• Short Summary

    Colourful sports will be held in the afternoon at the President's Bodyguard parade ground on September 30 as part of the Raising Day celebrations.

  • Description

    Colourful sports will be held in the afternoon at the President's Bodyguard parade ground on September 30 as part of the Raising Day celebrations.

    Origin
    The history of the Bodyguards goes back to the time of Warren Hastings. First known as the Governor's troop of Mughals for it was recruited almost exclusively from amongst the Mughals, the Bodyguard was raised in 1773. The first unit consisted of only 50 troopers to which subsequently 50 more horses obtained from Raja Chet Singh were added.

    After 1800, its ranks were thrown open to both Hindus and Mohammedans. The unit is now composed of sturdy Jats, stalwart Sikhs and brave Rajputs. It is an all-class mixed unit. Though a tall and stately figure, at least 6 feet high, and handsome physical appearance are essential qualifications, character, education and good breeding also count for recruitment to the Bodyguard. Above all, superb horsemanship is the hall-mark of the Bodyguard trooper. The Bodyguard is drawn from the cavalry.

    Fully Trained Unit:
    Although the present role of the Bodyguard is confined to lending pomp and splendour to State functions in the Capital, the Bodyguard is nevertheless fully trained in mechanised and airborne warfare and is always in a state readiness for service in the field. During the early part of its history of almost 200 years, the Bodyguards took part in many an operation fought by the British. A detachment of the Bodyguard was the first Indian contingent to go outside Asia when ti was sent to Egypt to ride the horses of an experimental troop of horse artillery. The Bodyguard has on different occasions fulfilled different roles.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1ONZRZXL0DCEZIB4UE1XJJO4M
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ONZRZXL0DCEZIB4UE1XJJO4M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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