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Republic Day Special - Season 1 - The Garhwal Rifles

The Garhwal Rifles is an infantry regiment that has been decorated with one of the highest number of awards and mentions in the Indian Army. The British rulers in India were quick to realize the skills and courage of the people from the Uttarakhand region and formed a separate regiment consisting of various Pahadi communities. Discover more about the Garhwal Rifles and the Garhwalis who are known for being hardy and experienced in navigating the rugged Himalayas.

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    Bose

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    Subhas Chandra Bose was amongst the new young Congress leaders to emerge in India in the 1930s. Through his speeches, he made known his ideas about independence and freedom and how an armed conflict was the only way of realising them. In this episode of Bharat ki Awaaz, watch some of his most famous speeches and how they made a deep impact on Indians, not just in India but in various parts of Asia, and why he went all the way to Singapore and Japan to build his army to fight the British in India.

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    Gandhi

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    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or Mahatma Gandhi, is possibly the single most well-known face of the Indian independence struggle all over the world. His words served as inspiration, wisdom, and a beacon to light the path towards a non-violent independence struggle against the British Raj to establish a democratic state. In this context, through his speeches, he spoke about total freedom of speech for the press, dignity of labour, the idea of aatma shuddhi for achieving true peace, and the real meaning of Swaraj and freedom for India.

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    Nehru

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    Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, was the face of democratic India to the world. Through his words, he had to convince not just Indians but the entire world that a region as diverse ours could sustain as a single country and be democratic, secular, and free. In this episode, watch some of the most iconic and crucialspeechesNehru made in India as well as on various international platforms, letting the world know that India would not bow down before the superpowers of the world but would hold its own, ensuring protection, rights, and freedom for all its citizens.

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    The Rajput Regiment was initially raised as part of the Bengal Native Infantry, then became part of the British Indian Army, before finally becoming a part of the Indian Army after independence. Soldiers from the regiment have fought in both the World Wars as well as a number of other international wars and battles. The regiment has been an important part of all the Indo-Pak wars since partition and has played a crucial role in controlling and minimizing insurgency in the Kashmir border areas. It was the first in the Indian Army to be associated with a navy ship, INS Rajput. Watch Regiment Diaries to discover more fascinating stories about this regiment

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    Indira

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    Indira Gandhi was one of the Prime Ministers of India who surprised everyone within and outside her party with the success of her leadership. She was initially seen as a leader who was pliant, but she soon proved that she was strong-willed and had some revolutionary ideas to put India on the path of economic freedom. In this episode of Bharat ki Awaaz, watch some of her most famous speeches, where she urges the youth to take an active part in the administration and progress of the country, reiterates India’s stand on peace and war, and reinforces the idea that democracy does not reside in administrative centres but among the common people and their actions.

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    The Dogra Regiment is part of the infantry arm of the Indian Army. The regiment has been in existence for over a century, and the Dogras have established themselves as hardy, kind, and courageous soldiers. The regiment started with three battalions, but more battalions have been added to the regiment over the years. Being a part of the Dogra Regiment and working in the Indian Army has become a way of life for people from the Dogra hills. Watch the episode on Regiment Diaries to know their tales of bravery and kinship.

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    Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the brain behind the Constitution of India, made an inspiring speech detailing why certain tough decisions had to be taken by our leaders in the past to ensure a better future for the country and the struggles to ensure the Indian Constitution upheld the values for which India stood. Maulana Azad, the very first Education Minister of India, addressed the UNESCO National Committee and made this speech emphasizing the need for world peace and how there was a need for collective efforts to achieve this end. Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India, made a speech with his now-famous slogan, ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’, where he elaborates how India has always wanted peace and friendship despite the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and the disputes with Pakistan. Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth Prime Minister of India, came to power in a period of extreme internal turbulence in the country owing to Operation Blue Star and the subsequent assassination of Indira Gandhi. This speech shows how he came into his own and became a strong political leader.

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    The Rajputana Rifles has been in existence for almost a century and is the oldest rifle regiment in existence today in our army. Historically, the communities from where the soldiers are recruited to this regiment place great importance on military training and service. The pride is so ingrained that some current soldiers in the regiment are the fifth generation from their families to be part of the regiment.

