The Maratha Light Infantry
; also the Ganpats
) is a light infantry regiment
of the Indian Army
. It was formed as the 103rd Maharattas
in 1768, making it the most senior light infantry regiment of the Army.
The regiment recruits from the Indian state
. Their regimental center is in Belgaum
The battle cry
of Maratha Light Infantry is, Bol Shri Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj ki Jai!
("Cry Victory to Emperor Shivaji!") in tribute to the Maratha Emperor Shri Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj
The history of MLI spans over 240 years.
The Marathas were a potent force in 16th, 17th, and 18th century India. Their military qualities were brilliantly optimised in their historic campaigns against the Mughals
and the English
, under the leadership of King Shivaji
and succeeding Maratha rulers.Maratha
armies, comprising both infantry and light cavalry, with the Maratha naval power had dominated the military scene in India
for three centuries. The 1st Battalion of the Regiment, otherwise known as Jangi Paltan
(The fighting unit), was raised in August 1768 as the 2nd Battalion Bombay Sepoys
, to protect the British East India Company
’s possessions on the islands of Bombay
The second battalion known as Kali Panchwin
followed the next year as the 3rd Battalion Bombay Sepoys
. From then on the regiment grew from strength to strength. These two battalions were at the forefront of virtually every major engagement fought on the west coast... Read More