SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY
sharp-edged Quoit, or Chakra, used by the Sikhs in combat,
mounted with a Kirpan, the
Teh Fateh (Prosperity in Peace and Victory in War).
So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal (He who cries God is Truth, is ever
Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 4th Battalion, 5th Battalion,
6th Battalion, 7th Battalion, 8th Battalion,
9th Battalion, 10th Battalion, 11th Battalion, 12th Battalion,
13th Battalion , 14th Battalion 15th Battalion, 16th Battalion, 17th
Battalion, 18th Battalion
Honours: OP Hill, Kalidhar, Fatehpur and Parbat
Honours & Awards: 1
Ashok Chakra, 5 Maha Vir Chakras, 6 Kirti Chakras, 23 Vir Chakras,
13 Shaurya Chakras, 82
Sena Medals, 4 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 8 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals,
3 Yudh Seva Medals, 17 Vishisht Seva Medals,
49 Mention-in-Despatches and 122 COAS's Commendation Cards.
Sikh Light Infantry finds its origins in the Sikh Pioneers
raised in 1857. Sikh Pioneers were used in various military
campaigns in India and abroad, and highly regarded for their
determined resolve to complete the assigned tasks against
all opposition. The Sikh Pioneers were later merged into
the Sappers and Miners. World War II and its need for additional
troops saw the rise of Mazhabi and Ramdasia Sikhs as a regiment
in 1941. The designation
was changed to the Sikh Light Infantry in 1944.
view of its linkages with the Pioneers, the Sikh Light Infantry
received its earlier seniority after the Sikh Regiment. The
Sikh Light Infantry draws its man power from the Mazhabi
and Ramdasia elements amongst the Sikhs. They had long formed
part of the armies of the Sikhs' Tenth Guru and in later
Khalsa armies. The regiment has produced one Army Chief,
General Ved Prakash Malik (10th Sikh LI).