Assam Rifles Pays Homage to Major Bob Khathing
On 28 Feb 2023, Lt Gen PC Nair, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, PhD, DG Assam Rifles along with Maj Gen Rajan Sharawat, VSM, IG Assam Rifles paid homage to the iconic figure of the North East, Maj Bob Khathing, Padamshree, MC, MBE at Imphal on the occassion of his birth anniversary. The ceremony was attended by Mr John Khating, son of Maj Bob Khathing and other important dignitaries both Military and Civil.
Major Bob Khathing, Padamshree, MC, MBE was a legendary figure from the North East. During World War II, he served with the famous V Force and for his gallantry, was awarded the Military Cross and Member of the British Empire (MBE). Apart from his committed service in Assam during the great earthquake of 1950, he played key roles in the transitional period in the State of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim. Major Khathing’s name has special relevance to Arunachal Pradesh; he served as the Assistant Political Officer in erstwhile NEFA. He was also the first Officer to successfully unfurl the Indian Tri-colour at Tawang in the year 1951. Owing to his immense contribution to the North East Region he was awarded the “Padmashree” by the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1957.
DG Assam Rifles, during his short speech, recalled the valuable contribution of Maj Bob Khathing at erstwhile NEFA and his overall contribution towards peace and security of the North East India. The DG thanked the presence of family members of the hero and highlighted the importance of remembering the contributions of those who helped shape the vibrant and ever developing North-East that it is today.A felicitation ceremony from the Khathing family was also conducted during the event for Tangkhul students who topped in class 10th and 12th Board Examinations in various streams and cash prizes along with certificates were distributed. A total of 13 students located in various parts of India received the awards during the function.