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Showing posts with label Gorkha Regiment. Show all posts

India offers to send its Gurkhas to Brunei

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Britain’s last military outpost in the Far East may be at risk amid reports India has offered to send its Gurkhas to protect the Sultanate of Brunei, a role currently performed by the British Army.

The tiny oil-rich sultanate of Brunei was a British protectorate for almost a century, and has continued to pay to host a battalion of British Army Gurkhas since independence in 1984.

But in recent years Brunei has found itself caught up in a struggle between its larger regional neighbours including India and China over the South China Sea.

On an official visit ending on Wednesday, Indian vice-president Mohammad Hamid Ansari signed a bilateral defence agreement involving joint military exercises and training, in part designed to shore up Brunei against Chinese claims on its disputed maritime territory.

Sources present at the meeting told The Indian Express that India had also offered to provide troops including retired soldiers from its own Gurkha Regiment, potentially supplanting the current role of the British Forces Brunei.

The claims will raise fears over the future of a deal in which the Sultan pays tens of millions of pounds annually to support a 1,000-strong British Army presence that informally guarantees his rule.

It comes at a time when the Sultanate is making swingeing defence cuts as its economy reels from plummeting global oil prices.

Officials briefed after the meeting that a team from Brunei would shortly visit India to “identify areas" of cooperation.

An Indian foreign ministry spokesman did not deny the reports, but said the proposal was “not a firm offer” and could be limited to provision of bodyguards rather than active military.

India is keen to build stronger ties with many Southeast Asian countries as part of a ‘Look East’ strategy designed to counterbalance China’s expansion in the region.

Energy-hungry India also imports large amounts of oil and gas from Brunei, while the sultanate is home to a 10,000-strong Indian community.

During the Sultan of Brunei’s visit to Chequers last February, David Cameron signed a deal to renew the presence of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in Brunei for another five years.

A Number 10 spokesman said at the time: "The PM noted that the garrison enables the UK to provide a permanent presence in South Asia while also providing an opportunity for British forces to undertake extreme environment training.”

Britain keeps a battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in Brunei in an agreement with the Sultan, and keeps another battalion in Folkestone.

The Sultanate also has a separate military which includes a reserve Gurkha unit, made mainly of former British Gurkhas who decided to stay on in the country after retiring.

A defence source said it would likely be this reserve force that would be affected by any deal with India.

The source said: "There's absolutely no question that the Royal Gurkha Rifles battalion is going to replaced by Indian Gurkhas."
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "The employment of forces from other countries in Brunei is a matter for the Government of Brunei."

Via DefenceNews

94 year old Gorkha 2nd world war veteran no more

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Mr.Rabi lall Gurung , aged 94 is no more ,he breath his last breathe yesterday night in his own native place at Polok, Borong busty few km from Ravong town Sikkim.

About Mr.Rabi lall Gurung 
He fought 2nd world war as a British Gorkha army , 3rd Gorkha regiment with Germany and other allied Nation, after winning the 2nd world war in 1945 he took VRS from the service. Then he came back to his own native place to help and to uplift the society. Later he worked as a panchayat President, he did lots of work to uplift his village like he established committee school, night school and many more at the time.

He was very keen to work for the society as well as to share his experience like life in army and to give valuable suggestion what he gain from other countries.

Share by Damber S. Gurung(grand son).

Gorkha Regiment India's Most Badass Regiment, Nightmare For the Enemies

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Gorkha Regiment Is India's Most Badass Regiment And A Nightmare For Our Enemies

Writes Anshul Gandhi

“If a man says he‘s not afraid of dying, he’s either lying or he’s a Gorkha.”

This quote by Sam Manekshaw, Indian Army’s first Field Marshal, aptly describes what it means to be a Gorkha. Indian Army Gorkhas are meant to be fearless and as any military personnel worth his salt would know, they are also the most worthy warriors of the Indian Army.

