Education Scholarships

Direct link to the various education scholarships offered by the Government of India

List of Private NGOs offering education scholarships

Ummid Assistant

Application form for OBC Certificate (Urdu)

Application form for Domicile Certificate (Urdu)

Admission at MANUU

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home National

Indian soldiers' sacrifices in liberating Haifa remembered

Saturday, September 25, 2010 08:06:18 AM, IANS

Haifa: A moving ceremony to remember some 900 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in liberating this Israeli port city during World War I was held for the first time at the Haifa Cemetery.

Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna and representatives from the Haifa City Council, the Israeli defence ministry, the Haifa Historical Society and the Commonwealth Graves Commission, as also defence attaches from several countries and a host of other dignitaries were present during the ceremony Sep 23 to honour the Indian bravehearts.

This is the first time such a ceremony was held to commemorate the memory of fallen Indian soldiers, apart from the ceremonies normally held by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.

The event was marked by a wreath laying ceremony by Sarna and other dignitaries. Speaking at the ceremony, Sarna underlined the important role played by the Indian soldiers during World War I and the valour shown by them in this theatre of operations.

He thanked the Haifa Historical Society for its untiring efforts to document India's role in this important phase of history which, unfortunately, is not known to many.

A large number of Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives in this region during the war and nearly 900 are cremated/buried in cemeteries across Israel.

Every year on Sep 23, the Indian Army commemorates "Haifa Day" on which two brave Indian cavalry regiments helped liberate the city in 1918 following dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

In the autumn of 1918, the brigade was a part of the allied forces sweeping northwards through Palestine in the last great cavalry campaign in history.

During the battle for Haifa in September 1918, the Indian troops exhibited exemplary cavalry skills and bravery in a successful cavalry charge which finally culminated in the liberation of Haifa.

Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh were awarded the Indian Order of Merit and Captain Anop Singh and Second Lt. Sagat Singh were awarded the Military Cross in recognition of their bravery in this battle. Major Dalpat Singh, who received the Military Cross, is known in the annals of history a" the "Hero of"Haifa" for his critical role in the battle.

The action of the Indian troops has been vividly recorded in the Official History of the War - Military operation Egypt and Palestine (volume 2):

"No more remarkable cavalry action of its scale was fought in the whole course of the campaign.

Machinegun bullets over and over again failed to stop the galloping horses even though many of them succumbed afterwards to their injuries".

A two-member Indian Army delegation led by Col. M.S. Jodha, grandson of Captain Aman Singh Bahadur, had especially come here to attend the ceremony.




  Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

Comment on this article

E-mail Address:
Write here...

News Pick

Plan to burn Quran: Muslim states call for UN condemnation

The Muslim States Wednesday urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to condemn a US pastor's suspended plan to burn Quran, saying it was part of a pattern of global anti-Muslim violence. A resolution 

UN terms Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla violent and unlawful

An investigative report Wednesday from the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that Israel's military interception of a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip in May was "clearly unlawful" and violent. The report from  

Canadian University to honour APJ Abdul Kalam

A top Canadian university will confer an honorary doctorate degree on former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam next week. The University of Waterloo, in the city of BlackBerry, will host the renowned space scientist and honour him with an honorary degree in the humanities 

Ayatollah interview costs Iranian journalist six years jail term

The Iranian judiciary sentenced journalist and human rights activist Emadeddin Baqi to a six-year jail term for conducting an interview with an ayatollah, opposition websites reported Wednesday. According to the websites, Baqi  

Manmohan Singh gets World Statesman Award

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been honoured with the 2010 World Statesman Award by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an interfaith coalition which  

Journey to find Kashmir solution has begun: Congress

The Congress Wednesday said the move to send an all-party delegation to the troubled Jammu and Kashmir was the "beginning of a journey" to find an acceptable solution to the problems in the state  

More Headlines

Delhi Police officer to head probe team in Ishrat Jahan case

A mosque that briefly turns temple every year

CWG on track - amid criticism and cyclists pulling out

Practice religion, use not it to get political mileage: Prof Pushpatai

Song to welcome Games visitors unveiled

Sohrabuddin killing: Third CBI witness turns hostile

Gujarat gets time to decide on jobs for riot victims' kin

Obama calls on world to push for Middle East peace

Kerala woman told not to contest over her looks

Saudi Arabia celebrates 80th National Day

Kerala women turn poll aspirants - in large numbers

UAE island aims to be among new wonders of nature

Deferment will prolong Ayodhya issue: Owaisi

Razed slum in Delhi leaves hundreds homeless

SC stays HC verdict in Ayodhya title suit till Sep 28


Top Stories

SC stays HC verdict in Ayodhya title suit till Sep 28

The Supreme Court Thursday deferred till Sep 28 its ruling on the pronouncement of the Ayodhya verdict by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. The court

I want to save nation from chaos: Ayodhya petitioner

No out-of-court solution or delaying Ayodhya verdict: Court


Picture of the Day

Due to the threats of riot and terror attacks, the festive season in India nowadays results in sleepless nights for the security personnel. Against this backdrop, the show of communal harmony in Malegaon by Ajantha Mandal cannot be more timely. The Mandal in a large hoarding portrays the real picture of the Muslim dominated textile town in North Maharashtra. It shows, Malegaon is where Azan in a Masjid and Shunkh in a Mandir go simultaneously. To further make its point, the Mandal plays communal harmony songs on a cassette-player in its full sound.



  Most Read

Practice religion, use not it to get political mileage: Prof Pushpatai

Emphasising the need to fight those who are using religion as a tool to set personal scores and get political mileage, Prof Pushpatai - the professor of Marathi language at Ruia College, Mumbai advised all Indians to refrain from misusing a religion."Practicing religion

A mosque that briefly turns temple every year

It's unbelievable but true. There exists a mosque where the idol of Hindu god is kept once every year for a period of ten days with no communal disturbance ever in the last three decades. Just when all eyes are focused on Ayodhya, journalist Chandan Haygunde's  



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes





Universities at a Glance






Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.