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Passing Out Parade of 216 new recruits held at 58 Gorkha Training Centre

8:07 PM
India Blooms News Service 

Kolkata, Jan 19 (IBNS): The Indian government on Tuesday said 216 Gorkha youths have been inducted in the Indian Army.

The Passing Out Parade of Recruit Batch No 170 was held at 58 Gorkha Training Centre recently.

"The parade symbolises the culmination of training and transformation of a person into a young soldier.  A total of 216 recruits of 5 Gorkha Rifles and 8 Gorkha Rifles took oath of affirmation in the solemn and impressive ceremony," read a government statement.

The parade was reviewed by Brigadier RS Thakur, Commandant 58 Gorkha Training Centre and trophies – Manekshaw Trophy and Gen Dutta Trophy - were awarded to the young soldiers who performed exceedingly well in various disciplines of their military training.
Passing Out Parade of 216 new recruits held at 58 Gorkha Training Centre
Gorkha recruits take oath during passing out parade - file photo
The parents of young soldiers were also honoured with the ‘Gaurav Padak’ in recognition of  their contribution to the Nation.


Source: indiablooms


2nd battalion 3rd Gorkha Rifles celebrated 125th Raising Day

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PATHANKOT, JANUARY 18: Second battalion the 3rd Gorkha Rifles celebrated 125 years of its Raising at Pathankot falling under Western Command on Sunday.

The  Day was celebrated from January 14 to 16  at Mamun Military Station (Pkt) to commemorate the rich saga of valour, sacrifice and unflinching loyalty of its officers and men over 125 years. Relatives of  martyrs and a large number of serving and retired personnel of various ranks from Nepal and India attended the grand celebrations.

Second battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles was raised at Lansdowne, in the Garhwal Hills on 15 January, 1891 by Major (Later Lieutenant General) HD Hutchinson.

Before Independence, the Battalion was designated as ‘Second Battalion The Third Queen Alexandra’s Own Gorkha Rifles’. Post Independence, the Battalion was re-designated as ‘Second Battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles’ (2/3 GR).

Since it raising, the Battalion has participated in North West Frontier, First and Second World Wars and 1948 J&K operations. It earned for itself a total of 210 Gallantry Awards in First World War including two Victoria Crosses, the highest gallantry award of the British Indian Army and 135 Gallantry awards in Second World War. 27 Battle Honours were awarded to the battalion pre-independence.

2nd battalion 3rd Gorkha Rifles celebrated 125th Raising Day
2nd battalion 3rd Gorkha Rifles celebrated 125th Raising Day
Soon after independence in 1948, the Battalion proved its mettle yet again and earned its 28th Battle Honour ‘PIRKANTHI’. It was one of the first Battle Honours awarded to any unit after independence. The Battalion has served two tenures in the Siachen Glacier, recognised as the ‘Highest Battlefield in the World’, JLN which were duly recognised by the award of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Unit Appreciation Cards in 2003 and 2015.

The chief guest for the event was Major General Avinash Singh, Chief of Staff, Headquarters 14 Corps and Colonel of the Regiment, Third Gorkha Rifles. Special cover was also released on January 15, 2016.

Source Jammu Links News

Indian Army Open Bharti Rally 2016 Schedule Dates

8:43 AM
The Indian Army recruitment board conducts the open bharti rally for recruitment of candidates for various posts across all the states of India. For the selection of candidates the recruitment rally will be conducted at all the states within India and the candidates found eligible will be asked to appear for the next level of recruitment. Here we have specified the list of upcoming Indian Army recruitment rally scheduled for the upcoming new year 2016 at various states of India.