Courage on war front and innumerable gallantry awards notwithstanding, the aura of Gorkhas on the field demands immense respect and makes the enemy tremble with fear. Their personal weapon is a ‘Kukri’, which is a 12-inch long curved knife and can be found with every Gorkha rifle personnel. The Kukri or Khukri is also embedded in their badges attested on the uniform.
Gorkha Regiment India's Most Badass Regiment, Nightmare For the Enemies
Gorkha Regiment India
The Gorkhas became an integral part of pre-independence British army after British General Sir David Ochterlony saw the Gorkha men fight against the British East Indian Company. From then on, Gorkhas have been a part of Afghan Wars, Indian Rebellion of 1857, and other United Nations peace keeping missions in Lebanon and Sierra Leone too.

After independence, out of the 10 Gorkha regiments at the time, six joined the Indian army. An 11th regiment was re-raised post-independence after many men from 7th and 10th regiment which had defected to the British army, joined the Indian army.

Currently, the Indian army is indebted to the service of 40,000 brave Gorkha soldiers in 42 different battalions of 7 regiments. One of the most famous platoon of Gorkhas, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles is one of the most decorated with 11 vir Chakras, 2 Maha Vir Chakras, 3 Ashok Chakras and 1 Param Vir Chakra. The stories of its Param Vir Chakra winner Lt. Manoj Kumar Pandey are a case study in their glorious history of courageous war footings.

Another famous battalion of Gorkhas is the third battalion of the 4 Gorkha Rifles which was instrumental in Operation Meghdoot in Siachen. The 8 Gorkha Rifles are also have a glorious past as they produced one of the only two Field Marshals for India – Sam Manekshaw. India’s current chief of army staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, is also from the Gorkha Regiment which is a testament of the most incredible services of Gorkhas.

On this Republic Day, we salute these brave men of the Gorkhas for their courage and sacrifice, may they bring more glory to our nation!

Source mensxp

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

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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

Remembering Gorkhas on VIJAY‬ DIWAS

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On ‪‎VIJAY‬ DIWAS: We Remember and Salute Our Legends

To those who don't know about it, Vijay Diwas‬ is when 93000 Pakistani terrorists surrendered to 5000 Indian soldiers on ‪‎Dec16‬ 1971.

Amongst the various paltans that participated in the war for Bangladesh liberation, the ‪Gorkhas‬ have stood out  through their unparalleled bravery, sheer grit and determination, and won the platitude of laurels in not just India, but across the world.

Highlighting three major battles that the Gorkhas fought and won….


Amongst the Gorkhas, the Fighting Fifth 5/11 GR won for themselves the Battle honour “BOGRA” for itself. In fact the battle honour Bogra and theater honour East Pakistan was bestowed to the 5th only.

In the Indo - Pakistani war of 1971 the 5th battalion was instrumental in liberating Bangladesh, In the operations of East Pakistan, the 5th had secured the Bogra town for 20 mountain division, in one of the most daring operations Lt Teja Bedi and his Gorkha troops had single-handedly captured the headquarters along with the Commanding Officer and RMO of the prestigious Baluch Regiment of East Pakistan.

The regimental flag of 52 Baluch Regiment is still HUNG UPSIDE DOWN in the officer’s mess of the 5th and is one of their prized possession.


One great initial battle of the war fought at Atgram to break the outer crust of Pakistani defences in the East opposite Sylhet sector needs revisiting. The battalion tasked was 4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) which went on to capture Gazipur and eventually single-handedly took the surrender of the Sylhet garrison.

Not before and not since has any battalion launched a full scale assault employing just the Khukuri and guile alone. After getting their orders, by 5am the fierce Khukuri assault had silenced Pakistani Maj Alvi’s Bravo Company. In the mopping up, nearly 45 bodies were found scattered around the main position.

The heroes of this silent battle were Rifleman Dil Bahadur Chhetri, whose Khukuri accounted for eight Pakistan soldiers, and was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra; Rifleman Phas Bahadur Pun and 2nd Lieutenant Hawa Singh received posthumously, the Vir Chakra; and Captain Pravin Johry (posthumously) and Subedar Teerth Bahadur Gurung won the Sena Medal

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The 4/5 Gorkhas were not to be left behind and were the 1st Indian troops to mount a Heliborne operations.

