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Indian Army begins review of customs, policies to erase British colonial legacy

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Indian Army begins review of customs, policies to erase British colonial legacy

The Indian Army has started the process of reviewing its customs and policies to erase the British colonial past.

General Manoj Pande, Chief of Army Staff. (Photo: PTI)

The Indian Army has started the process of reviewing its customs, age-old practices, regulations and policies to erase the British colonial legacy. Names of the units and regiments will also be reviewed.

“Some of the legacy practices which require a review, like customs and traditions from the colonial and pre-colonial era, army uniforms, regulations, laws, rules, policies, unit establishment, institutes of colonial past, English names of some units, renaming of buildings, establishments, roads, parks, an institution like Auchinleck or Kitchener House,” the Army said in a statement.

The Army will also review practices like the grant of honorary commissions and ceremonies like beating the retreat and the regimented system. It said it is essential to move away from the archaic and ineffective practices.

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The names and Insignia in Unit, Crest of Colonial times, along with officers mess procedures and traditions and customs would also be reviewed.

The list of items being reviewed includes the preindependence theatre/battle honours, awarded by the British to quell the Indian states, and freedom and affiliation with the Commonwealth Graves Commission, Army officials said on Tuesday.

According to the Indian Army, it also needs to review these legacy practises to align to the national sentiment in consonance with the five vows that the prime minister has asked people to follow.

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