Indian Army Open Bharti Rally 2016 Schedule Dates

Army Rally 2016 Schedules:

Rally Dates State Name Venue Of Rally District Name
04 To 13-01-2016 PUNJAB SANGRUR SANGRUR, PATIALA, MANSA, FATEHGARH SAHIB, BARNALA
06 To 16-01-2016 MAHARASHTRA DISTRICT SPORTS STADIUM, BHANDARA WARDHA, WASHIM, YAVATMAL, NAGPUR, BHANDARA, AKOLA, AMRAVATI, CHANDRAPUR, GADCHIROLI, GONDIA
06 To 17-01-2016 UTTAR PRADESH Aunrihar, District Gazipur AZAMGARH, BALLIA, DEORIA, GHAZIPUR, MAU, GORAKHPUR
06 To 13-01-2016 UTTAR PRADESH Fatehgarh SHRAVASTI, BAHRAICH, BALRAMPUR, FARRUKHABAD, HARDOI, SITAPUR
07 To 15-01-2016 KARNATAKA Bidar YADGIR, KOPPAL, RAICHUR, GULBARGA, BIDAR, BELGAUM
07 To 15-01-2016 WEST BENGAL BANKURA STADIUM(BSA), BANKURA HOOGHLY, PARAGANAS NORTH, BANKURA, PURULIA
08 To 24-01-2016 BIHAR New KLP, HQ Recruiting Zone, Danapur BHOJPUR, BUXAR, GOPALGANJ, PATNA, SARAN, VAISHALI, SIWAN
09 To 11-01-2016 ASSAM KHANAPARA GUWAHATI BAKSA, UDALGURI, KAMRUP METRO, CHIRANG, BARPETA, BONGAIGAON, KAMRUP, DARRANG, DHUBRI, GOALPARA, NALBARI, KOKRAJHAR
09 To 11-01-2016 ASSAM KHANAPARA GUWAHATI MORIGAON, NAGAON, SONITPUR
09 To 11-01-2016 ASSAM KHANAPARA, GUWAHATI HAILAKANDI, CACHAR, DIMA HASAO, KARIMGANJ
09 To 11-01-2016 ASSAM KHANAPARA GUWAHATI JORHAT, SIVASAGAR, KARBI ANGLONG, GOLAGHAT, DIBRUGARH, LAKHIMPUR, TINSUKIA, DHEMAJI
11 To 17-01-2016 West Bengal ( Gorakha Hill Council) GHOOM ARMY GROUND Darjeeling( For Gorkhas only )
14 To 14-01-2016 CHHATTISGARH Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh SEHORE, VIDISHA, RAISEN, RAJGARH, BETUL, BHOPAL, CHHINDWARA, HARDA, HOSHANGABAD, BASTAR, DANTEWADA, BILASPUR, DHAMTARI, DURG, JANJGIR CHAMPA, JASHPUR, KANKER, KABIRDHAM, KORBA, KOREA, MAHASAMUND, RAIGARH, RAIPUR, RAJNANDGAON, SURGUJA, BIJAPUR, NARAYANPUR, SUKMA, KONDAGAON, BALODA BAZAR, GARIYABANDH, BALOD, MUNGELI, SURAJPUR, BALRAMPUR, BEMETRA
14 To 14-01-2016 MADHYA PRADESH CHHATARPUR DEWAS, DHAR, BURHANPUR, BARWANI, INDORE, NEEMUCH, MANDSAUR, KHARGONE, JHABUA, EAST NIMAR Khandwa, UJJAIN, SHAJAPUR, RATLAM, ALIRAJPUR, AGAR MALWA, SEHORE, VIDISHA, RAISEN, RAJGARH, BETUL, BHOPAL, CHHINDWARA, HARDA, HOSHANGABAD