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    In the latest episode of #RegimentDiaries, learn about the oldest light infantry regiment of the Indian Army and fourth oldest overall, #MarathaLightInfantry. Soldiers from this regiment have been honoured with a host of gallantry awards and service medals. The Marathas have always been known for their dependability in war and peace.

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    The Sikh Regiment is made up exclusively of Sikhs and is the most decorated regiment in the Indian Army. The regiment was formed just before the British Empire annexed the Sikh Empire. The Sikh community has historically been known as a warrior community, and fighting for the country as part of the army comes naturally to its members. Warfare, protection, and combat are ingrained in the teachings of the Sikh religion, and this culture flows seamlessly into the serving of the country. Watch this episode on the Sikh Regiment on Regiment Diaries to get learn more about these legendary warriors.

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    The Punjab Regiment was raised initially in 1761 to deal with hostilities in southern India but later went on to become a permanent part of the Indian Army. Some of the battalions of this regiment were handed over to Pakistan during the Partition of 1947. The regiment has battalions trained specifically to aid in dealing with insurgency at the Indo-Pak border in Kashmir.

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    The Jat Regiment is one of the infantry regiments in the Indian army. It has been in existence for over 200 years, and it has been a part of both WWI and WWII, along with many other national and international battles. Historically, the Jats have been known for their brilliant combat and warfare skills. Know more stories of courage and valour of the Jat Regiment in this episode of Regiment Diaries.

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    Madras Regiment was raised in 1758 and is the oldest regiment in the Indian Army. It is an infantry regiment that was initially known as Madras Levies and recruited soldiers from the south Indian states. The regiment was disbanded between 1928 and 1941, after which it was resurrected so the battalions from the regiment could join the soldiers fighting WWII. Soldiers from the regiment have fought in battles across the world.

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    The Brigade of the Guards is an elite mechanised infantry regiment in the Indian Army and was the brainchild of Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa. It was formed in 1949 by handpicking soldiers and battalions from other regiments and was the first mixed-class regiment in our army. It is considered a matter of great honour among soldiers to be chosen for this regiment.

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    The Grenadiers was raised in 1778 and is one of the oldest regiments in the Indian Army. In every country, including India, the Grenadiers are made up of the best and strongest soldiers from across regiments, chosen during training under some of the toughest combat situations. This infantry regiment has been part of both the World Wars as well as all the major wars in India, playing a crucial role in the recapture of Tiger Hill during the Kargil War of 1999.

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    The Mechanised Infantry Regiment is one of the youngest regiments today in the Indian Army, although the history of the battalions that make up the regiment go way back to the 1700s. The regiment was created after the need for a viable and separate mechanised regiment was felt after the 1965 Indo-Pak War. The regiment played a crucial role in the war against the LTTE in Sri Lanka as well as the Kargil war of 1999. The regiment has also had battalions become part of peacekeeping missions around the world. Watch fascinating stories of this regiment on Regiment Diaries.

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    The Garhwal Rifles is an infantry regiment that has been decorated with one of the highest number of awards and mentions in the Indian Army. The British rulers in India were quick to realize the skills and courage of the people from the Uttarakhand region and formed a separate regiment consisting of various Pahadi communities. Discover more about the Garhwal Rifles and the Garhwalis who are known for being hardy and experienced in navigating the rugged Himalayas.

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    The Jammu And Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment (JAKLI) has a history like no other. Because the formation of this regiment took place after Indian Independence, the traditions and practices followed by this regiment are not influenced by the working of British military in any way. Situated at an altitude of 6000ft, the JAKLI regimental centre is the second northernmost centre of the Indian Army, and is the centre located nearest to one of the most terrorism-prone areas of the country.

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    Though the history of the Mahar Regiment dates back to when the Maratha Empire was expanding during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the regiment has witnessed several breakdowns. The regiment was fully formed only in the year 1941. After Independence, the Mahar Regiment was the first regiment made up of troops from all communities and regions of India.

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    The Madras Engineers Group is one of the oldest regiments in the Indian Army, and is the first of the Corps of Engineers to come into existence. Also called Madras Sappers and Miners, the Bangalore Torpedo which is used even today to clear wire fences and mines during battles was invented in this regimental centre.

