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The National Emblem through a Regimental Badge
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 5/14/2011 12:00:00 AM

Post World War-ll all the three battalions of the Bihar Regiment adopted the three headed Ashoka  lion badge of I Bihar, which had by then been formally approved by Army Headquarters. Its initial selection by I Bihar is unique.
It traces its origin to when Captain Habibullah Khan Khattak of the unit went to Calcutta and visited its famous Victoria Museum. There he came across the four-sided Ashoka lions and thought it to be an appropriate emblem for his unit. Ashoka''s connection with Bihar was well known, and that would strengthen his case. Captain Habibullah brought back a few picture postcards of this emblem with him to pursue the matter.
In his capacity as the officiating CO in the absence of the British CO on leave, he sent a letter to Army Headquarters recommending the Ashoka lions as the new emblem of the newly raised Bihar Regiment. After some deliberations this proposal was agreed to and thus it became the official emblem for the Bihar Regiment.
When 1 Bihar came to Shillong for rest after operations in Burma at the beginning of 1945, it was visited by the Governor of Bihar, Sir Thomas Rutherford. During this visit the Governor noticed the fine cap badge of the Regiment. He was so impressed by it that he requested Lieutenant Colonel M. Habibullah Khan (who had taken over command of the battalion by then), if he would allow him to use this emblem for the Bihar Government. The Bihar Government emblem then was a fish in a bowl. The Colonel was delighted, felt greatly honoured and readily gave permission after consulting the officers and all ranks of 1 Bihar, and soon the Bihar Government adopted its new crest vide a Gazette Notification published in May 1945.
Interestingly, the Government of India, too, adopted the Ashoka lions crest as its official emblem in 1947, immediately following the partition of the country into India and Pakistan. This crest is also used to connote the Indian Army ranks of Major and Subedar Major, apart from forming various combinations to connote other senior officer ranks. (Courtesy : Indian Army)

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