Assam Regiment

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The Assam Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army. The Regiment consists of 21 battalions; 14 regular units, three Rashtriya Rifles units, three infantry battalions of the Territorial Army and one battalion of Arunachal Scouts. It recruits exclusively from all the Seven Sister States of North-East India.


The Regimental Center of the Regiment is situated at Happy Valley, Shillong. It has chosen the rhino as the emblem that is seen on the berets and on the belts that the soldiers (the self-named "Rhinos") wear proudly.The Regimental salutation of Tagra Raho is unique. In India, rhinos are found in the state of Assam which is also known for its tea gardens and oil refineries. The unique greeting adopted by the regiment as Tagda Raho was introduced by late Maj Gen SC Barbosa who commanded 2 Assam Regiment in 1960s.Originally he was commissioned in 1 Assam regiment.The Commanding Officer used to enquire about the health of the jawan saying : Tagda Hai ? Invariably, the answer used to be : Tagda Hai Saheb. This greeting became popular in a very short time.


The initial draft of the regiment was drawn from the undivided state of Assam, consisting of the doughty Ahoms who had proved their martial prowess by defeating the Mughals at the Battle of Saraighat and the hardy, tough and cheerful Nagas, Mizos, Kukis, Garos, Manipuris and other tribals. Later, the Adis, Mishis, Monpas, other tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, domiciled Gorkhas and...
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