The SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY finds its origins in the Sikh Pioneers raised in 1857. Sikh Pioneers were used in various campaigns in India and abroad, and highly regarded for their determined resolve to complete the assigned tasks against all opposition. The Sikh Pioneers were later merged with the Sappers and Miners. The World War and its need for additional troops saw the rise of the Mazhabi and Ramdasia Sikhs as a regiment in 1941.This designation was changed to the SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY in 1944. In view of its linkages with the Pioneers, the SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY received its earlier seniority after the SIKH Regiment.
The SIKH LIGHT INFANTRY draws its manpower from the Mazhabi and Ramdasia elements amongst the Sikhs. They had long formed part of the armies of the Sikhs' Tenth Guru and in later Khalsa armies. The regimental insignia is the quoit, or the Chakra used by the Sikhs in combat, mounted with a 'kirpan', the Sikh dagger. The regimental motto is 'Deg, Teg, Fateh' (Prosperity in Peace and Victory in War), a phrase taken from the Sikh scriptures. The Regimental Centre is at Fatehgarh, Uttar Pradesh.Battle HonoursPre-IndependenceTaku forts, Pekin, Abyssinia, Peiwar Hotal, Charasia, Afghanistan, Kabul, Kandhar, Chitral,Egypt, Gaza, Megiddo, Sharon, Nablus, Palestine, Aden, Meiktila, Burma, Rangoon Road, Pyabwe and Sittang.
Post-lndependenceOP Hill, Kalidhar, Fatehpur and Parbat Ali.