15 To 16-01-2016 MADHYA PRADESH Chattarpur BASTAR, DANTEWADA, BILASPUR, DHAMTARI, DURG, JANJGIR CHAMPA, JASHPUR, KANKER, KABIRDHAM, KORBA, KOREA, MAHASAMUND, RAIGARH, RAIPUR, RAJNANDGAON, SURGUJA, BIJAPUR, NARAYANPUR, SUKMA, KONDAGAON, BALODA BAZAR, GARIYABANDH, BALOD, MUNGELI, SURAJPUR, BALRAMPUR, BEMETRA, TIKAMGARH, SHEOPUR, SHIVPURI, SAGAR, PANNA, MORENA, BHIND, CHHATARPUR, DAMOH, DATIA, GUNA, GWALIOR, ASHOKNAGAR
16 To 21-01-2016 RAJASTHAN JAIPUR JAIPUR
16 To 18-01-2016 HARYANA (Ambala) Charkhi Dadri BHIWANI
17 To 17-01-2016 MADHYA PRADESH chhatarpur SINGRAULI, ANUPPUR, BALAGHAT, DINDORI, JABALPUR, KATNI, MANDLA, NARSINGHPUR, REWA, SATNA, SEONI, SHAHDOL, SIDHI, UMARIA, DEWAS, DHAR, BURHANPUR, BARWANI, INDORE, NEEMUCH, MANDSAUR, KHARGONE, JHABUA, EAST NIMAR Khandwa, UJJAIN, SHAJAPUR, RATLAM, ALIRAJPUR, AGAR MALWA
18 To 25-01-2016 ODISHA 2 ORAP BATTALION, JHARSUGUDA ANUGUL, BALANGIR, BARGARH, DEOGARH, DHENKANAL, JHARSUGUDA, KEONJHAR, SAMBALPUR, SUBARNAPUR, SUNDARGARH
18 To 18-01-2016 MADHYA PRADESH CHATTARPUR SINGRAULI, ANUPPUR, BALAGHAT, DINDORI, JABALPUR, KATNI, MANDLA, NARSINGHPUR, REWA, SATNA, SEONI, SHAHDOL, SIDHI, UMARIA
20 To 24-01-2016 MIZORAM AIZAWL AIZAWL, CHAMPHAI, KOLASIB, LAWNGTLAI, LUNGLEI, MAMIT, SAIHA, SERCHHIP
01 To 15-02-2016 PUNJAB TIBRI CANTONMENT GURDASPUR, AMRITSAR, Tarn Taran, PATHANKOT
01 To 05-02-2016 KARNATAKA District Sports Stadium Hassan BENGALURU URBAN, BANGALORE RURAL, BELLARY, CHAMARAJANAGAR, CHITRADURGA, KOLAR, MANDYA, MYSORE, TUMKUR, CHIKBALLPURA, RAMANAGARA, HASSAN, KODAGU
01 To 10-02-2016 UTTAR PRADESH Saharanpur HAPUR, MEERUT, GHAZIABAD, BULANDSHAHR, BIJNOR, SAHARANPUR
02 To 10-02-2016 WEST BENGAL SERSA Stadium, Kharagpur, District – Paschim Medinipur MEDINIPUR WEST, PARAGANAS SOUTH, MEDINIPUR EAST, HOWRAH, KOLKATA
03 To 22-02-2016 MAHARASHTRA Shivaji University Sports Complex, Kolhapur KOLHAPUR, RATNAGIRI, SANGLI, SATARA, SINDHUDURG, SOLAPUR
03 To 16-02-2016 RAJASTHAN LOHAGARH STADIUM, BHARATHPUR BHARATPUR, KARAULI, DHOLPUR
04 To 15-02-2016 BIHAR Chakkar Maidaan, Muzaffarpur SAMASTIPUR, SHEOHAR, SITAMARHI, PURBI CHAMPARAN, MUZAFFARPUR, PASHCHIM CHAMPARAN, MADHUBANI, DARBHANGA
12 To 18-02-2016 UTTAR PRADESH Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, MAINPURI (UP) MAINPURI, MATHURA, HATHRAS, FIROZABAD, ALIGARH, KASGANJ
14 To 14-02-2016 GOA Shivaji University Sports Complex, Kolhapur NORTH GOA, SOUTH GOA
19 To 24-02-2016 RAJASTHAN KYAD VISHRAM STHALI, AJMER AJMER, BARAN, BUNDI, CHITTORGARH, BHILWARA, JHALAWAR, KOTA, RAJSAMAND

