First light infantry, Kali Panchwin, celebrates its 250th anniversary

Mahima
Sunday, 11 February 2018

Pune: With a miniature copy of Bhagwad Geeta in his hand, 85-year-old Ramkrishna Dhawade, attired in Dhoti and Army green sweater, came straight from Ahmednagar to celebrate the 250th glorious year of his Paltan. Dhawade, one of the eldest veterans of the Maratha Light Infantry Kali Panchwin Battalion, came along with many others to attend the 250th commemoration of their beloved battalion.

Pune: With a miniature copy of Bhagwad Geeta in his hand, 85-year-old Ramkrishna Dhawade, attired in Dhoti and Army green sweater, came straight from Ahmednagar to celebrate the 250th glorious year of his Paltan. Dhawade, one of the eldest veterans of the Maratha Light Infantry Kali Panchwin Battalion, came along with many others to attend the 250th commemoration of their beloved battalion.

Dhawade said, “I have devoted my whole life for my country and today I feel privileged as I still have an opportunity to experience such an event. I am the only one among my team who is alive.”
While communicating with the reporters, he said, “Everyone should contribute their life for the country instead of moving around with a paper and pen in our hands just like you guys. When I was in the 13th year of my service, I got a chance to participate in the 1965 war and along with my battalion defended Hussainiwala Head Works near Ferozepur.”

The Maratha Light Infantry (Kali Panchwin) started with traditional and ceremonial fervour on Friday. The attendees of this event were Lieutenant General Mohammad Ahmed Zaki, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Kolhapur, Jeremy Poss, son of Carnal Harry Poss, and many other retired army officers. Jeremy Poss said, “My father Carnal Harry Poss was a commander of the third Battalion, second world war in the year 1939-1941 in East Africa. He started in the year 1922 and continued till 1947. I work with British Civil Services and have come to India to attended this event. I feel very proud wearing my father’s medal on this day”.

Lieutenant General Mohammad Ahmed Zaki thanked all the members at the event.

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