Armies are military force, equipped for fighting on land and protecting their fellow inhabitants. So, this story is about an Army whose identity is totally unknown to us till now, but still he resides in the heart of all Armies under the Assam Regiment which is an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.
During the World War 2 (1939-1945), Japan was trying to invade India. Indian soldiers were bound to participate in World War II under the British Raj. Situations were different during those times, like less connected to the modernisation. Meanwhile while fighting with the Japanese Armies an Indian Soldier named “Badluram” was martyred and suddenly he got such an attention, that even today at the Happy Valley, Shillong when a passing out ceremony is held, all the Armies sing a regimental song based on a story of Badluram.
The song of Badluram had a vast meaning. Below are the lyrics of the song
“Ek khoobsurat ladki thi, Usko dekh ke rifleman,
Chindi khichna bhul gaya, Havaldar Major dekh liya,
Usko pittu lagaya, Badluram ek sipahi tha,
Japan War me mar gaya, Quatar Master smart tha,
Usne ration nikala, Badluram ka badam zamin ka neeche hain,
Toh hume uska ration milta hain,
Every soldier stationed in the war zone was entitled to ration. It was the duty of the Quarter Master to report deaths to the authority. Ration of the dead were then stopped. The Quarter Master did not report his death. As a result, the Assam Regiment continued receiving the ration share of Badluram even after his death. This resulted in surplus ration in a few months. Eventually, Japanese soldiers surrounded the Assam Regiment and cut them off from all logistical assistance. The regiment stopped getting ration and other supplies. It was then that Badluram’s share of surplus ration helped them make it through the siege that lasted several days. Badluram’s ration saved them from starving!
Had the surplus been not there, the soldiers would have been starved to death! The regimental song was sung for a tribute and the best way to say Thank You to the one who helped others indirectly even after his death.