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    After the sudden demise of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964, Pakistan plotted an invasion on India aimed at taking control of the disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir, leading to the India-Pakistan war of 1965. In this EPIC special episode Maj Gen GD Bakshi takes us to Asal Uttar, Punjab - battleground of one of the world's fiercest tank battles and the key turning point that turned the tide of war in India's favour . He recounts the incidences leading to the war while analyzing Pakistan's Operation Gibraltar which was designed to infiltrate forces into Jammu and Kashmir and India's military response to counter that which ended after a United Nations mandated cease fire.

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    An unforgettable saga of raw grit and courage, this is the story of how one man, The Chief of Army staff of the Jammu & Kashmir State Forces, Brig. Rajinder Singh MVC, changed the course of history. With an intrepid band of just 150 soldiers, he saved the valley of Kashmir in 1947, when treachery opened the gates from Uri to Srinagar. Ruler of Jammu & Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, called upon Brig. Rajinder Singh to do the impossible – hold the raiders off till Indian Forces could fly in. Brig. Rajinder Singh collected all available men and went forward himself. How long did he hold off enemy forces? How did he manage to save Kashmir in the nick of time? Find out in this EPIC feature.

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    The 1971 war with Pakistan was a quasi- total war fought on both the eastern and western fronts across many battle theatres that led to decisive results. It broke Pakistan in two and helped the new state of Bangladesh to emerge on the global stage. It entailed a march on the capital of Dacca (Dhaka), enforced regime change and the mass surrender of approximately 93,000 prisoners of war. The Indian political leadership displayed a single-minded and cold-blooded pursuit of national interests. The leadership of all three Service chiefs was inspiring and highly professional. This film puts spotlight on the charismatic leaders who won the war for us and records the bravery & sacrifice of our brave & young officers and jawans.

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    Turning Point at Tololing is a documentary by General GD Bakshi detailing Indian Army's first major win during the Kargil War of 1999. India was caught unawares by the sudden offensive by the Pakistani Army while the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was engaging in peace talks with Nawaz Sharif. How did the Indian Army fight back this sudden and aggressive attack by the enemy in the unforgiving Himalayan terrain? Recapturing Tololing Peak was a major turning point, which eventually ensured India's victory in one the toughest wars fought by the Indian Army in post-independence India.

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    In the battle of Srinagar, it was the heroic acts of Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon that turned the war into our favour.

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    Major General G. D. Bakshi narrates the story of the Battle at Rezang La in the Chushul district of Ladakh during the 1962 Indo-China War. He talks about how PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had been warned by the military and by Vallabhbhai Patel, but he refused to believe that China would get aggressive and stopped the modernization of the military to concentrate on other development in the country. When the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and took refuge in India, it angered China and the Army Chief General K. S. Thimmayya was concerned how they would retaliate, but his concerns were not heeded. The army prepared itself for an attack nonetheless, and, with just 123 soldiers, Major Shaitan Singh of 13 Kumaon gallantly fought wave after wave of Chinese soldiers, losing his life along with over 100 of his comrades before the Chinese declared a ceasefire. Watch the story of this historic battle in Sentinels of the Snow with G. D. Bakshi.

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    Navy day is observed on 4 December every year to celebrate the achievements and the role of the naval force in the daredevil attack on the Pakistani naval base in Karachi. The war of 1971 was a military conflict between India and Pakistan. The Indian Navy started the covert naval operations, which were executed successfully. Overall, the Indian Navy's attack was carefully planned and well executed. 'Operation Trident' has often been described by experts as one of the most brilliantly planned operations in the history of naval warfare. INS Nipat, INS Nirghat, INS Veer and INS Vidyut were part of the 'killer squadron' that was assigned with the task of sealing the fate of the Karachi harbor. The crew communicated in Russian, making it difficult to for the enemy crew to intercept. The attack was a complete surprise and a shock to Pakistan's Armed Forces Command. The operation was considered an enormous success for the Indian Navy with no casualties or damage to the Indian task group, which returned safely back to Indian ports.

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    This episode of Epic ke Dus will shed light on some of the most important freedom movements in the history of India. The episode is an eye opener into the larger picture of those rebellions which shaped the character of the freedom struggle. The interesting facts and revelations presented are sure to leave you enriched with a deeper understanding of our country's dynamic history.

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