'Balidan Diwas' literally meaning 'Sacrifice Day' is celebrated August 25th all over India by the Gorkha community in remembrace of the supreme sacrifice made by Gorkha freedom fighter Major Durga Malla.
|From the right Saheed Maj. Durga Malla and Saheed Subedar Niranjan Singh Chhetri|
Hence on August 25th we, the Indian Gorkhas, pay our homage to Saheed Durga Malla and several others who laid down their lives for securing freedom to our country.
Indian Gorkha political and apolitical organisations like Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP), Gorkha Public Panchayat (GPP), AAGSU, All Manipur Gorkha Students’ Union (AMGSU) observes 'Balidan Diwas' throughout India in honour of those brave freedom fighters who sacrificed their life for the sake of the country.
He joined 2/1 Gorkha Rifles at the age of 18 .
Indian National Army (INA) was formed under the leadership of Subhash Chandra Bose, Durga Malla left the British Army and joined the INA,
He was captured by the British at Ukhrul in Manipur on March 27, 1944 and hanged on August 25, 1944 .
His statue was installed within the premises of Parliament which was unveiled by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in September 17, 2004 .
We should also pay due homage to the following Indian Gorkha Freedom Fighters on this day.
Niranjan Singh Chhetri who was hanged by the Colonial British on 8th June in the year 1891.
Krishna Bahadur Mukhia was the personal body guard of Netaji and used to gather intelligence, comb areas that he would visit and fought in the front lines.Later wounded in Burma , captured by the British on January 31, 1944 and taken to a prison in Bangladesh . He was kept in a prison in Burma for 6 months, faced a military tribunal and dismissed from the Gorkha Regiment under the British.
Saheed Indreni Thapa and Saheed Sabitri Thapa were teenagers when they joined the ‘Bal Sena’ or ‘Janbaz Dal’of the Indian National Army led by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. One of the main functions of the “Janbaz Dal” was akin to modem day suicide squads or human bombs. Indreni Thapa and Sabitri Thapa, the two Gorkha teenagers of ‘Janbaz Dal’ attained martyrdom by blowing up British tanks. They did this by virtually making themselves human bombs by strapping mines on their bodies and crawling under the British tanks camouflaged as bushes, and blowing up the British tanks.
Bhagat Bir Lama (Martyr)
Bhim Singh Rana (Martyr)
Captain Dal Bahadur Thapa (Martyr)
Man Bahadur Thapa (Martyr)
Mohan Singh Thapa (Martyr)
Prem Singh Bista (Martyr)
Shyam Bahadur Thapa (Martyr)