New Delhi: The President of India is the highest constitutional authority in the country. Seasoned politician Pranab Mukherjee has been elected as the 13th President of India. Mukherjee will not only have a change in his designation and address, but will also be surrounded by the most elite group of security personnel which is known as The President’s Bodyguard (PBG).

Going back in the history, the highest administrative and military authority during British Raj was the Governor General of India. It was Governor General Warren Hastings who had first established the elite group of security guards in 1773 with 100 specially picked troopers.

This group of security personnel, which was then named Governor's Troop of Mughals, was augmented with passage of time from 100 in 1773 to four officers, 14 JCOs and 161 Bodyguards-men backed up by administrative support personnel, an establishment which has not changed much in the last century. Equipped with armoured cars, its men are trained for operational duties, both as tank men and airborne troops in addition to their ceremonial role.
The PBG has the unique distinction being, the only military unit in the Indian Army, privileged to carry the President's Silver Trumpet and Trumpet Banner.

The PBG has had a high tradition of rendering greatest service in the time of need. It played a commending role in the situation cropped up in the aftermath of the upheaval of the partition in 1947 in the capital. Detachments of the Unit served with the Indian forces in Sri Lanka in 1988-89. It has also the elite troops have also rendered its services on the world's highest battlefield in Siachen. It has also joined with the Indian contingents forming part of the United Nations Force in Somalia Sierra Leone and Angola.


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