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Repugnant battle honours of the Indian Army

The Government of India has declared repugnant some battle honours earned by Indian Army units, which are descended from erstwhile units of the British East India Company. Indian Army units do not inscribe these battle honours on their colours and do not celebrate commemoration days associated with these battles. This decision was taken post-independence regarding those battle honours concerned with battles in India and Pakistan which the Indian Government regards as part of the "subjugation" of India and in some cases, neighbouring countries.[1]

List of repugnant battle honoursEdit

Repugnant battle honours include :

  • Carnatic
  • Sholinghur
  • Mangalore
  • Mysore
  • Sedaseer
  • Seringapatam
  • Egypt
  • Delhi
  • Assaye
  • Leswarree
  • Deig
  • Kirkee
  • Nagpore
  • Maheidpoor
  • Corygaum
  • Nowah
  • Ava
  • Kemmendine
  • Arracan
  • Bhurtpore
  • China
  • Meeanee
  • Hyderabad
  • Maharajpoor
  • Punniar
  • Moodkee
  • Ferozeshah
  • Aliwal
  • Sobraon
  • Punjaub
  • Chillianwallah
  • Mooltan
  • Goojerat
  • Pegu
  • Delhi 1857
  • Lucknow
  • Defence of Arrah
  • Behar
  • Central India
  • Egypt 1882
  • Burma 1885-87
  • Defence of Chitral, Chitral
  • Punjab Frontier

Non-repugnant battle honoursEdit

The earliest battle honour held by the modern Indian Army which is not considered by the Indian Government to be "repugnant" and can be emblazoned on colours is "Bourbon" (dated 8 July 1810) which is held by the 3rd Battalion, Brigade of the Guards. Battle honours prior to this period have either been lost due to disbandment, are now held only by units transferred to Pakistan during Partition, or are considered by the Indian Government to be repugnant.[1]:78

Other pre-World War I battle honours not considered by the Indian Government to be repugnant are as follows :[1]:297


  1. ^ a b c Singh, Sarbans (1993) Battle Honours of the Indian Army 1757 - 1971. Vision Books (New Delhi) ISBN 81-7094-115-6


  • Sandes, Lt Col E.W.C. The Indian Sappers and Miners (1948) The Institution of Royal Engineers, Chatham. Pages i to xxx, 1 to 726, frontispiece and 30 illustrations,31 general maps and 51 plans.