attended by a spectrum of high ranking military and civil dignitaries including Mr Prabhakar Kore, MP (Rajya Sabha), Mr Suresh Angadi, MP (Belgavi Constituency).
Gen Rawat complimented the regiment for its outstanding performance in all spheres of operational and peacetime commitments. He exhorted all ranks to continue to strive for excellence and keep the nation’s flag flying high in times to come.
After presentation of colours, the Chief interacted with soldiers and their families. He also awarded Commendation Cards in recognition of distinguished services rendered by select officers and other ranks of the Regimental Centre. The General was also taken around the Regimental Archives and Historical Section of Maratha Centre.


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