Author is not an alien

Author is not an alien
I write because we had deleted enough

Friday, May 31, 2013

The unsung saga of 18tH ROYAL GARHWALI RIFLES

Indian National Movement: the longest struggle of freedom that any country in the world went through and what makes it all together different is its unique nature “Non Violence embedded with extremism” .Who were the real heroes? Gandhi? Bhagat Singh? Vallabh bhai Patel? They were the leaders ,what made the national movement successful was the participation of that common Indian man who believed in them,who actually thought that burning the foreign clothes would bring his/her country independence Yes it was these unnamed,unsung heroes that brought light to India in the midnight of 14th august 1947
In this post  we will talk about one such hero _18th ROYAL GARHWALI  RIFLES .the period was  1930 ,freedom movement was going through an inactive phase .On 25 april 1930 Events in Peshawar took a dramatic turn. Gaffar Khan’s Pathan movement (who were called khudai khidmatgars)stayed non violent ,but it attracted large number of pathans who joined them in the hope that they would free them of the clutches of exploitative moneylenders.In six months from 1929-1930 the congress membership rose to 50000 from 500 .The British freely used aerial bombardment and arrested Gaffar Khan
This led to a massive upsurge in Peshawar with crowds confronting armored troops and defying all laws leading to intensive firing at Kishakahani Bazaar .According to official estimates 30 were killed but the death toll in real was 250-300 .
  A remarkable incident took place .Two platoons of Second Battalion of 18th ROYAL GARHWALI RIFLES .all Hindu troops facing a Muslim crowd  ,refused to fire,broke ranks and fraternized with the crowd handing over their weapons they were later to declare before their court martial and were shot by canons on the charges of sedition

That was the passion to die for the country,that was the extent of Hindu-Muslim Unity  ,that was the junoon when people did not fear death and lets salute those real heroes …………Never ever forget their sacrifice…………sehar   



  1. As usual, very nice explained so much, that i could imagine the picture in front of me. :-)

  2. True but the article has 2 mistakes. One the day was 23rd April'1930 not 25th April and no one got death penalty or shot by canon. The leader Quarter Master Havaldar Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali (Bhandari) awarded Kala Paani and other 67 soldiers sent to jail. English didn't awarded death sentence to them because they were knew that it would like to explode the nuclear bomb that would wipe out English from India. Birendra Singh Bisht