I wish to share a few pictures of the Bombay Sapper commemorative parade held on 31 Jan 2010 on a lovely winter morning.



The Bombay Sappers celebrated its 190th Group Day from January 28 – 31. Several functions are held including a Para-drop event by serving and retired officers.  A commemorative parade and reunion was held on the concluding day on January 31. This year, the Group Day coincides with the reunion of Bombay Sappers that is held every four years. Over 700 veterans from across India attended the reunion.

As a Bombay Sapper I never miss the parade held every year. The smart turn-out, sharp drill movement and steely resolve in the eyes of the Bombay Sappers marching past is hugely inspirational. The colorful setting of the venue, the spirited warm welcome and the ambiance is an exquisite


The Bombay Sappers Memorial



The Bombay Sappers

One of the most solemn occasions of the parade is the Nishan Toli (picture below) carrying with pride the flag of the Presidents Colors. Serving personnel salute the Nishan and civilian guests stand in respect. A parade is an event that fills the heart of every Indian with pride.



The Bombay Sappers have a historic association with the Sikh LI as the regiment traces its origin to the Royal Sikh Pioneers, which were part of the sappers during the 19th century. A contingent of Sikh Li always participates in the parade as seen in the picture.


Sikh Li Contingent

The Bombay Engineering Group, or the Bombay Sappers as they are informally known, are a regiment of the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombay_Engineer_Group

The regimental centre is located in Kirkee, Pune. Several Awards and Battle and Theatre Honors have been awarded to Bombay Sappers who fought in different wars in India and in other countries. Lieutenant General Premindra Singh Bhagat VC, PVSM (14 October 1918 – 23 May 1975) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. The Victoria Cross was conferred on him for his actions in the Sudan theatre during the World War II.

So my friends aren’t you inspired? 🙂


About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

20 responses »

  1. payal says:

    i spend my 24 yrs in Bombay sappers coz my dad was in Bombay sappers and also he was the part of this parade as drill instructor ….now he is retired but is i still miss that life… thnx 4 sharing dis pics here….


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Payal. How wonderful of you to share your sentiments on The Bombay Sapper with such nice words.Please convey my warmest greetings and good wishes to your dad.

      So bye for now and best of luck.


      • payal says:

        Wish you all happy rebuBlic day. Very few of you might be knowing that Bombay engineering group used to march in Republic Day parade Delhi. .last they marched on rajpath was 2004..so proud to be Daughter of armyperson who was part of that parade..

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        • dilipnaidu says:

          Indeed an honour to know that The Bombay Sapper contingent was selected to march past on Rajpath in 2004. Here’s wishing you too many wonderful tidings on our Republic Day.
          Kind regards and Jai Hind 🇮🇳


  2. Vedant says:

    Hi Sapper

    Hope u doing great!

    Please accept my standing salute to your & sappers great contribution for our country.

    Cheers!! 🙂


  3. Dilip Naidu says:

    Dear Hitesh …I have been a Bombay Sapper all my life :)they are the pride of our Indian Army! I am so glad you liked the pictures.

    I guess NIBM is keeping you rather busy exams and thing?

    BTW the next post on ‘A Brilliant Idea’- Nikhil is the son of a friend and every click on his link counts for his win. Please do click.

    Its always great to hear from you. Thanks and best regards.


  4. Hello Dilip Sir,

    This is really amazing post full of great pictures! I never knew about Bombay Sappers. Really interesting stuff…


  5. Geetha says:

    Thank you for facilitating my first learning of the day, Sir! I had to look up “SARVATRA” which I believe is the Indian equivalent of Latin “ubique” and that again led me to the famous poem titled “Ubique” by Rudyard Kipling:



    Thanks and regards,



    • Dilip says:

      Hello Geetha,

      I now recall “Ubique” was our motto and inscribed on our corps emblems. The links are valuable and remind me of the historic association of the Corps of Engineers with the Corps of Artillery.

      This is really nice of you. Thanks and regards.


  6. chaitanya says:

    Their skills are amazing not only in drills but also in fields. Years ago I saw one documentary on Bombay Sappers showing their speed & flawlessness in building infrastructure in remote areas. It is result of their shear excellence & dedication towards greater cause.

    Salute to them.


    • Dilip says:

      आपका ये भाव पड़ कर आपने तो हमारा दिल जीत लिया चैतन्य … you are right the Bombay Sappers and all Sappers (Bengal and Madras) of the Corps of Engineers always live up to the true spirit of our motto “SARVATRA”.

      Cheers and thank you!


  7. Dilip Naidu says:

    Hey Lalit I like that response! Now I know what was so special about you – yes you did have a streak of the military in you! 🙂

    You were a sincere and brilliant student in your MBA days and I am sure you now are a valuable asset in the company that you work for.

    With warm regards. Thanks.


  8. Lalit Verma says:

    Sir your post is really amazing,It is inspirational to…by reading it make me jealous about you guys.I also want to live and feel your life.
    Thanks for such a nice post.


  9. Geetha says:

    Truly inspirational, Sir. Thank you! And may I please salute you and all the Armed Forces men and women who brave it out in order to let civilians like us live and sleep in peace?

    Thanks and regards,



  10. Dilip Naidu says:

    Yes Jinay that’s what our Jawaans are – the best in the world!

    Best regards!


  11. Jinay Parekh says:

    This is really amazing sir.
    Salute to you and to all the Jawaans across India whom we trust for their work and their dedication toward the country.


  12. Dilip says:

    Wow Navinder.Your comment boosts the morale and reflects the true military spirit! Many thanks and regards.


  13. A gem of a post, sir.

    Keep them coming!


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