In a historic development, soldiers from the Punjab Regiment are set to march in Paris in the Bastille Day Parade after 107 years.
About Punjab Regiment:
- The Punjab Regiment is one of the oldest Infantry Regiments of the Indian Army that traces its origins to 1761.
- Prior to independence and partition there were a number of "Punjab regiments" in British India. These were amalgamated to form two regiments: the 1st Punjab Regiment, and the 2nd.
- At the onset of independence in 1947, the 1st Punjab Regiment being predominantly a Muslim regiment went over to the newly raised Pakistan army, while the 2nd Punjab Regiment was retained in the Indian Army.
- Troops were transferred between regiments based on whether the soldiers would be a part of India or Pakistan.
- The Punjab regiment has participated in both World Wars and various post-independence operations.
- In World War-I, they were awarded 18 Battle and Theatre Honors. In World War-II, they earned 16 Battle Honors and 14 Theatre Honors.
- The Regiment draws the bulk of its rank and file from Punjab and some neighboring areas of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu region.
What is the Bastille Day Parade?
- The Bastille Day military parade, also known as the 14 July military parade, is a French military parade that has been held on the morning of 14 July each year in Paris since 1880.
- It is also one of the oldest regular military parades in the world.
- July 14 is the anniversary of the storming of the infamous Bastille prison in 1789 - a turning point for the success of the French Revolution.
- This day is marked as the National Day of France.
Q1) What is the French Revolution?
The French Revolution was a watershed event in world history that began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens radically altered their political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions such as the monarchy and the feudal system.