On a conservative estimate, the Heliborne Operation of Sylhet Gurkhas (4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force)) made it possible for Indian Army and Mukhti Bahini to reach Dacca much earlier than planned; at least by 8 days.

On the 16th, when the surrender ceremony was going on at Dacca, Sylhet Gurkhas were celebrating with a toast, in honour of three fold success of the Battalion:

1. First Ever Successful Heliborne Operation of Indian Army, which tied the two brigades from the 7th to the 15th of December. 
2. Surrender of two Pakistani Brigades (202 and 313) on 15th December 1971. 
3. First major surrender to own forces in the Eastern Theatre. 
But the fourth larger toast, unknown to them at that time, was reserved for surrender at Dacca, which was thought unattainable.

For 'Early Dacca Surrender' was made possible by Sylhet Gurkhas tying down the Pakistani Meghna River Brigade (313), in addition to 202 Pak Infantry Brigade at Sylhet from the 7th to the 15th.

However, the degree of valour and contribution to the early creation of free Bangladesh, credit also goes to the men of the Sylhet Gurkhas, but not without a price. The cost of glory over the 27 days (20th November to 16th December) was not meagre.

Thirty one (4 Officers, 3 Junior Commissioned Officers, 7 Non-Commissioned Officers and 17 Riflemen) sacrificed their lives. Ironically one officer (Major Puri) and one Rifleman (Rifleman Kanta Bir Thapa) were injured during the 1965 War also, but this time they sacrificed their lives.

Another 122 (7 Officers, 2 Junior Commissioned Officers, 32 Non- Commissioned Officers and 81 Riflemen) were injured. A total of 153 casualties, including 11 Officers, constituted nearly 25 percent of the Battalion strength, out of which 55 were leaders at different levels (Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers); nearly 8 percent of the Battalion strength. This was the leadership and lead provided by Company, Platoon and Section Commanders.

Sylhet is the Battle Honour of The Sylhet Gorkhas and East Pakistan as Theatre Honour and nobody can deny that Heliborne Operations by Sylhet Gurkhas lead to early surrender at Dacca in December 1971.

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We SALUTE the bravery of our troops, and celebrate their great legacy.

While others may forget…. WE REMEMBER!!

Source : TheDC

Separate India Gorkha Regiment : Subash Ghishing

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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 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

Assam regiment to replace Gorkhas

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 The signboard in front of the quarter guard on Mhow's Mall Road, which carried information on Battle of Lushai Hills, will soon impart information on Battle of Jessami. The 2nd battalion of Assam regiment is replacing the 4/1 Gorkha regiment in Mhow and the process of handing over of charge is on. 

Mhow military station has premier army training institutions and as per the requirement, Army War College and Infantry School are supported by Infantry battalions. Thus two battalions are deployed in Mhow, one for each of the two institutions. A battalion of Gorkha Regiment is deployed for Army War College and that of Sikh Light Infantry Regiment for Infantry School. 

These battalions are stationed here generally for two to three years . Along with these Infantry battalions, a squadron of Armoured regiment, a battery of Artillery and a company of Mechanized Infantry are also stationed here for demonstration of their capabilities for the training purpose. 

While the Gorkhas were deployed, the signboards carried details of Lushai Battle and other prominent battles they had fought. Lushai battle was a great success for 4/1 Gorkha regiment. There was a lot of disturbance in the Lushai hills which comprise areas of present Mizoram and Tripura states in the late 1860s. Gorkha battalion was deployed in 1871 and it was given battle honours for Lushai battle. 

