Haryana: Protestors Demand Establishing An Ahir Regiment In The Indian Army

by Swarajya Staff - Feb 7, 2022 03:36 PM +05:30 IST
Haryana: Protestors Demand Establishing An Ahir Regiment In The Indian ArmyProtestors Demand Establishing An Ahir Regiment
Snapshot
  • 'United Ahir Regimental Morcha', an organisation from south Haryana (also known as the Ahirwal region), took to the streets demanding establishing of an Ahir regiment in the Indian Army.

    SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had also made a similar demand in the run up to 2019 Lok Sabha polls and had also included it in his party's election manifesto.

    The centre and the army have so far maintained that they are not in favour of forming any new regiment in the army after any particular caste, community or religion.

'United Ahir Regimental Morcha', an organisation from south Haryana (also known as the Ahirwal region), took to the streets demanding establishing of an Ahir regiment in the Indian Army.

The protest was staged near Kherki Dhaula Toll Plaza.

Several political and religious groups took part in the protest leading to a massive traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway.

Manoj Yadav Kankrola, founding member of the morcha, said there are 23 caste based regiments in Indian army.

"In Indian Army, Ahir soldiers are in very large numbers. Their names are among those who achieved martyrdom. We are asking for our rights, which we will take," he said.

The protestors argued that Indian Army has several regiments and units which are named after caste, geographic and community basis including Jat, Sikh, Rajput, Dogra, Mahar, JAK Rifles, Gorkha, Sikh etc.

Some protestors cited the sacrifice made by the members of the 'Ahir' community in the Indo-China war in 1962 to justify their demand.

Water proof tents were set up across the protest site for shelter of the demonstrators, who began their sit-in with a 'havan' around 11 am. In the midst of chanting, people raised slogans of Ahir Regiment.

Heavy police force was already deployed to manage the protests.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had also made a similar demand in the run up to 2019 Lok Sabha polls and had also included it in his party's election manifesto.

The centre and the army have so far maintained that they are not in favour of forming any new regiment in the army after any particular caste, community or religion.


(With Inputs From PTI)

Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Comments ↓
Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.
Advertisement

Latest Articles

    Artboard 4Created with Sketch.