India's first Light Infantry Regiment was born out of the "peoples response" in 1947, to the invasion of Kashmir by Pakistan. In the difficult days of the invasion, the population formed local defence groups. These were later organised into militias responsible for specific sectors, eg; Leh, Nubra, Jammu, Punch etc. Over a period, these were grouped into Militia battalions. Two of these were later converted into the LADAKH SCOUTS.. The militia battalions operated with skill on the Line of Control, and in the 1971 War with Pakistan earned three battle honours. In 1972, the militia battalions were brought on par with the army units, and in 1976 designated the JAMMU & KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY . Since then, battalions of the Light Infantry have served with honour in different parts of the country , in Sri Lanka and part of the United Nations Force in Somalia. Appropriately, a battalion of the Regiment earned great honour in operations at 21,000 feet in the Siachen Glacier.
The regiment has 50 percent Muslims and 50 percent other ethnic groups of the state of J&K. The insignia of the regiment is a pair of crossed rifles. The motto of the regiment is 'Balidanam Vir Lakshanam', the Regimental Centre is at Srinagar.
Post IndependenceLaleali, Picquet 707, Shingo River Valley and Gutrain.