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Separate India Gorkha Regiment : Subash Ghishing

8:46 PM

Shri Subash Ghisingh always stood for separate Indian Gorkha Troops reason being to differentiate the “Indo – Nepal Agreement Troops” and the “Indian Gorkha Troops” and for greater interest of India, there were series of talks and correspondence regarding this issue:
15th January 1987, Telegram sent To Shri Rajiv Gandhi, P M of India, Copy to King of Nepal:
We have no other alternative but to ask the whole settled Indian Gorkhas not to join the “Agreement Troops” of Gorkha Rifles. Furthermore, we are compelled to ask the central Government of India to immediately establish a New and Separate India Gorkha Regiment so as to save the whole settled Gorkhas from unnecessary and permanent stigma and allegation of Foreigners, Mercenaries, Reciprocal people and Nepal subjects.
3rd February, 1987 Statement released:
Urging government for formation of separate “Indian Gorkha Troops” to save guard the Indian Gorkha community and in the larger interest of Indian.
22nd July 1987, Letter To Rajiv Gandhi PM, India: 
Point No 9, (iii) The “Indian Gorkha Regiment” must be established as soon as possible so as to make a clear distinction between the “Agreement Troops” and the “Indian Gorkha Troops” in the interest of the victimized Gorkha and in the interest of the country of Indian. After declaration of the Government Notification on the issue of citizenship, the recruitment of the aboriginal and the settled gorkhas to the “Agreement Troops” must be immediately stopped.
MOS was signed 23rd August 1988 between Subash Ghising (President of GNLF) and CG Somiah (Union Home Secretary) in presence of Sd/ Buta Singh (Union Home Minister) in Delhi.
As regards raising a separate Indian Gorkha Regiment, the policy of the Government of India of not having any new regiment raised on class composition was acknowledge. However, it was clarified that it is not obligatory for Indian Gorkhas to join only specified Gorkha Regiments and that they have the option to join the Regiments of their choice. To this extent suitable instructions will be issued by the Army Headquarters.

Recent political Scenario: 
13th May 2008 “No More Gurkhas for India” Prachanda has asked the Indian state to stop the recruitment of Nepalese into the Indian military.
20th March 2012 – Times of India “Nepal may ban Gorkhas from joining foreign armies” Rajat Pandit, "As per our information, it's a proposal being studied in Nepal as of now...no final decision has yet been taken. We are tracking it closely," said a senior defense ministry official on Monday.”
21st March 2012 – Hindustan Times:
“Gorkha soldiers from Nepal who have been an integral part of the Indian Army for over six decades could soon become a thing of the past and a glorious chapter of valor and sacrifice by soldiers of a friendly neighbour would come to an end”
23rd January 2015: Daily Mai News :
“Stir in Indian army as Kathmandu mulls Gorkha ban”
Nepal government set to impose ban on joining Indian army by Gorkhas as Social media video of martyr Ram Bahadur Gurung generates acute breach amongst Indian army units.
Nepal’s communist Chief have been urging ban of Gorkhas in Indian army for quite sometimes further recent shift of foreign relation of Nepal from Indian to China and ongoing protest of Madhesis in Nepal which Nepal accuse India or BJP of providing logistics support to the movement of Madhesis (Indian origin Nepali) against the Nepal Government; Further the ongoing supply cut of petrol, diesel, domestic LPG and jet fuel by Indian and China coming in to supply 1,000 tonnes fuel to Nepal are seen as series of event which are creating rift between two countries.
Therefore the announcement made on 29th October 2015 to raise an additional battalions for Indian Gorkha is a strategic decision taken by ministry of defence (India)
The Army has several Gorkha regiments— 1GR, 3GR, 4GR, 5GR, 8GR, 9GR and 11 GR, with five battalions each. The stipulated ration of composition of these regiments between Nepalese and Gorkhas of Indian domicile is about 70:30. “The Army’s plans are that each Gorkha Regiment will raise an additional battalion, which will be done in a phased manner, beginning with 1 GR,” said Lt Gen Thodge. Unlike in the past where Gorkha battalions comprised troops primarily from Nepal, the new battalion, designated as the Sixth Battalion of the First Gorkha Rifles (6/1 GR), will comprise Gorkha troops of Indian domicile (Indian Gorkhas), that is, those settled in the hilly regions of northern India and the North-East.
Finally after 28 years, Indian government have now understood the significance of separate Indian Gorkha Troops for the safeguard of India and the Gorkha Regiment itself, what Mr Subash Ghisingh did in 1987 “The Great political foresighted Leader” Hamro Appa !
Jai Gorkha, Jai Gorkhaland !

