26 Infantry Division / Tiger Division
Symbols adorn the world at every turn, in spiritual, social and political experience. Hinduism has amassed a vast range of icons from thousands of years. Trikona, the triangle, is a symbol of God Siva which, like the Sivalinga, denotes His Absolute Being. It represents the element fire and portrays the process of spiritual ascent and liberation spoken of in scripture. As elsewhere it is the mixture of awe for the power of the Tiger and the symbolic magic with which it is invested that determines the relationship between man and Tiger in many parts of India. In one part of northern Bengal it is said that the Tiger God was worshipped by both Hindus and Muslims.
Durga is the supreme Goddess who can bring light to the earth, a force for peace amid the powers of evil. She is the feminine force or Shakti created by the gods to combat the evil male power that had percolated through the world; and from her sprang the Goddess kali to join the fight, and the vehicle for this fight was the Tiger. Tiger and man were deemed to have been born from the same mother, so the Tiger was seen as a man's sibling, but also as the king of the forest, a power on earth that was beyond reach of any mortal.
Durga relied on the Tiger to guide her through the million obstacles on the battlefield of her perpetual fight against evil. In addition, the Tiger himself has the strength to attack demons around him. Both Godess and Tiger derive their strength from the earth mother and in combination are the most powerful possible force against evil. Without one or the other, the battle might be lost. The Tiger, as a manifestation of mother earth is the only possible vehicle for Durga. Even today the image of Durga riding her Tiger is plastered across every corner of India.
Lt. Gen. Mohan Pande commanded the Tiger Division during OPERATION PARAKARAM and was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for his outstanding professional contribution. He was Additional Director General Logistics at Army Headquarters prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff, Headquarters Army Training Command in Oct 2005.
A 'Know Your Army' exhibition was held at Government Model High School, Satwari Chowk, Jammu in January 2006. It was inaugurated by Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Also present on the occasion were Maj Gen Jasbir Singh GOC, Tiger Division, and many other senior civil and military dignitaries. The exhibition aimed at showcasing the might of Army. The highlight of the exhibition was the display of weaponry and special military equipment including tanks and artillery guns, wherein, the public could actually have a feel of the equipment and their functioning. It also showcased real action war video footage and a military band display. Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, J&K along with Maj Gen Jasbir Singh, GOC Tiger Division, visiting Infantry Weapons pavilion at the Exhibition The exhibition proved to be lifetime experience for people who normally do not have access to such weapons and equipment from close quarters. Furthermore, the exhibition provided guidance to the young aspirants who wish to join the Army.
As part of the Army Day which is celebrated on 15 January every year, an exhibition, aptly titled "Know Your Army" was organized by Tiger Division on 13 and 14 January 2008 which was inaugurated by Major General Sanjeev Loomba, GOC Tiger Division. The aim of the exhibition was to showcase the Army to the general public. The highlight of the exhibition was the display of an astounding array of weaponry and special military equipment including tanks and artillery guns. The real action war video footage was an added attraction, which kept the public spell bound. In addition to this the army band belted out popular martial tunes and mellifluous numbers, which kept the people thoroughly enthralled.
On 27 March 2008 Major General D L Chowdhary took over as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Tiger Division in Jammu. He replaced Major General Sanjeev Loombha, who has been transferred to the Central Command. Commissioned into the Jat Regiment in 1973, Chowdhary has taken part in counter insurgency operations.
On 22 June 2008 Lt Gen TK Sapru, Army Commander Western Command arrives in Jammu for an official three day visit to Tiger Division. Gen Sapru, who took over the prestigious Western Command on 01 November 2007 was visiting Tiger Division for the third time in order to take stock of the events in its area of responsibility. In his close interaction with the GOC of Tiger Division and other senior officers, the Army Commander discussed and conveyed his directions to meet the challenges of present sensitive scenario. Lt General Vinay Sharma, GOC Rising Star Corps was already in station to review the operational situation. The General Officer visited various Formation Headquarters and units of Tiger Divison and carried out detailed interaction with the Commanders at all levels.
