Friday, February 18, 2011

Jat Balwan, Jai Bhagwan

This is what I have as a starting point from a book on special forces. "The gates of the Somnath temple, which had been carried away by Mohammed of Ghazni in 1024 AD and installed in the tomb of one Sultan Mohammed, were eventually recovered and returned to the temple by 1st Royal Jat Regiment during First Afghan War of 1842".



1st Royal Jat Regiment was part of the British contingent sent to fight during the first Afghan War in 1838. Archaeological Survey of India has them in possession and are kept at Agra Fort. 1st Jat Regiment was later affiliated to Mechanized Infantry Regiment in 1980 and became its second battalion.

I have contacted my friends at Jat Regimental Center to dig into their regimental history and provide me with details so that I can get an article done as well as get a board displayed at Somnath that would tell people about how our boys brought it back. Watch this space for more details.


5 comments:

  1. It makes very interesting reading. I now look forward to reading your full article. With your connection with the Regiment, you know that 1 Jat was also known as First Jat Light Infantry. What I would be interested in knowing is, what was the composition of the Royal Jats in Afghan War, what prompted them to get the sandalwood doors back to India, and why the ASI has kept the information about it under the veil of secrecy.

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  2. Will try and get the composition for you. 1st Royal Jat was converted to 2nd Mechanized Infantry.

    I am not sure about exact reasons of ASI not handing over the doors. But it might have something to do with Nehru's reluctance of helping any cause with "Hindu" written on it. Case in point being Somnath temple was constructed with public funds and not government's money. Nehru went to the extent of saying that "You should not rebuild Somnath temple, Hindutva will grow stronger due to it."

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    1. Thanks buddy. Will keep writing about Jats. And will definitely go through your blog.

      Regards,

      Vishal Kansagra

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