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Story Behind “Badluram Ka Badan…” Song |Regimental Song Of Assam Regiment

“Badluram ka Badan zamin ke nichey hain…” (Badluram’s body is now buried) You all must have seen Assam Regiment (not to mistaken as Assam Rifles) thrilling and dancing on this song. But do you know the story behind this song composed by Major M. T. Proktor whose lyrics itself depicts the story, which are as follows:

Ek khubsurat ladki thi…
Usko dekh ke rifleman…
Chindi khichna bhul gaya…
Havaldar Major dekh liya…
Usko pittu lagaya…
Badluram ek sipahi thaa…
Japan war me mar gaya…
Quartermaster smart thaa…
Usney ration nikala…
Badluram ka badan zamin ke nichey hain…
Toh humein uska ration milta hain…
Sabashh… hallelujah…
Toh humein uska ration milta hain…

History Behind

This song is based on a real-life incident and is created in honor of Rifleman Badluram a soldier of the 1st Battalion, Assam Regiment in British Indian Army who died while fighting against the Japanese Army in World War II. Badluram was killed in the early days of the battle from a gunshot wound.

Later the Japanese troops had Kohima under their military blockade and cut down British Indian Army supply. Soon the British troops started facing the food shortage, the airdrop supply was also difficult because of the terrain and due to the deployment of Japanese anti-aircraft gun.

But the Quartermaster of Badluram’s company didn’t remove Badluram’s name from the ration list and the surplus ration that was collected in the name of Badluram over the months proved to be a godsend. Which later helped the troops survive the siege. And in his memory, Major P.T Porktor in 1946 created a song that later became the regimental song of the Assam Regiment and is sung by recruits in passing out parade at Shillong.

Rap by EPR-Iyer depicting the story of Rifleman Badluram

Karan Bisht

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