|1st Battalion Gurkha Officers Malakand 1939 - seated centre Honorary Lieutenant|
& Subedar Major Maniraj Gurung OBI Sirdar Bahadur
"It is a great pleasure to know that the first Battalion of 3rd Gorkha Rifles is observing its Bicentenary Celebrations on 24th April, 2015. In the long period of their services, the Battalion has proved their courage, valour, dedication and devotion to duty, which make the entire Gorkha Nepali Community proud of the achievements. Their acts of bravery and martyrdom are written in golden letters not only in the history of the Battalion, but also of the Indian Army. Today, the Gorkha Nepali community is known and recognized in the entire world due to the contribution of these valiant men.
To those who laid down their lives in the service to the call of their duty, I pay my humble obeisance and tribute in their memory. On this auspicious day, I congratulate all the members of the Battalion and also the entire Gorkha Nepali Community and to always maintain the highest standard in the service of the Nation."
BIMAL GURUNG on the occasion
"Today as India celebrates 200 years of glorious service to the nation provided by the brave Gorkhali soldiers, let us all take a moment to remember all those brave soldiers who have laid down their life in defending our great nation. Let us all take a moment to remember and celebrate those soldiers who are currently serving in the army, navy, and air force and their families, without whose service and sacrifice the safety and security of our country would not be possible.
The 1st Gorha Rifles and 1/3rd Gorkha Rifles complete 200 years of service to our motherland today, and I want to thank all our brave Gorkha soldiers past and present, and their families.
We the Gorkhas have always taken pride of our rich and glorious military heritage, and whenever our motherland has been threatened we have always stepped up first to defend her.
However, I cannot help but feel a tad sad when I realize that despite our 200 years of service to our motherland, for the past 108 years we have had to struggle for our right to equality, justice and dignity.
200 years of service to the nation, and yet the dream of every Gorkha, past and present - Gorkhaland remains unfulfilled.
The time has now come to realize all those dreams, the time has now come for the nation to do justice to the hopes and aspirations of all the Indian Gorkhalis by forming the state of Gorkhaland.
I congratulate the 1/1 GR and 1/3 GR on this glorious day and request the Hon'ble Prime Minster to honour our past and present soldiers, their families and all the Indian Gorkhalis by forming the state of Gorkhaland"