Writes Gorkhas N Gorkhaland

Indian Army will raise a new Gorkha Battalion 6/1GR by April 2016

9:37 AM

SUBATHU: The historic First Gorkha Regiment (GR) of the Indian Army would raise a new battalion in April next year. It's after a gap of almost five decades that the Gorkha Regiment would be raising new battalion. As of now First Gorkha Regiment has five battalions and the new battalion would be known as 6/1GR.

Confirming the development, Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge, Quarter Master General of Indian Army and Colonel of the First Gorkha regiment, said the new battalion would be raised by April 2016, at historic Subathu Cantonment of Himachal Pradesh.

Gen Thodge, who was at Subathu on Thursday to celebrate the bicentenary celebrations and reunion of the of First Gorkha regiments, said the new battalion would not only include the gritty Gorkhas from Nepal but also Gorkha boys from Dehradun, West Bengal, Kangra and Dharmashala areas of Himachal Pradesh.

The First Gorkha regiment was raised 200 years back in April 1815 at Subathu cantonment. Around 1,500 soldiers including retired generals, pensioners from Nepal and various part of country along with their families had gathered at the Subathu cantonment to celebrate much awaited bicentenary celebrations and reunion of regiment, which comes once in four years. The celebrations would continue till Saturday. Till then they would stay there to enjoy the gala of customary celebrations that are part of the legacy of the historic regiment.

Celebrations started with a wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday morning at the Regimental War Memorial, where floral tributes were paid to those killed in the line of duty. A ceremonial guard reversed arms while buglers sounded the last post followed by the rouse.

Thereafter, Colonel of the regiment Lt Gen Ravi Thodge addressed the gathering and praised cordiality of Gorkha soldier and their courage and eagerness to lay down life in the line of duty.

Lt Gen H J S Sachdeva, director general, Assam Rifles and one of the senior officers of the regiment was also present on the occasion.

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Govt wants Gorkha units to stop the ritual slaughtering of buffaloes

8:07 AM

Signalling the end of an age old tradition, the defence ministry has asked the army to ensure that none of its units indulge in the ritual slaughtering of buffaloes, reminding the force that sacrificing bovines is against the law. Highly-placed sources in the ministry told ET that instructions have been issued to put an end to the practice of certain army units to behead a male buffalo (Rango) during Dussehra that is attributed mostly to Gorkha tradition.

"No doubt it is an old tradition but the tradition is now against Indian law. There are laws that govern slaughter and sacrificing an animal in such a manner is against the rules," a top defence ministry functionary told ET. Sources said instructions were sent earlier this month to ensure that buffalo sacrifice did not take place at Gorkha units across the country on Dussehra. The view of the government is that the ritual sacrifice amounts to cruelty and the slaughtering of an animal has to be done according to the law.

"It is understood that there may be some who wish to carry out this tradition but rules should not be bent. If there is such a need, rules can be followed and the animal can be taken to government authorized slaughter houses as per the law," a ministry source said, adding that there has been no opposition to the move.

