The Sikh regiments are among the oldest regiments of the Indian Army. Records show that they were first raised on August 01, 1846 after the end of the first Anglo-Sikh war. Though the Punjab had as yet not been annexed, yet the the British impressed by the martial quality of the Sikh soldiers incorporated them in their Army and also classified them as a martial race. Universally the Sikhs have been recognized by all and sundry as a fighting and martial race.
The Sikhs thus began an association with the British which lasted for close to a hundred years andit is on record that over 83,000 Sikhs wearing the turban fought for the empire and gave their lives in the two world wars. The British also believed in the concept of a cohesive fighting force of one community and religion. This they felt was conducive to molding a unit into an efficient fighting unit. They followed up by setting up training centers exclusively for that particular, class race and religion. The British thus set up a Sikh regimental centre for the exclusive training of Sikh soldiers.
The original Sikh regimental centre was at Meerut, but it was shifted to Ram Nagar about 30 miles from Ranchi, the capital of the state of Chhattisgarh. This centre trains Sikh soldiers for the 19 battalions of the Indian Army. The soldiers are recruited fromthe Sikh races and castes only and are put through their paces at this center.
Regimental Centre Ramgarh
The Sikh regimental centre has a checkered history, but there was an aberration during the attack on the Golden Temple, Operation Blue Star in 1984.At that time the psyche of the Sikh soldiers was severely disturbed and they had mutinied and the Commandant of the Sikh Regimental center Brigadier Puri was shot dead. That was a sad occasion. But it is a thing of the past and the Sikhs are again thriving in the Indian Army.
On 12 January 2011, 245 recruits of the Sikh Regimental centre took oath before the holy Guru Granth Sahib and the national flag. The parade was held in the parade square named after General Harbaksh Singh the famous Sikh Commander during the 1965 war with Pakistan. The Sikh regimental center is intimately connected with Sikh history and the famous battle of Saragrahi on 12 September is celebrated as raising day. The centre also displays weapons and relics of Sikh warriors. The sword of Hari Singh Nalwa is also displayed at this centre. The Sikh regimental Centre is one of the important relics left behind by the British and once you visit this training centre you are reminded of the British and the warlike Sikhs.