Celebrations for Diamond Jubilee of PATH FINDERS (KARGIL) of TIGER DIVISION commenced at Kaluchak, on 13 July 2008 with demonstration of Hot Air Balloon ride as part of the first series of events planned to commemorate 60 years of glorious and dedicated service to the nation. The function was attended by all ex-servicemen and serving officers of the Regiment from across the country. Homage to martyrs, Special Sainik Sammelan, Release of first Day Cover and Coffee Table book are other events which could form part of the celebration. 41 Field Regiment was initially raised in 1940 as 41 Medium Regiment (RIA). The Regiment was later re-raised on 15 July 1948 by Lt Col Kalyan Singh aT Jhansi by amalgamating three princely batteries namely BIKANER, SCINDIA and PATIALA to be aptly named as Rajaon Ki Palton. Regiment is now decorated with Battle honour title KARGIL for its commendable job during OP VIJAY. During the course of battle, the Regiment provided intimate, accurate and timely fire support in the Battle of Tololing, Point 5140 from Thasgam, Battle of Point 4700 (Mushkoh), Battle of Point 4875 (now named as Gun Hill), Battle of Zulu, Top and gave a decisive blow in the Battle of Tiger Hill from Drass which ultimately changed the course of OV VIJAY.
On 26 July 2008 a solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at Tiger War Memorial of the Tiger Division today to mark the victory of Indian Army in Kargil Conflict 1999. Homage was paid to the martyrs, who achieved martyrdom for the country with pride and honor. The proceedings commenced with the traditional wreath laying ceremony. As a special tribute Salute to the gallant soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation, Maj Gen. DL Chowdhary, GOC, Tiger Division laid the wreath, followed by other senior officers. An impressive display of ceremonial guard from the Six Battalions of Madras Regiment of 36 Infantry Brigade was witnessed.
In July 2008 Indian Army's Tiger Division launched a major 'Tree Plantation thDrive' in Satwari Cantonment area in Jammu & Kashmir on 20 July, 2008. While inaugurating the event, GOC emphasized the importance of environment and responsibility of all citizens in preserving the forests for the good of mankind and future generations.
In July 2008 the Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women from the Lok Sabha visited White Knight Corps and Tiger Division to conduct an on-the-spot study about the working conditions of the women officers in the Army. The Parliamentary Committee, consisting of Mrs Tejasvini Gowda, Mrs Sujatha, Mrs Karuna Shukla and Mrs B Jayaben Thakkar was headed by Mrs Krishna Tirath as the Chairperson. The Committee was received by Maj Gen Sheonan Singh, officiating GOC, 16 Corps and at Tiger Division by Maj Gen DL Chowdahry, GOC. They briefed on the deployment of women officers in various branches of the Army as well as the working conditions of the places where the women officers are presently employed. Later, the members of the Committee interacted with 17 women officers present to get a first-hand information.The Committee was completely satisfied with the environment in which the women officers were serving and were happy to see them full of praise for the organisation.
With the view to provide quality medical support to the families of Tiger Division, a 'Cervical and Breast Cancer Detection Camp' is being organised by Tiger Division to 04 October 2008. The camp was inaugurated by Mrs Rupa Sharma, President, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), Rising Star Corps at Tiger Division.
Major General D L Chaudhary, General Officer Commanding (GoC) Tiger Division, has ruled out any tension on the border with Pakistan but added that the army is prepared for any situation. Chaudhary was addressing the media in Jammu on 26 December 2008. "There is always activity on the other side of the border but, at present, there is nothing unusual about it and we are keeping a watch," said Major General D L Chowdhary, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Tiger Division, Jammu.
On February 9,2009 the GoC-in-C of the Western Command, Lt. General T K Sapru, arrived on a two-day visit and was briefed about the prevailing situation in Jammu division. The army commander, who was accompanied by GOC of Rising Star corps, was received by GOC of Tiger Division on his arrival today. Later, the army officers of the Tiger Division briefed the army commander about the prevailing situation.
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