While the decision has been welcomed by some veterans who believe that it is time for such traditions to fade away, others have opposed the move. "Over a period of time, the practice of buffalo sacrifice has reduced in Gorkha battalions. The men would be equally up to accepting the fact that we have to change with time. I do not see any opposition to such a move," Brigadier Rattan Kaul (retd), who commanded the 4/5 Gorkha battalion, said.

(Originally published in The Times of India)

Gorkha Rifles to increase recruitment of Gorkha youth of North East

7:16 PM

"There has always been a healthy mix of Nepalese and Indian Gorkha troops in our regiments and there has been a trickle of soldiers who have been recruited from the North East, but now we want to increase the numbers that we get from there," said Lt Gen Thodge.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina 

In order to boost the number of Indian domiciled Gorkha soldiers in the Army, efforts are being made to tap into the Gorkha youth settled in the north eastern parts of the country even as the Army is raising a new battalion of Gorkha troops.

According to Lt Gen Ravi Thodge, Colonel of the Regiment of the First Gorkha Rifles, the first Gorkha regiment to be raised by the British in 1815 and which is celebrating its 200 years of raising here at this quaint British cantonment town in Himachal Pradesh, the Army is looking to increase the number of Gorkha troops in its rank from the North East.

“There has always been a healthy mix of Nepalese and Indian Gorkha troops in our regiments and there has been a trickle of soldiers who have been recruited from the North East, but now we want to increase the numbers that we get from there,” said Lt Gen Thodge. The General is presently posted as Master General of Ordnance in Army Headquarters and is in Subathu to participate in the re-union of Gorkha troops, serving and retired, here at the regimental centre. This will also mark the 200 years of the service of Gorkha soldiers in the Indian Army.

According to Lt Gen Thodge, there is no problem in getting recruits from Nepal and whatever political issues that might exist have had no effect on the number of young men from that country queuing to join the Indian Army’s Gorkha Regiments. ‘There is a significant population of Gorkhas in the North East, particularly in Sikkim, and this number can be increased,” he said.

The Army has been striving to achieve a ratio of 60:40 (Nepalese and Indian troops respetively) in its Gorkha battalions, but this ratio has been dwindling over the years. An officer associated with the 14 Gorkha Training Centre (GTC) in Subathu, home to the First and Fourth Gorkha Rifles, said Indian Gorkha recruits had been joining in large numbers lately. However, there has not been any shortfall in the number of Nepalese youth wanting to join the Indian Army.

Lt Gen Thodge also informed that for the first time in many years a new Gorkha Battalion was being raised and that this new unit is coming up in the First Gorkha Rifles. The 6/1 Gorkha Rifles or Sixth Battalion of First Gorkha Rifles is under raising in Subathu and has already been christened as the ‘Kanchi Paltan’ or the youngest battalion of the regiment.

“The new battalions will be raised in other Gorkha regiments too in a phased manner as has been envisaged in the modernisation plan, particularly in those regiments which have only five battalions each,” Lt Gen Thodge said.

More than 100 Gorkha veterans from Nepal have especially come to participate in the 200th annversary celebrations here. Among the veterans is nearly 90 year old British officer, Lt Col JP Cross (retd) who served in the pre-Independence era and is now settled in Nepal.

The First Gorkha Rifles owns its birth to the British victory over Gorkha soldiers at Maluan Fort near Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. The British were so impressed with the valour of the Gorkhas that they decided to raise a Regiment comprising them and the first such unit came up in Subathu in 1815. Since then the First Gorkha Rifles is known as the ‘Malaun Regiment’.

The bicentenary celebrations of the Gorkhas are also being conducted in the British Army and the year long affair will culminate, in India and in the United Kingdom, in April 2016. The three-day celebrations at Subathu were kicked off today with a special Sainik Sammelan addressed by the Colonel of the Regiment.

Source Indian Express

 
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