The signboards will now carry details of the battles won by Assam regiment, one of them is Battle of Jessami - a memorable incident for Assam regiment. It was the first battle with the Japanese on Indian soil. On March 27, 1944, the troops of Assam regiment fought a fierce battle with the 31st Division of Japanese army. Battle was significant as it led to strengthening of defence at Kohima, which played a major role in turning the tide of the Second World War in favour of the allied forces. The Assam regiment was raised in June 1941 by the British to counter the threat of Japanese invasion of India as the route to India was through this north-eastern part of the country. Since its raising, the regiment has won seven battle honours in British India while one honour in post-independence era. 

The major components of the regiment are Assamese, Nagas, Mizos and tribes of Arunachal Pradesh while two battalions of the regiment also have Dogras, Garhwalis and Gorkhas. The tribal character of the regiment helps its troops in excelling in mountain and jungle terrain. The insignia of the regiment is the one horn Rhinoceros and its motto is Assam Vikram, which means unique valor.

Source timesofindia

1/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrates raising day on September 1st

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Every year 1/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrates their raising day on 1st September as the regiment  1/11 Gorkha Rifles was raised on 01 Sep 1960 at Clement Town, Dehradun. he troops of the battalion are essentially RAIS and LIMBUS, a famous and dreaded Khukri wielding stock.
1/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrates  raising day on 01 September
1/11 Gorkha Rifles celebrates  raising day on 01 September 
They are known for never having been subjugated by any king or invader and their warrior qualities are very much in evidence to date. Since its raising, "The First" has taken part in almost all operations, which the Indian Army has participated be it in East, West, North or even abroad. The battalion was awarded the first coveted unit CITATION for operations in the North-East in 1993 and the crowning CITATION for its glorious action in capturing KHALUBAR at 17,000ft in Batalik Sector, during OP VIJAY in 1999. The FIRST has got the singular privilege of being conferred with the title of BRAVEST OF BRAVE for Capt Manoj Kumar Pandey being awarded PARAM VIR CHAKRA (Posthumous) and Lieutenant Puneet Nath Datt being awarded ASHOK CHAKRA (Posthumous).

The Martyrs of the Regiment are: -

Rfn Sunil Jung Mahat - 15 May 99 LNk Ram Kr
Pradhan - 26 May 99
Rfn Lichon Pradhan - 08 Jun 99 Capt M K
Pandey - 03 Jul 99
Hav Ganga Ram Rai - 03 Jul 99 Rfn Karna Bdr
Limbu - 03 Jul 99
Rfn Kalu Ram Rai - 03 Jul 99 Rfn Arun
Kumar Rai - 04 Jul 99
CHM Jhanak Bdr Rai - 04 Jul 99 LNk Tika Dhwoj
Lawati - 06 Jul 99
Rfn Jit Bdr Limbu - 11 Jul 99 Rfn
Raj Kumar Rai - 11 Jul 99
LNk DN Shrestha - 11 May 99

Rfn Shamsher Tamang - 13 Aug 98 Rfn Passang
Shrestha - 03 Sep 98
Rfn Mana Hang Subba - 07 Dec 98 Rfn Arun
Kumar Rai - 04 Jul 99

Lt Puneet Nath Datt - 20 Jul 97 LNk Debi
Kumar Limbu - 04 Aug 97

Capt B Subramaniam - 09 Sep 68 Nb/Sub
Chhabi Lal Limbu - 09 Sep 68
Maj MMS Bajaj, SC - 09 Jan 69 LNk
Bom Bahadur Limbu - 04 Aug 69
Rfn Parsu Ram Rai - 04 Aug 69

Rfn Maita Bdr Rai - 17 Jun 69
Rfn Bir Bahadur Limbu - 18 Jun 71

Rfn Jai Prasad Limbu - 08 Dec 71 LNk Kul
Bahadur Rai - 08 Dec 71
LNk Bir Bdr Gurung - 11 Dec 71 Rfn
Chandra Bdr Limbu - 08 Dec 71

OP PAWAN (Sri Lanka)
2Lt Ramesh Rawat - 06 Jun 89 Nb Sub
H C Sawan - 18 Aug 89
Hav Amir Rai - 18 Aug 89 Rfn
Suk Bir imbu - 18 Aug 89

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